When I received my certification for Orenco Systems to be a certified onsite maintenance provider, I was relieved to know that a majority of pumpers are not certified! Many homes and real estate transactions need septic inspection throughout there lifespan, ensuring continued growth for pumping companies.
“It was an eye-opening realization of where’d I’d come in my career with waste water & how many continuing education credits I had accumulated over the years,” Shon Steele said.
What’s the bottom line then? Although most states do not require a certification, many issue licenses based on certain contractor criteria. Regardless, continuing education are vital to maintaining onsite industry professionalism and personal standards.
Certification is a voluntary process by which an organization grants recognition to a professional who has met predetermined standards. I’ve been involved for many years in continuing education and certification programs for the National Association of Wastewater Technicians, NAWT Septic inspection, O2WA, & Orenco Onsite systems.
Many other certification programs are available, but, from a business standpoint, it’s important to participate, get certified & use the certifications. Through education, you & your company gain valuable knowledge in a structured environment to present back to your team moving forward.
A key aspect that separates this industry from another is the extent to which contactors alike share knowledge and firsthand experience with others, mainly new members. Even with its competitiveness and independence, the industry shares practical answers with everyone.
NAWT certification programs are voluntary, which is what separates them from state licensing programs. State licensing programs set the minimum standards and requirements to do the work within a state. For example, septic inspection is law in many states, making it vital that your company should be certified to jump on that market.
Certification through NAWT & other programs truly shows the dedication to whom participate on a regular basis and keep up with the changing technology. It is a way to indicate that you are committed to continued improvement in your profession out of care and dedication. Mark Hacker, co-owner of Hacker Plumbing and Drilling in Vincennes, Ind., credits much of his success to onsite certification and continuing education.
All certification programs have a set of standards that define them. Get to know the standards of the organizations you belong to. Anyone who can meet the standards through exams, education, experience and others can become certified.
Standards also define what type of work you should be able to do, and the information you should know. Certification helps you demonstrate your abilities and knowledge to customers.
Through the certification program’s continuing education requirements, you’re continually updating and adding to your knowledge and skills. A lifetime of learning is important for anyone trying to become successful.
It completely raises the bar of professionalism; as you become more recognized, the greater the opportunities that can potentially come your way.
From a business perspective, it is important that you build certification for yourself and for your employees into your business plan. If your company plans to expand into new markets, certification helps with understand that market and gives a more accurate sense of how well you should plan to succeed.
Just a few widely use credentials in the wastewater industry:
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