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How to become an ARCSA "Accredited Professional” (AP)


This program is designed to recognize professionals in the industry who have achieved an advanced level of competence in designing and installing rainwater harvesting systems.


Below are the steps and checklists to follow to earn your AP.  Please read our FAQs below for answers to specific questions about the process.


How to earn your AP


1. Be an ARCSA member in good standing

2. Complete the two-day AP Workshop

3. Complete the AP test with a 70% passing score
4. Submit the completed design and/or construction of five (5) rainwater harvesting systems report
5. Submit the signed accreditation agreement

6. Submit the AP administration fee



Template for five systems report

Accreditation agreement


How to keep your AP after you have earned it


1. Maintain your ARCSA membership

2. Earn four CEUs every year at ARCSA-approved programs

3. Submit your CEU report with the $25 annual AP administration fee


is what you need to do

Out of the 5 systems one can be a rainbarrel, one can be the ARCSA D&C Workshop, and at least one system has to have a pump. A rain garden does count as one system provided the roof area, soil type, and garden size is submitted along with appropriate calculations for determining the size. Three (3) systems must meet the ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63-2013 Standard; it is up to the applicant to state how the system meets the Standard. ARCSA’s Accredited Professional Workshop is open to the public and any industry professional pursuing greater understanding of rainwater harvesting. The workshop is required for those seeking ARCSA AP designation.

This two-day course provides an in-depth review of rainwater harvesting design and installation; outdoor and in-home rainwater use; sanitation for potable uses; rules, regulations, guidelines and restrictions; business management; project planning; site and installation safety; and system construction and maintenance.

Prerequisite: None to take the workshop. To receive the AP recognition the following are required:
1.ARCSA Membership
2.Completion of the two-day AP Workshop
3.Participation in the design and/or construction of five (5) rainwater harvesting systems
4.Application and Testing Fee
5.Completion of and a 70% passing score on the 100 question AP test

Workshop Cost: $395 per person
Application and Testing Fee for AP: $150 per person
Required CEUs: To continue receiving this designation an AP must maintain ARCSA Membership and submit 4 CEUs annually with a $25 administration fee.

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