Water University


To provide recognition and certification for experience and educational achievements in the field of water and wastewater management.

Today, the water and wastewater industry is more complex than ever before. Economics, increased complexity in regulatory requirements and a changing society are crafting the water and wastewater systems of tomorrow. As our industry changes, there is a strong need to recognize the individuals who provide management leadership to the industry and create a standard for the future manager to strive for, thus meeting the demands of the future.


The “Utility Management Certification” program is designed to recognize the professional educational achievements of individuals and to market their achievements and skills to increase the value of today's water professionals. Whether you are currently a manager or in an entry level position, the “UMC” designation will enhance your career opportunities and document your field of study as the demand for qualified management personnel increase.


The Water University and the UMC program are supported by the Florida Rural Water Association and National Rural Water Association. This unique foundation provides state and national recognition of those achieving this valuable certification. This designation will be valuable to boards and councils in the hiring process as systems become more complex and available qualified candidates become more scarce due to retirements and the changing workforce.


Operator certification is not enough for tomorrow's manager. The future will demand different skill sets that far exceed operations. The UMC designation will document fields of study in public relations, financial planning, ethics, human resources and other skills not covered in today's operator certification programs.

The course has been approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Operator Certification Program to meet the management requirement to take the Class "A" Drinking Water/Wastewater and Class "1" Water Distribution Examinations. For more information on acquiring CEUs for this course upon completion, please contact frwa@frwa.net.

We invite you to achieve the recognition of Utility Management Certification for your future and the future of your water and wastewater industry.

The Water University highly recommends the use of study material before taking the certification examinations, including the purchase of study guides and attendance of Water U preparation courses. Examinations cover a wide array of topics in great technical detail. Exam questions come directly from the Study Guide and it will continue to serve as a great reference document after you have secured your Utility Management Certificate.

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