Certificate in Water Efficiency Management

This certificate prepares students for entry-level careers in water use efficiency and conservation. After completing the program, students may find employment as a specialist in water supply, water efficiency, program conservation, conservation outreach, natural resources, or environmental protection. Those already employed in public works, construction, landscaping, municipal administration, water distribution/treatment, or facilities oversight and planning are encouraged to complete this certificate to complement their knowledge and potentially increase employability, wages, and promotion opportunities. Students are expected to complete several industry certifications throughout the program including the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) D-1 Water Distribution Operator's Certificate examination and the T-1 Water Treatment Operator's Certificate examination as well as the California/Nevada American Water Works Association (AWWA) Grade 1 and 2 Water Use Efficiency Practitioner Certification exams.

Required courses:
WATR 150Introduction to Water Systems3
WATR 162Water Use Efficiency I3
WATR 164Water Use Efficiency II3
BIOL 145Environmental Science3
PUB 165Environmental Management3
SPCH 100Interpersonal Communication3
Complete the following math course:
Technical Mathematics5
Students may substitute a higher level mathematics course
Complete one (1) of the following courses:
Business Communications3
Microcomputer Applications I4
Urban Forest Management Planning3
Turf and Landscape Management3
Water Resources and Distribution I3
Water Treatment I3
Total Units26-27

Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Water Efficiency Management Certificate of Achievement will:

  1. Collect, interpret, and analyze water use data; calculate possible water savings; recommend ways business, agriculture, municipalities, and consumers can save water; and analyze implemented programs to determine if an agency is meeting usage goals.
  2. Adhere to water conservation regulations, implement water conservation projects, and promote conservation practices and regulations in the region.