Continuing Education Credit Guide
In order to receive educational credits, you must scan your WEFTEC badge when you enter and exit a workshop, technical session, or the exhibit hall. Scanners for exhibit hall contact hours will be located at kiosks stationed throughout the exhibit halls. Please note: The hand scanners used by the convention center security personnel are for security purposes only and will not acknowledge time spent in the exhibit hall. Badges will be issued onsite through the registration or check in. If scanners are not present for a particular session, there will be a sign in sheet available.
Recently there has been an increased focus on continuing education programs for licensed professionals. Educational events, such as WEFTEC, further your education, provide opportunities to get involved and gain knowledge of technical advances in your field, and in many cases are required in order for you to renew licenses or certifications.
At WEFTEC you can earn up to 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at workshops, 16.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) at technical sessions, and up to eight contact hours per day for time spent visiting the exhibition. Due to changes in the Technical Sessions schedule from year-to-year the total number of PDHs can vary slightly.
WEF calculates educational credits following a standardized method that is widely accepted by many certification and licensing agencies; however, many states differ in the types and/or numbers of credits they will approve for educational events. Because of this, participants are responsible for exploring their state requirements and for ensuring that WEFTEC credits are accepted. Please remember that WEF provides documentation to attendees; however, most states require the individual licensee to report continuing education credits.
Certificates and transcripts are available to participants electronically when WEFTEC begins! Please keep in mind that, although WEF does provide these files, most states will require the individual licensee to report continuing education credits.
Contact hours are given for time spent visiting the exhibition and participating in facility tours, pavilion sessions, and mobile sessions. The exhibition provides the opportunity to see the newest developments in water and wastewater technology and get firsthand demonstrations from the experts. A contact hour is defined as one hour spent engaged in an activity that contributes to the professional skills of the participant.
WEF offers Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for participation in technical sessions. Because technical sessions cover diverse topics ranging from the fundamentals to research, there is something for every attendee. A PDH is typically defined as one hour that is spent engaged in an activity that contributes to the advancement or enhancement of professional skills or scientific knowledge of a professional engineer.
WEF offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for full participation in workshops, which are held as full and half day sessions in a classroom setting conducted by industry-leading professionals. One CEU is the equivalent of 10 hours of training or formal instruction. These are distributed for structured, relevant professional training above and beyond that of initial certification or employment in a particular field.
CEU and PDH credits are available for Workshops. Please see the "State Details" tab.
WEF applies for approval in every state, and will be happy to work with individuals and Member Associations on additional state or agency approvals upon request. In addition, WEF has been approved as a Training Provider through the Florida Board of Professional Engineers, the New York State Department of Education and the Ohio EPA.
You may review each agencies approval letter and additional information using the links below:
State Credit Calculations:
Some state licensing boards will accept CEUs for session under 3 hours in length. Some use different acronyms for training credits. In most instances, the credits issued by WEF can be converted to meet state specific requirements that vary from the system used by WEF. This is usually managed at the state level using the following conversion method:
1.0 CEU = 10 Hours of session time
1.0 PDH = 1 Hour of session time
1.0 Contact Hour = 1 Hour of session time
For Example: 1.2 CEU Credits = 12.0 PDH Credits or 17.0 PDH Credits could equate to 1.7 CEU Credits Depending on individual state regulations
Once again, WEFTEC is “LIVE” this year! That means you are now able to access and track your continuing education participation during and immediately after the conference. Please use the link above to access your personal CE records.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of your certificate and transcript from WEFTEC 2017.
Please email email@example.com to request a copy of your certificate and transcript from WEFTEC 2016.