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Professional Credentialing

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In addition to organisational accreditation, AWS offers individuals who have undergone the formal AWS Standard System Training the opportunity to join the AWS Professional Credentialing system.

This means that trained individuals can make specific claims about their level of expertise and training on water stewardship and their knowledge of applying the AWS Standard. AWS and our Accredited Training Partners offer a structured three-day training program on water stewardship and the AWS Standard via our AWS Standard System Training. Based on the level of training completed, individuals are eligible to acquire a Professional Credential, enabling them to make the following claims:

AWS Foundation Professional

Those that have completed one day of AWS Standard System Training and passed the relevant exam will be able to make the claim of AWS Foundation Professional. These individuals have acquired a general knowledge of water stewardship concepts and principles, key concepts regarding freshwater challenges and systems, and AWS-specific definitions and terminology. They will also have introductory knowledge of the AWS Standard and Standard System. Individuals with this level of credential are enabled to advocate for water stewardship.

AWS Advanced Professional

Those that have completed two days of AWS Standard System Training and passed the relevant exam will be able to make the claim of AWS Advanced Professional. In addition to the concepts outlined in Foundation Training, these individuals have acquired a working knowledge of the criteria and indicators within the AWS Standard. Individuals with this level of credential are able to implement the Standard at their organisation or provide assistance to those implementing the Standard as a service provider.

AWS Specialist Professional – Consultant, Trainer and/or Auditor

Those that have completed three days of AWS Standard System Training and passed the relevant exam will be able to make the claim of AWS Specialist Professional – Consultant, Auditor or Trainer. In addition to the concepts outlined in Foundation and Advanced Training, these individuals will have further experience with practical application of the AWS Standard in different contexts. They will also have detailed knowledge of the AWS System, including the Accreditation and Certification Requirements. Individuals with this level of credential are enabled to lead a team of implementers, auditors or trainers (there are additional requirements for auditors and trainers, who must be connected to an Accredited Organisation, find out more here)

Professional Credentialing System Details

Once you have completed the training course and passed the relevant open-book exam with a score above 80%, you are able to join the AWS Professional Credentialing System at the level to which you have been trained. Upon opting in, you will be invited to:

  • Sign the AWS Professional Credentialing Code of Conduct for a three-year commitment
  • Pay an annual fee
  • Commit to continual education credits which include:
    • webinars
    • advocacy around water stewardship

This will allow you to be registered on the AWS international website, have access to and input on learning modalities around the implementation of the Standard and offer your services legitimately to the level you are credentialed.

Please contact Mona Karraoui for further information.