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Fundamentals of Water Efficiency: Strategies for Effective Water Management

About the Program

The Certified Water Efficiency Professional (CWEP) program presented by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is designed to help educate and qualify individuals in the water/energy management field on best practices for improving water efficiency. By obtaining the CWEP Certification, candidates will gain industry and peer recognition by demonstrating their understanding of technical and operational water management principles.

Water is one of the most essential natural resources. More and more businesses both large and small, industries, institutions, utilities, cities and governmental agencies are looking for strategies to reduce water usage to reduce their costs and as a part of their larger sustainability plans. Implementing water-efficient technologies or techniques is often a team effort involving individuals with varied backgrounds, responsibilities, and levels of expertise.

This comprehensive two-day instructional program is designed to help educate those who have responsibilities in the sustainable or utility efficiency field on best practices for maximizing results and understanding water efficiency basics. Attendees will learn technical and organizational strategies, including conducting a water efficiency site assessment, water billing, relevant terminology, federal, state and municipal mandates and policies, and water measurement and verification, along with water supply options and water balancing development.

The seminar is designed to serve as a preparatory training vehicle for the examination required to be completed by those interested in obtaining AEE's Certified Water Efficiency Professional (CWEP) certification. The seminar is also open to those who simply wish to benefit from the training provided, and do not wish to sit for the exam following the seminar.

By obtaining the CWEP certification, participants will gain industry and peer recognition by demonstrating their understanding of technical and operational water efficiency principles. The program also serves as a fundamental building block for additional individual professional development such as obtaining the Energy Efficiency Practitioner (EEP), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CDSP) or the Business Energy Professional (BEP) designation.

Who Should Attend?

  • Energy service professionals
  • Certified Energy Managers (CEMs) and Certified Energy Auditors (CEAs)
  • Energy management professionals needing water efficiency strategies
  • Environmental companies
  • Government Resource Efficiency Managers (REMs)
  • Facility and maintenance managers
  • Building technicians and operators
  • Building owners and property managers
  • Utility professionals
  • Federal, state and municipal planners
  • Energy and facilities champions
  • Sustainability professionals
  • Energy and water administrators
  • Contractors
  • Government facility managers
  • New facility entrants into the water efficiency field
  • Graduate sustainability students

Why Attend?

  • Learn the best practices to maximize water management and understand water efficiency basics
  • Acquire technical and organizational strategies for conducting water efficiency site assessment
  • Gain industry and peer recognition by demonstrating your understanding of technical and operational water efficiency principles
  • Learn the full scope of information you'll need to help you prepare for the CWEP certification examination

Seminar Outline

  • Introduction 
  • Terms
  • Policy & Standards
    • EPACT 1992
    • EO 13693
  • Utility Analysis & Benchmarking
    • Units of measure
    • Water utility billing
    • Water rates & marginal cost of water
    • Valuing on-site production costs
    • Benchmarking
  • Facility Auditing
    • Preliminary assessment
    • Investment grade audit
    • Building pressure: static vs. dynamic
    • Life cycle cost analysis
  • Metering
    • Types of meters
    • Best application
    • Exemptions (evaporative, landscape)
  • M&V Overview
    • General overview
    • IPMVP protocols
  • Domestic Plumbing
    • Toilets
    • Urinals
    • Flush valves
    • Faucets
    • Showerheads
  • Kitchen Equipment
    • Pre-rinse sprayers
    • Ice machines
    • Garbage disposals / scullery stations
    • Tray wash stations
    • Convection steamers
    • Dish machines
  • Laundry Equipment
    • HE washers & dryers
    • Industrial applications: tunnel washers
    • OLSS
    • Recycle systems
  • Irrigation
    • Evapotranspiration
    • Advanced controls
    • HE distribution
  • Pools
    • Pool covers
    • Backwash controls
    • Filter media
    • Ozone pool treatment
  • HVAC & Mechanical Equipment
    • Cooling towers
    • Boilers
    • Evaporative coolers
    • Pumps, compressors, condensers
  • Softening & Filtration Systems
    • Softeners
    • RO
    • DI
    • Multi-media
  • Sterilization, Medical & Lab Equipment
    • Sterilizers / autoclaves
    • Dialysis units
    • Vacuum pumps & air compressors
    • Roto-evaps, stills, aspirators
    • Lasers, icroscopes, film processors
    • MRI, X-ray, linear accelerator
  • Water Supply Options / Sources
    • Potable water
    • Non-potable fresh water
    • ILA water
    • Alternative water sources
    • RWH
    • Gray water
    • AHUCH
    • Water recycling
  • Storm Water Management
    • Green roofs
    • Rain gardens
    • Permeable pavement


  • Have a 2-year technical degree or 4-year degree from an accredited university or college.


  • Have at least one year of experience in water efficiency, energy management, or operations and maintenance of a building or facility.


  • Be a U.S. military veteran.


  • Have the current status of CEM, BEP, or EEP.

Fees & Registration

Regular Fee $1750 / registrant
AEE Member $1650 / registrant
Government/Non-Profit $1650 / registrant

Program fees include 2-day seminar plus certification application fee and exam.


Location & Times

Duquesne University
Rockwell Hall Room 505
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. each day

June 28-29: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day

June 30: Examination 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Directions & Parking Information

Participants Will Receive

  • A Comprehensive Course Workbook:
    Your workbook will be packed full of useful information to help you apply what you have learned at the seminar when you're back on the job.
  • 1.6 Continuing Education Credits:
    Upon completion of the training course, you will receive 1.6 continuing education units (CEU).
  • A Course Certificate:
    At the conclusion of the seminar, you will be awarded an attractive Certificate of Completion by the Association of Energy Engineers. (Certification credentials will be sent separately by mail after exam results and qualifications have been evaluated and approved.)

Exam Format

The CWEP exam is given in conjunction with the Fundamentals of Water Efficiency: Strategies for Effective Water Management two-day training program. Examination questions are based on concepts and experiences basic to water efficiency practices and strategies. The exam, which must be completed within a 4-hour time frame, is open book, and the questions are a mixture of multiple choice and true/false.