1 Collection System Maintenance Certification 201 . Candidate Handbook This booklet Subject matter for the Collection System Maintenance tests New KSA descriptions including KSA. weighting Selected study references Certification policies Frequently Asked Questions Collection System Contents Maintenance Introduction 2. The california water environment association 2. 201 The Technical Certification Program 2. Candidate Handbook Important Information 2. The Certification Process 2. Code of Ethics 2. Test Administration and Admission 2-3. Test Design and Format 3. Test Scoring 3. Test Rescheduling and Cancellation 3. Item Appeals 3. Test Result Notification 4. Issue of Certificate/Wallet Cards 4. Certificate Renewal 4. This handbook contains information about Accommodations For Those With Physical or Learning Disabilities 4. the Collection System Maintenance Grade I Collection System Maintenance 5. Certification program. Please read this entire handbook to become familiar with Eligibility Criteria for Taking the Test 5.
2 Certification procedures and policies. As a Knowledge Skills & Abilities (KSAs) 5. certificate applicant, you are responsible for Complexity of Test Questions 5. knowing the contents of this handbook. If you have any questions please contact your Understanding KSAs 5-7. Local Section Chair (listed in the TCP Grade II Collection System Maintenance 8. Application) or the CWEA office at 510- 382-7800. Eligibility Criteria for Taking the Test 8. Qualifying With Your Education 8. Statement of Non-Discrimination Knowledge Skills & Abilities (KSAs) 8. Policy Complexity of Test Questions 8. CWEA does not discriminate among Understanding KSAs 8-10. applicants on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, national origin, disability, sexual Grade III Collection System Maintenance 11. orientation or marital status. Eligibility Criteria for Taking the Test 11. Qualifying With Your Education 11. Copyright 2007 by the california Knowledge Skills & Abilities (KSAs) 11.
3 water environment association Complexity of Test Questions 11. Understanding KSAs 12-13. Grade IV Collection System Maintenance 14. california water environment Eligibility Criteria for Taking the Test 14. association Technical Certification Program Qualifying With Your Education 14. 7677 Oakport Street, Suite 600 Knowledge Skills & Abilities (KSAs) 14. Oakland, CA 94621 Complexity of Test Questions 14. phone: 510-382-7800 Understanding KSAs 14-16. fax: 510-382-7810 SAMPLE TEST QUESTIONS 17-18. web: SELECTED REFERENCES 19-20. PREPARING FOR YOUR TEST 21. Determining Your Preparedness 21. Using the Selected References 21. Using the Test Content Areas as a Guide to Your Study 21. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 21. Contents Page 1. Introduction Important Information The california water environment association After applications are received at the CWEA office, CWEA's mission is to enhance the education and applicant information is compiled in a database and effectiveness of california wastewater professionals reviewed by CWEA staff and subject matter experts through training, Certification , dissemination of for the respective vocation applied for.
4 If approved, technical information, and promotion of sound the applicant will receive and acceptance letter. If the policies to benefit society through protection and application is rejected, the applicant will be notified enhancement of the water environment . and asked if warranted to supply more information. After completion of the computer-based test and CWEA is a california Nonprofit Corporation and is a grading, applicants are mailed official test results. Member association of the water environment Those who pass the exam, are mailed certificates Federation and a member of the National and blue wallet cards. Organization for Competency Assurance. The Technical Certification Program Code of Ethics The Technical Certification Program (TCP) was The Code of Ethics is intended to reflect the stan- created to offer multilevel technical Certification for dards and behavior that california water Environ- individuals employed in the water quality field.
5 Tests ment association certificate holders and applicants are written by vocational specialists and expect of each other as they perform their work pro- administered throughout the year in six different tecting public health and the environment and that disciplines: Collection System Maintenance , reaffirm the value of holding a CWEA certifi- Environmental Compliance Inspection, Laboratory cate. The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to ensure Anal ys t, Plant Maintenanc e (Electric al/ public confidence in the integrity and service of pro- Instrumentation and Mechanical Technologist), fessional water quality workers while performing their Industrial Waste Treatment Plant Operator, and Bio- duties. solids Land Application Management. All california water environment association certifi- cate holders and applicants are expected to meet the CWEA first offered a Certification program for following standards of professional conduct and eth- operators of wastewater treatment plants in 1937.
