WaterSense Releases NOI to Update Professional Certification Programs

Dear WaterSense Stakeholder,

WaterSense is announcing its intent to update its specifications covering certification programs for irrigation professionals as well as the WaterSense irrigation professional partnership. With this notice of intent (NOI), WaterSense outlines several important changes under consideration that would foster program growth and expand the benefits of WaterSense irrigation partnership to more professionals.

The program changes outlined in the NOI are two-fold:

1. WaterSense is proposing to restructure its current specifications for professional certification programs by creating a consolidated and common set of general requirements that would apply to all professional certifying organizations (PCOs). WaterSense will continue to create individual specifications for requirements specific to particular types of certification programs.

2. WaterSense is considering expanding the benefits of partnership to all professionals certified by WaterSense labeled programs and, in doing so, remove the individual partnership designation.

To learn more about these changes, WaterSense encourages interested partners and stakeholders to review the NOI and participate in one of two listening sessions:

  • In person: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the 2012 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Orlando, Florida. Orange County Convention Center, Room W104A.
  • Online: Via WaterSense Webinar: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM EST. Click here to register.

WaterSense also welcomes written feedback and questions on all concepts and topics included in this NOI. Interested parties should submit these by email to watersense-programs@erg.com.

If you have general questions regarding the WaterSense program, please contact the WaterSense Helpline at (866) WTR-SENS (987-7367) or email watersense@epa.gov.

Sincerely,

The WaterSense Team