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On the WEF Agenda: Green-infrastructure Skills Certification

Posted March 28, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A detailed report from DC Water, summarized on

IHS Engineering360, describes plans by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to work jointly with DC Water to develop a national green-infrastructure (GI) skills-certification program. Housed within the WEF Stormwater Institute, the program will verify that individuals who install, inspect, and maintain GI projectshave the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. GI projects are sought after to help alleviate combined sewer overflows, activities that DC Water has been exploring since 2011. WEF and DC Water expect to begin issuing GI certifications early in 2017, and WEF seeks partners to join a coalition of stormwater leaders from across the country.


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Re: On the WEF Agenda: Green-infrastructure Skills Certification

03/29/2016 7:16 AM

DC Water is making a rod for it's own back. Pretty soon you won't be able to tender for this work without being certificated. The contractors will add not just the cost of getting their employees certified but the value of exclusivity because not all contractors will be certified so competition is reduced. Experience of previous skills certification programs suggests that contract prices rise disproportionately. We the public will be forced pay the extra in taxes or charges. The beneficiaries will be WEF who get fees for issuing certificates and contractors who reap extra profits. People who work in all aspects of engineering should be properly trained and skilled, but I invite the promoters of this scheme to name a single instance where certification has reduced prices. Stormwater leaders who are approached to become partners should consider the long term financial consequences to the public and to their organizations before rushing to sign up for this scam scheme.

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