Earn Educational Credits at WEFTEC
Which states have pre-approved WEFTEC 2013 educational credits?
WEF applies for pre-approval for continuing education credits for WEFTEC in all 50 states, and will begin the process for WEFTEC 2013 in the Spring of 2013. As an example, WEFTEC 2012 was approved for credit in 48 states.
How does this pertain to me?
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.
How many educational credits can I earn at WEFTEC?
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.
What do I need to know?
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
How do I earn educational credits at WEFTEC?
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.
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.
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.
Exhibition and Facility Tours
Contact hours are given for time spent visiting the exhibition and participating in facility tours. 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.