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ARCSA offers a number of training and professional development opportunities related to rainwater harvesting. In addition to in-person and online workshops and webinars, ARCSA now offers individuals a path to highly-regarded professional certification options thanks to a new partnership with ASSE International. Through this partnership, ARCSA’s rainwater harvesting training workshops are now prerequisites for the ASSE Series 21000 Rainwater Catchment Systems Personnel Certifications.

 

ARCSA Workshops

ARCSA has a long history of offering professional development opportunities and currently offers three in-person rainwater harvesting workshops that provide pathways to ASSE Certification:
  • Rainwater Catchment Systems Designers Workshop #21120:                 

    This two-day professional workshop is an in-depth rainwater harvesting course that provides the 16 hours of subject-specific training required to sit for the ASSE Series 21120 Rainwater Catchment Systems Designer Certification exam. ARCSA’s flagship training provides attendees covers the following topics: active and passive rainwater harvesting, design for both outdoor and in-home rainwater use, sanitation for potable uses, rules and regulations, guidelines, business management, project planning, site planning and installation, safety, system construction, and maintenance. Registrants receive the recently revised ARCSA Rain Harvesting Manual, which has been expanded to include all of North America.
  • Rainwater Catchment Systems Installer Workshop #21110:    

    This two-day professional workshop is an in-depth rainwater catchments systems installation course that provides the 16 hours of subject-specific training required to sit for the ASSE Series 21110 Rainwater Catchment Systems Installer Certification exam.
  • Rainwater Catchment Systems Inspector Workshop #21130:   

    This one-day professional workshop is an in-depth rainwater catchments systems inspection course that provides 8 hours of subject-specific training in preparation for the ASSE Series 21130 Rainwater Catchment Systems Inspector Certification exam.

For a full schedule of ARCA’s upcoming workshops, visit our listing of Upcoming Events

 

Online Training Opportunities

In addition to in-person workshops, ARCSA also makes a number of online professional development offerings available to its members. Online offerings include:

 

  • ARCA’s Online Professional Rainwater Harvesting Class:

    This online version of ARCSA’s Rainwater Catchment Systems Designers Workshop is designed to be interactive and engaging. Based on the ARCSA Manual this workshop is perfect for those who are new to rainwater harvesting. ARCSA members save $150 off the listed price for the online workshop. Workshop registrants also receive a discount code for $10 off a hard copy of the ARCSA Manual. Click here for more information and to purchase this course.
  • Instructional Webinars:

    ARCSA currently offers over 20 webinars for sale, with each webinar priced at either $20 or $25 for ARCSA members. Webinars are available across a variety of topics, including but not limited to rainwater harvesting best practices, agricultural rainwater harvesting, potable water standards, roofing materials, and seismic and soil considerations. Visit our Online Store for more information and to purchase webinars. 

 

 

The Path to ASSE Certification

 

ASSE International is a third-party certifier for professionals in the plumbing and mechanical industries. ASSE professional certifications raise the employability of professionals and are built on professional standards developed under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited standards development process. A fee schedule for ASSE Series 21000 Certifications and Exams can be downloaded here

 

 

For Individuals with Current ARCSA AP, D&C, and IS Accreditations:

 

ASSE and ARCSA are providing individuals with current ARCSA AP, D&C, and IS Accreditations a streamlined path for converting to ASSE Series 21000 Certification. Instead of being required to fulfill all ASSE Certification program requirements, including prior experience prerequisites, these individuals simply need to sit for and achieve the minimum 75% passing grade on the 50-question ASSE Series 21000 recertification exam. Only individuals with an ARCSA accreditation currently in good standing are eligible for this streamlined process.

 

Current ARCSA Accredited Professionals (APs) have until December 31, 2019 to convert to ASSE Series 21000 certification under this streamlined process. At the end of this transition period, the ARCSA AP designation will be phased out and will no longer be considered a valid credential.

 

Current ARCSA APs are allowed to take the online version of the rainwater harvesting designers workshop as a refresher class in preparation for the ASSE Certification Exam for special discounted price of $50. Please contact info@arcsa.org to verify your status and request a promo code.

 

Current ARCSA APs, CPs, ISs, and MRWHs are no longer required to submit CEUs or pay the yearly maintenance fee to keep their ARCSA designation in good standing. Continuous ARCSA membership is required, however, to ensure that ARCSA designation remains valid during this transition period. Current APs whose ARCSA memberships lapse may no longer be considered eligible for the streamlined process described above.

 

Form: Application for Conversion to ASSE 21000 Certifications

Individuals with a current ARCSA designation can download this form, check the appropriate box, and submit the completed form to ASSE to sign up for the appropriate certification exam.  
 

For Individuals Who Have Recently Completed an ARCSA Workshop:

 

ARCSA will provide ASSE International with a list of all ARCSA members that have taken an ARCSA AP workshop with in the last two years (2015 – 2017). This listing will serve as proof that these individuals have satisfied the training prerequisite for the ASSE Series 21000 Certifications. Members on this listing without a current ARCSA AP in good standing will need to take the full ASSE Series 21000 Certification exam and demonstrate that they meet the additional experience prerequisites. Beginning on January 1, 2020, any ARCSA member that took an ARCSA workshop prior to January 1, 2018 but has not completed the transition to ASSE Series 21000 Certification will be required to take a new workshop to satisfy the educational prerequisites for the ASSE Certification.

 

Form: Application for Conversion to ASSE 21000 Certifications

Individuals who recently completed an ARCSA Workshop but do not currently have an ARCSA AP or other professional designation can download this form, check the appropriate box, and submit the completed form to ASSE to sign up for the appropriate certification exam.  

 

 

Moving forward:

 

Individuals taking an ARCSA workshop will be provided a Continuing Education Units (CEU) letter reflecting 8-16 hours of education. This letter can be submitted as proof that the individual has satisfied the education requirement for certification. ARCSA plans to develop and offer (for a modest fee) practice exams and study guides for each ASSE Series 21000 Series Certification.

 

Additional information: 

 

1. ASSE Certification exams can be taken online or in person at approved ASSE testing facilities. 

2. New candidates (those who do not hold a current ARCSA AP designation) for ASSE Certification must meet the following prerequisites in order to sit for an ASSE Series 21000 Certification exam: 

  •  A minimum of two (2) to three (3) years of experience in rainwater catchment, plumbing, piping, irrigation or a related industry field or profession.
  • Successful completion of a training course that encompasses a minimum of 16 contact hours covering all aspects of Standard 21110, 21120, or 21130 and ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63-2013 (and ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 78-2015 for Inspectors) Plumbing Engineer and Design Standard for Rainwater Catchment System.
  • Successfully passing a written exam encompassing all aspects of Standard 21110, 21120, or 21130 and ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63. The written exam must be a minimum of 100 questions with a passing grade of at least 75%.                                                                             

    3. ASSE-approved trainers for the purposes of Series 21000 Certification include: 

    4. Certification shall be for a three (3) year period.

    5. Recertification through ASSE will typically require a four (4) hour refresher class and a short exam.

     
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