6 Ics: The program was administered by CWEA until 1973 1. To protect public health, themselves, their co- when the State of california assumed responsibility workers, property, and the environment by per- for the program. During those 36 years, CWEA forming the Essential Duties of the CWEA certi- awarded 3,915 operator certificates. fied vocation safely and effectively, and comply- ing with all applicable federal, state and local The first committees were formed in 1975 to regulations. establish a new voluntary Certification program for 2. To represent themselves truthfully and honestly water quality professionals specializing in disciplines throughout the entire Certification process. other than plant operation. The Voluntary 3. To adhere to all test site rules and make no at- Certification Program (VCP) emerged with tempt to complete the test dishonestly or to as- specialized certificate programs for Collection sist any other person in doing so.
7 System Maintenance , Plant Maintenance , 4. To refrain from activities that may jeopardize the Environmental Compliance Inspection, and integrity of the Technical Certification Program. Laboratory Analyst with certifications first issued in April 1976. In the 1980s, two more disciplines were Test Administration And Admission added: Electrical/Instrumentation, and Industrial Testing Dates and Sites: Tests are given throughout Waste Treatment Plant Operator. the year within four quarterly windows (see Applica- Today CWEA offers Certification in vocational tion for Technical Certification for test schedule). programs with a total of 23 individual certifications . Applicants who are eligible to take the test will be About 2,000 Certification applications are processed mailed an acceptance letter with instructions on how annually and currently 5,500 certificates are held by to schedule their exam. individuals in california and neighboring states.
8 Testing Application The Certification Process Window Test Dates Deadline To become certified, all applicants must complete Spring April 1 - June 30 February 28. the Application For Technical Certification , pay the Summer July 1 - September 30 May 31. application fee, have suitable experience and Fall October 1 - December 31 August 31. education, and pass the computer-based test. Winter January 1 - March 31 November 30. Application instructions and fee schedules are listed on the application. Introduction Page 2. Test Site Admission: Certificate candidates are Test Scoring required to show at least one valid government Scoring Method: All tests are electronically scored by issued photo identification (State driver's license or Pearson VUE pending approval by CWEA. Most test ID, or passport). Only after positive identification has items are valued at one point. Some test items re- been made by the testing proctor can a candidate be quiring calculations are worth multiple points varying allowed to take a CWEA Certification test.
9 From two to five (possibly more). After tests are Candidates are not required to show their eligibility scored, total points are compiled and an overall letters to enter the test site. score is calculated as the sum of all points earned on the test. If the overall score is equal to , or greater Test Security: All tests are computer-based. No than the established pass point, the candidate has reference material, laptop computers, or cameras passed the test. Total points possible for each test are allowed in the test site, see PV policy varies, but the average is 100 points plus or minus ( ). Candidates will have access to 25. an on-screen calculator, however, candidates are welcome to bring pre-approved calculator (visit How Passing Scores Are Set: Each time a Certification ). Candidates are not allowed to test is given the questions are changed resulting in a take any notes from the test site. Candidates who different test form.
10 Since each form has different violate test site rules may be asked to leave the site questions the difficulty level of the test may not be and may be disqualified from the test. All violations the same from form to form. The passing score is of test security will be investigated by CWEA and developed as an overall estimate of minimal appropriate action will be taken. acceptable competence in the Test Content Areas by subject matter and testing experts. Passing scores Test Design And Format are determined by an overall passing score, not by Test Design: All Certification tests are designed to test performance on individual Test Subject Areas, and knowledge and abilities required to perform the are independent of other candidate's scores. Partial Knowledge Domains listed at the end of the section credit will not be awarded for any test item answered with minimal acceptable competence. incorrectly. The Knowledge Domains previously known as Es- Test Rescheduling and Cancellation sential Duties and Test Content Areas for each Certification were determined by a job analysis and To reschedule your application you must submit a meta-analysis of job specifications by two written request (a letter stating that you wish to post- independent psychometric consulting firms.)