Revisions to Certification Programs for Irrigation Professionals Specifications
Draft Labeling System and Draft Revised Specifications for Professional Certification Programs
On September 19, 2013, EPA released the Draft WaterSense Professional Certification Program Labeling System, three draft revised specifications for professional certification programs, and applications for professional certification programs to apply for the WaterSense label.
The draft labeling system and revised specifications create and institute a consolidated and common set of requirements that complement and streamline each of the WaterSense program specifications. Encompassed with these documents is mention of changes to the WaterSense irrigation partnership program. EPA is proposing to modify how WaterSense engages with irrigation professionals by removing the WaterSense partnership designation for individuals certified through WaterSense labeled programs and expanding program benefits to all professionals certified through labeled programs.
By implementing these changes, WaterSense can ensure both a base level of organizational competency among professional certifying organizations (PCOs) regardless of the type of professional certification program that earns the WaterSense label and consistency in the evaluation of professional certification programs. Based on available resources, these changes could allow WaterSense to expand the types of certification programs that can earn the WaterSense label and extend the benefits of the WaterSense program to a larger number of certified individuals.
Draft Labeling System, Draft Specifications, and Supporting Documentation
The cover letter, draft labeling system, draft specifications, and applications (PDF) (46 pg, 1.16M, About PDF) are contained in one PDF. Each component document is listed below. Please review the bookmarks within the PDF to visit the relevant section.
- Cover Letter
- Draft WaterSense Professional Certification Program Labeling System
- Draft Specifications (Revised)
- WaterSense Specification for Irrigation System Installation and Maintenance Certification Programs
- WaterSense Specification for Irrigation System Designer Certification Programs
- WaterSense Specification for Irrigation System Auditor Certification Programs
EPA invites interested parties to provide feedback in the form of written comments on both the draft specifications and program labeling system. Written comments must be received by November 19, 2013, and should be directed to email@example.com.
To facilitate the consistency and usefulness of comments received, please submit your comments using the Template for Public Comment Submission (DOC) (1 pg, 52K). You can either download and save this document template and directly insert your comments, or attach your comments in your own document, provided that you clearly reference the text or section in question, your recommended changes, and why you think these changes are needed.
On October 30, 2013, EPA held a teleconference and webinar with stakeholders to discuss the draft labeling system and draft specifications. For more information, please review:
Please contact the WaterSense Helpline at firstname.lastname@example.org or (866) WTR–SENS (987–7367) if you have any questions.
Notice of Intent
On October 11, 2012, EPA issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) (8 pp, 91.4K, About PDF) outlining several important changes that WaterSense is considering that will revise both the Specifications for Certification Programs for Irrigation Professionals and the WaterSense irrigation professional partnership.
EPA held listening sessions on November 6, 2012, and November 8, 2012, for interested partners and stakeholders to learn more about the changes.
Visit the final specification Web page for details and background on the current specifications for certification programs for irrigation professionals.