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Water Quality Association seeks mentors for certification
Experienced professionals would assist learners in completing required field work

LISLE, Ill. (Jan. 8, 2020) – The Water Quality Association is looking for experienced individuals willing to serve as mentors for water treatment professionals who are earning their certification. The paid mentors are needed when a mentor is not available from the learner’s company to help learners complete the field activities in the Modular Education Program (MEP) three-step approach of reading, e-learning and field activities.

 “This is an excellent way for our industry experts to share their knowledge with those new to the water quality industry,” said Tanya Lubner, PhD, Professional Certification and Training Director. “Mentors are a critical part of helping ensure continued expertise and consumer protection.”

 Mentors assist by reviewing the documented results of the field activities and providing the learner with technical knowledge and support throughout the learning process. These activities help learners understand how they will apply their training to their everyday work.

 Leaners are required to have mentors to successfully complete the MEP, but sometimes companies cannot provide one in-house or would rather outsource that work. The greatest need is often for dealer and distribution company owners who are new to the industry, or individuals within plumbing or well drilling companies tasked with the water treatment portion of the business.

 WQA will maintain a list of approved mentors from which learners could select, but WQA will not regulate fees nor mediate disputes. Mentors will set their own fees for their services and collect payment directly from the learners.

Details on the program and mentor qualifications can be found at

WQA is a not-for-profit
trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. WQA’s education and professional certification programs have been providing industry-standardized training and credentialing since 1977.  The WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water since 1959. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).