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WQA Virtual Education is up and running
Live sessions take place April 21-23, on-demand sessions available now

LISLE, IL (April 20, 2020) - The final piece of the Water Quality Association’s virtual convention events is in place now with the launch of WQA Virtual Education.  Nearly 30 hours of on-demand education sessions, most of them offering Continuing Professional Development credit, are available online to registered participants, and a series of live webinars is set for April 21-23.

Highlights include:

  • The Hon. Richard Gephardt of Gephardt Government Affairs on the latest in industry advocacy efforts
  • Marc Edwards, PhD, a researcher from Virginia Tech, on the recently completed WQRF Development of a Standardized Scaling Test Protocol (aka Benchmarking Study)
  • Cliff Fasnacht with Pacific Purification on water quality, treatment, and unique business concerns for cannabis growers

The education sessions were created in the wake of the cancellation of the WQA Convention & Exposition because of public health and safety issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  Other online convention events took place in recent weeks, including WQA member section meetings and a Virtual Annual Meeting that featured WQA Leadership Awards, elections, industry updates and an address by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

Online education allows convention registrants to benefit from the technical- and business-focused education program offered at the annual convention, giving flexibility to attend more sessions that would have been possible live, and opens up the sessions to people who would not have been able to attend the Orlando event. Participants in most online sessions can earn CPD credit by passing a short quiz afterward, and sessions will be available online throughout the year for learning at one’s own pace.

In addition, on April 21-23, WQA will host live presentations and Q&A sessions with some of the industry’s top experts on water quality issues and business success. CPD credit is available by attending many of these sessions, as well.

The full lineup of topics and speakers, plus details on how to join in, on the WQA Convention website. People already registered for the WQA Convention were automatically confirmed for both the live sessions and on-demand training. Others can register here.


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).