Since its inception in 1970, the National Ground Water Association Voluntary Certification Program has been a vital link between the groundwater industry and the general public, ensuring quality and professionalism. Developed by groundwater professionals for groundwater professionals, the program continues to expand and build equity. The ultimate goals are to protect public health and to elevate industry professionalism.
NGWA’s Voluntary Certification Program is for individuals only. There is currently no provision for the certification of companies.
The number of exams required varies with each designation; the CWD and CPI designations require two exams each, the CVCLD and CSP designations require only one exam.
No. However, members pay discounted fees for exams and the annual renewal fees.
Yes. There is an annual renewal fee due December 31 each year. The fee differs, depending on your designation and NGWA member status. There is also an annual continuing education requirement to maintain certification.
No. Continuing education can be earned a variety of ways. Attendance at a trade show may be helpful in earning continuing education, but there are several alternatives. Contact NGWA or go to www.NGWA.org/Certification for more information about maintaining certification.
Yes. If you meet the qualifications of any particular designation, it can be obtained regardless of any other designations you may already have. For example, if you meet the requirements for the CVCLD designation after already having earned the CWD designation, your new designation would read CWD/CVCLD.
NGWA certification is maintained at the individual level, regardless of employer or employment status. It is the individual’s responsibility to maintain his/her certification.
You can take exams at computer testing centers across the nation by contacting PSI/LaserGrade. They can be reached at 800 211.2754 (360 896.9111 outside the United States).
There is no longer a waiting period to retake a failed exam. You have one year from the time you pass your first exam to pass all of the required exams for certification.
Certification exams are tailored to the topics that they cover. Topics covered generally apply to site-related mobilization, well construction, well components, well development, rehabilitating wells, decommissioning wells, pumping systems, and job-site safety practices.
You must retake the exams and follow the same procedures as anyone initially entering the program. Any previously earned category exams will no longer apply until the exams are passed again.
You must submit written references from two professionals in the groundwater industry who are not affiliated with your current company to verify your experience, and you must sign an affidavit stating there is no legal action pending against you within 12 months of the qualifying exam session.
Contact NGWA within 12 months of the qualifying exam session. You must submit written references from two professionals in the groundwater industry who are not affiliated with your current company to verify your experience, and you must sign an affidavit. These can be found at www.NGWA.org/Certification.
They are two separate operations with different requirements. NGWA’s Voluntary Certification Program is administered and governed by NGWA. The states using NGWA’s certification exams for licensing must adhere to the rules and regulations approved by their respective state legislatures. In most states, licensure is a legal requirement to be able to drill wells or install pumps, and is separate from NGWA Certification. For information on NGWA’s Voluntary Certification Program, contact NGWA. For information on state licensing requirements, contact the state you are interested in.
No. You will be charged $75 per exam to take exams for state licensing. If you wish to use the exams for certification as a nonmember, you may then pay the outstanding difference.
If you take exams through PSI/LaserGrade, the computer testing center, you will receive your scores immediately.
Contact NGWA’s Certification Department. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 800 551.7379 (614 898.7791 outside the United States).
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