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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 Program.

The AWS Assurance System includes accreditation, training and professional credentialing functions to enable AWS to leverage the competencies of independent third-party entities and individuals to support implementation of the Standard. As a result, it is important to develop an international cadre of water stewardship professionals across industry sectors who will ensure credibility in the dissemination and adoption of water stewardship knowledge and expertise. The primary approach to ensure this credibility is through the development of a global water stewardship Professional Credentialing Program.

The AWS Professional Credentialing Program (PC Program) assures the delivery of the essential core competencies for the implementation and maintenance of the AWS Standard, and it provides a mechanism through which trained individuals can make claims about their skills and expertise. The credentials are structured in a tiered manner to reflect progressively increasing levels of awareness and practical knowledge. The Program and relevant credentials are based on the three levels of AWS Standard System Training.

Professional Credentialing Program 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 Program 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 Continuing Contribution Units which include:
    • webinars
    • volunteering
    • writing about the AWS System online or in print
  • Create your account on the AWS PC Program Portal

This will allow you to be registered on the AWS international website, access newly available information and learning on AWS Standard implementation and market your services to the level you are credentialed using AWS PC Program branding.

Based on the level of training completed, individuals within the PC Program can 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).

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