Michigan Water Academy®
The Michigan Water Academy ® is designed to complement existing Section training and to supplement state licensure, taking the learner beyond regulatory requirements, helping him/her to demonstrate both skill and judgement. It is the hope that the Academy® can serve as a career progression pathway that helps water professionals to advance within their organization and reach their long-term career goals.
A special thank you to the Michigan Water Academy® Advisory Committee members for the ongoing guidance in the creation of the Michigan Water Academy®.
- Terri Conerway of Great Lakes Water Authority
- Dave DeGrand of Lansing
- Bill Fritz formerly of Waterford and now of Great Lakes Water Authority
- Wayne Jernberg of Grand Rapids
- Brian Steglitz of Ann Arbor
We Need Subject Matter Experts
The Section is using three approaches to course development: licensing existing courses, partnering with training companies, and developing original content. No matter how the course is development, Michigan Section members will review the program agendas to ensure the highest degree of applicability for Michigan water professionals. This takes a host of volunteer experts willing to commit their time and talent to helping the Section develop these new training options. If you're willing to help, please complete a volunteer form.
We Also Need Trainers
The Section is also looking for experienced professionals to conduct these trainings. Qualifications vary by course but all instructors must have a minimum of five years in the water sector. Each trainer will be required to complete a Trainer Onboarding program that helps ensure an understanding of adult learning best practices as well as a high degree of training proficiency. If you're interested, please complete a volunteer form.
Safety is an integral part of every technical class. The Academy® strives to create a safety culture and instill that culture in its learners.
Basic Water Works
Basic Customer Service
Basic People Skills
Water Treatment Basics
Safe Drinking Water Act
Water Distribution Basics
Intermediate Customer Service
Water Sector Technology
Upon completion of this level, learner receives a certificate of completion and would be prepared to sit for state licensing exams.
Source Water Management
Water Treatment Advanced
Water Distribution Advanced
Supervision and Management
Conflict Management and Resolution
Communications for the Water Professional Basic
Advanced Customer Service
Security and Emergency Planning
Upon completion of this level, learner would be eligible to apply for the Water Professional credential.*
Board and Community Relations
Communications for the Water Professional Advanced
Rate Setting and Financial Management s
Strategic Decision Making
Leadership for the Water Professional
Technology in Water Management
Upon completion of this level, learner would be eligible to apply for the Master Water Professional credential.*
Not all classes are available yet; many are still in development. *Credential not yet available.