Professional Certification Titles

Levels of WQA Certification: 

Core Level

This designation focuses on conducting water tests and site surveys at residences and selling and configuring treatment options for aesthetic contaminants.

This designation is for professionals conducting water tests and site surveys at residences and selling and configuring treatment equipment and multistage treatment trains for residential problem water applications.

This designation addresses placement of water treatment equipment in residences and ensures specified performance, complying with local codes and regulations to protect customer health.

This designation focuses on troubleshooting of existing residential water treatment equipment, with an emphasis on correcting underlying problems over addressing symptoms.
This designation addresses best practices of installation of point-of-use coolers and reverse osmosis systems at business and residential locations, as well as troubleshooting and servicing of existing systems.

Advanced Level

Master Water Specialists is a Certified Water Specialist with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in treatment design for problem water applications and greater expertise in optimizing tank-based treatment systems and IX softener efficiency, aeration, whole-house RO, mixed bed systems, water chemistry, and residential deionization technologies

Eligibility for certification will require completion of the Basics and Fundamentals modules and appropriate Core module in WQA's Modular Education Program (MEP).

  • Certified professionals holding the titles of CWS-V and CWS-VI prior to May 1, 2015 were re-designated as Master Water Specialists
  • CWS-II, CWS-III and CWS-IV title holders prior to May 1, 2015 were re-designated simply as Certified Water Specialists. All Certified Water Specialists may work through the advanced curriculum of the new MEP program to achieve the Master Water Specialist title
  • Sales Representatives (CSR) title holders prior to May 1, 2015 were retitled as Certified Water-Treatment Representatives (CWR). They may pursue any other core certification title through the MEP.