a. Attendance at local, regional, national, and international
technical meetings (NGWA, GSA, AGU, etc.)—three (3) credits per day
attended, or appropriate fraction thereof; documentation of meeting must
be supplied for approval
b. Participation in or teaching of short courses and workshops
(NGWA, GSA, universities, government training, etc.)—four (4) credits
per day of participation or appropriate fraction thereof
c. Publication in refereed journals (Groundwater®, GSA Bulletin,
Water Resources Research, etc.)—eight (8) credits per published article
d. Teaching at universities, colleges, junior colleges where not
normally employed—two (2) credits per one semester or quarter hour
e. Oral presentation of papers at technical society meetings—four (4) credits per paper presented
f. Enrollment and attendance at university or college courses in
relevant subjects—seven (7) credits per semester credit unit earned/five
(5) credits per quarter credit unit earned.
g. Participation in, or presenting of, an NGWA Webinar—two(2) credits per Webinar presented or one (1) for participation (Webinar presenter form).
Paperwork may be submitted via
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 614 898.7786, or mailed to NGWA
Certification, 601 Dempsey Rd., Westerville, OH 43081.
Payment may be made by check to the
above address or over the phone by calling 800 551.7379 (614 898.7791 outside
the United States).
Certified individuals who are in good standing may be placed on an
"inactive" status for up to 12 consecutive months due to injury or
During this "inactive" time, the individual may not engage in any
groundwater industry activity that is covered by the Voluntary
Once the individual comes off of medical leave, he or she will have
an additional 12 months after being reinstated as "active" to fulfill
all certification requirements such as fees and PDCs.
The certified individual will also be responsible for the current
renewal requirements during this same time period. If such requirements
are not fulfilled during the 12-month period, then the individual will
be decertified and will be required to start the program all over again.
Complete the medical leave form.
NGWA's Code of Regulations defines retirement as "...those who have been
active and who, as a result of retirement, disability, or other good
cause, are no longer active in the groundwater industry...".
NGWA realizes that certified individuals have made a long-term
commitment to continuing education, personal achievement, and industry
professionalism and may not want to "give up" the designation.
Below you will find a list of common questions, with answers,
surrounding this topic. If you have other questions that are not listed,
please contact NGWA at 800 551.7379 (614 898.7791).
Q: What will retired individuals be responsible for submitting?
A: Initially, the retired person will be expected to provide a
signed declaration form stating that he/she is indeed retired from the
industry. No fees or PDCs will be required. After this first year, those
who have stated they are retired will no longer pay fees or fulfill
Q: What will the record state after the person has made a retired declaration?
A: All individuals who declare themselves retired will be listed as
"Retired in Good Standing" with the year of retirement printed
Q: Can retired individuals continue to use the certified logo designation?
A: No. Once a person has elected the retired option, the individual
may only use the retired logo. Individuals must indicate their retired
status as follows: John Smith, CGWP — Retired in Good Standing.
Q: By declaring myself retired, am I eligible to participate in any kind of activity within the groundwater industry?
A: Yes. You may take part in any industry activity that interests
you, as long as it is NOT the active participation in activities covered
by the Voluntary Certification Program.
Q: If I declare myself retired, can I reverse my decision and become "active" once again?
A: No. Individuals may not move in and out of the retirement category. (Medical conditions are addressed separately.)
If you would like to declare yourself retired, please sign and date
the Retirement Declaration form and send it back to NGWA so it is
received by December 31.
Complete the retirement declaration form.
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