Certified Water Efficiency Professional (CWEP)


Date: 01-03.09.2020.
Location: Pretoria, South Africa

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Date: 01-03.09.2020.
Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Water is an essential natural resource for almost any social and socio-economic activity. In a world with growing water related stress, scarcity and risk there is the growing need for improved use of water resources by society. This can significantly reduce the environmental impact, but also has a major role to play in cost reduction and security of supply.  As such, more and more businesses, industries, institutions, utilities and governmental agencies are looking for strategies to reduce water usage. Their aim is to reduce their costs, secure business and deliver on their larger sustainability plans.

This is an invitation for water and other efficiency professionals to focus in this growing area of need such that co-ordinated and meaningful differences can be made when looking at water efficiency.

The Certified Water Efficiency Professional (CWEP) program is an international qualification for professionals. It is specifically designed for improving water efficiency and management. By undertaking the CWEP 2-day training program, candidates will gain professional instruction that covers the technical and economic principles for effective water efficiency management.

The program offers a comprehensive learning and problem-solving forum for those who want a broader understanding of the latest cost reduction techniques and strategies. This can be followed by a voluntary examination (additional registration and morning required) which could lead to international certification with the US-based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

Course Outline


  • Introduction to Water Management
  • Terms, Definitions & Units of measure (including energy parameters associated with water);
  • Regulatory Frameworks, Concepts & Water Policy (including international water policy);
  • Water Billing & Cost at Point of Use (including basic business case calculations & benchmarking);
  • Water Supply Options, Sources & Types of Water (including the water cycle, water standards and alternative water sources);
  • Data Collection and Baseline Water Use Development (including metering options, Monitoring & verification basics);
  • Water Audit Overview & Processes (including a generic auditing approach and where to look);
  • Water Balance Development (how to track and map water in complex organisations/facilities)


  • Water-Efficient Technologies in key areas/sectors including:
    • Domestic plumbing systems;
    • Landscaping and irrigation systems;
    • Commercial kitchens;
    • Commercial laundries;
    • Cooling and heating systems;
    • Hospital and laboratory equipment;
    • Private & public pools;
    • HVAC & mechanical equipment;
    • Industrial processing systems;
    • Softening & filtration systems;
    • Sterilization, medical & lab equipment;
    • Water supply options / alternative sources;
    • Storm water management.
  • Outreach and Education Wrap up, discussion & questions session?


Implementing water-efficient technologies or techniques often involves individuals with varied backgrounds, responsibilities, and levels of expertise. This comprehensive two-day 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 how to conduct a water efficiency site assessment, understanding water billing/costs, use of terminology, regulatory and international mandates and policies, efficiency technologies and application techniques, as well as water measurement and verification needs. The program is designed to provide the necessary training for the AEE’s Certified Water Efficiency Professional (CWEP) examination for those interested in obtaining certification.

The program is also open to those who simply wish to benefit from the training provided, and do not wish to sit for the exam. By obtaining the CWEP certification however, participants will gain industry and peer recognition by demonstrating their understanding of technical and operational water efficiency principles.

This program also serves as a 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.

Delegate Profile

This program provides an ideal training and potential career advancement opportunity for the following water efficiency professionals and management-involved professionals:

  • Water Services & Management Professionals
  • Provincial/State and Municipal Planners & Government Resource Efficiency Managers
  • Certified Energy Managers (CEMs)
  • Energy & water administrators & Utility Professionals
  • Water, Energy & Facilities Champions and Certified Energy Auditors (CEAs)
  • Sustainability Professionals & Energy Professionals
  • Certified Sustainable Development needing Water Efficiency Strategies Professionals (CDSPs)
  • Government Resource Efficiency Energy & Water Administration Managers
  • Contractors & Maintenance Managers, technicians and operators
  • Government Facility Managers Building Technicians & Operators New Facility
  • Entrants into the Water Building Owners & Property Efficiency Field
  • Energy management professionals needing water efficiency strategies
  • New facility entrants into the water efficiency field


The CWEP examination may be written on the next day or a later date – subject to pre-application and registration. This is additional to the course cost and duration days.

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 contained within this program material. The exam, which must be completed within 4-hours, is open book, with a mixture of multiple choice and true/false questions.

Eligibility For CWEP Training and Certification

The CWEP candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have a 2-year technical degree or 4-year degree from an accredited university or college; or
  • Have at least one year of experience in water efficiency, energy management, or operations and maintenance of a building or facility; or
  • Have a current certification status in CEM, BEP, or EEP.

Note that certification is optional, and you may take the seminar without participating in the certification process. The voluntary certification process requires each CWEP trainee to register for CWEP professional certification. For certification, the trainee must have attended AEE’s preparatory training seminar and complete and pass the CWEP written exam proctored by an AEE approved exam administrator.

Examination: A 4-hour voluntary examination may be written in the afternoon on he next day, or a later date – subject to pre-application and registration