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Accelerated Pathways to Get Certified

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Building Knowledge, Skills and Confidence

WQA offers accelerated pathways to achieve the CWS, CST, CWR, CI, and CTD designations.

Professionals already holding a WQA certification may be exempt from some or all of the prerequisites below and should contact the Professional Certification & Training department at education@wqa.org or 630-505-0160 for more information.

Certified Water Specialist Accelerated Path

For professionals with 2+ years of experience selling and configuring treatment equipment and multistage treatment trains for residential problem water applications, direct to consumers.
certified water specialist logo
Requirements for CWS Designation

✓ 2+ years of experience specifying problem water treatment for B2C applications

 Pass Two Challenge Tests for Assessing Water Quality & Application and Sizing of POU/POE water treatment for problem water applications in the B2C market

 Complete self-paced online Ethics Course

 Pass Certification Exam

CWS Accelerated Path Bundle:

Two Assessment Tests

Ethics Course

CWS Exam

* Optional

Certified Water Treatment Representative Accelerated Path

For professionals with 2+ years of experience selling and configuring treatment options for aesthetic  contaminants, direct to consumers.
certified water treatment logo
Requirements for CWR Designation

✓ 2+ years of experience selling POU/POE water treatment equipment in a B2C market

 Pass One Challenge Test for Assessing Water Quality

 Complete self-paced online Ethics Course

 Pass Certification Exam

CWR Accelerated Path Bundle:

One Assessment Test

Ethics Course

CWR Exam

* Optional

Certified Installer Accelerated Path

For professionals with 2+ years of experience placing POE and POU water treatment in residences. Focuses on safe installation, code compliance, and general water treatment equipment knowledge.
certified installer
Requirements for CI Designation

✓ 2+ years of experience in POU/POE water treatment equipment

 Complete a two-hour review video

 Complete self-paced online Ethics Course

 Pass Certification Exam

CI Accelerated Path Bundle:

Two-Hour Review Video

Ethics Course

CI Exam

* Optional

Certified Treatment Designer Accelerated Path

For those with 3+ years of experience  in business-to-business technical sales or technical support, R&D engineers, public health professionals or others involved in supporting selection, troubleshooting and maintenance of POU/POE water treatment technologies and equipment.
certified treatment designer
Requirements for CTD Designation

✓ 3+ years of experience  in B2B experience in technical sales/technical support of POU/POE equipment & applications

 Complete self-paced online Ethics Course

 Pass Certification Exam

CTD Accelerated Path Bundle:

Ethics Course

CTD Exam

* Optional

Certified Service Technician Accelerated Path

For field professionals with 2+ years of experience servicing existing POU/POE residential treatment systems. Focuses on troubleshooting and correcting underlying problems.
certified service technician
Requirements for CST Designation

✓ 2+ years of experience  specifying problem water treatment for B2C applications

 Pass Two Challenge Tests for Assessing Water Quality & Application and Sizing of POU/POE water treatment for problem water applications in the B2C market

 Complete self-paced online Ethics Course

 Pass Certification Exam

CST Accelerated Path Bundle:

Two Assessment Tests

Ethics Course

CST Exam **

** Certified Installers who earned their CI title prior to 2022 do not need to complete any prerequisites and should contact eduation@wqa.org for information on taking the CST exam
* Optional

To achieve any WQA-certified designation, the candidate must complete the appropriate prerequisites, pass a comprehensive exam and agree to abide by the WQA Code of Ethics for the water treatment industry. 

While the training is structured to provide the certification candidate with a stronger understanding of the concepts and topics covered on the certification exams, completion of training does not guarantee a passing score on the exam. Review exam blueprints and study guides and requirements for taking an online exam.