WQA's professional certifications are valid for three years. If a person's certification has not been renewed by the cycle's expiration date, the certification is considered lapsed or expired. The person's name will be placed in an inactive "decertified" file and the person's name will not appear in the online Find Certified Professionals directory.
Expiration due to lack of CPD credits
A person whose certification has lapsed because he or she failed to earn the required CPD credits must retake and pass one of the basic* examinations in order to become recertified. The recertified person will then begin a new three-year certification cycle, and must earn the required CPD credits within that new cycle. Credits from the previous cycle will not carry over.
If a person previously certified as a Master Water Specialist or a Master Service Technician, and earns recertification within one year of the lapsed expiration date, the Master-level designation will be restored. If a person previously certified as a Certified Water Specialist retakes the basic CWS exam and earns recertification within one year of the lapsed expiration date, any higher-level designations (CWS II-VI) earned by taking WQA specialty exams will be automatically reinstated. This will prevent the person from having to pay several additional fees to regain the higher status. However, those exams taken in the previous cycle may not be counted as earned CPD credits for the new cycle. If the person does not retake and pass the basic exam within one year of the expiration date, he or she must repeat all the examinations to earn the higher designations.
* Basic examinations include those for the Certified Water Specialist, Certified Installer, Certified Water Treatment Representative, or Certified Service Technician designation.
Reinstatement after certification expiration due to non-payment of recertifcation fees
A person who had already earned all of the required CPD credits needed by the recertification deadline, but has allowed the certification to lapse because of non-payment of the certification renewal fee, is eligible to seek reinstatement during a limited stated period of time and thereby avoid retaking the basic exam. Reinstatement without examination requires that the eligible person pay the regular certification renewal fee plus an additional $50 reinstatement fee no less than five months after the expiration date.
The reinstated person will then begin a new three-year certification cycle, and must earn the required CPD credits within that new cycle. Credits from the previous cycle are considered null and void and will not be carried over. If the person does not meet the reinstatement deadline, he or she must retake one of the basic exams to be recertified.