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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.

INTRODUCTORY LEVEL

Basic Water Works

Basic Customer Service

Basic People Skills

WATER APPRENTICE LEVEL

Water Treatment Basics

Safe Drinking Water Act

Water Distribution Basics

Intermediate Customer Service

Water Sector Technology

Career Planning

Upon completion of this level, learner receives a certificate of completion and would be prepared to sit for state licensing exams.

WATER PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

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.*


MASTER WATER PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Environmental Awareness

Board and Community Relations

Communications for the Water Professional Advanced

Rate Setting and Financial Management s

Asset Management

Workforce Planning

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.

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