THE ASSOCIATION OF BOARDS OF CERTIFICATION (ABC)
In 1972, water and wastewater industry leaders began conversations that developed the groundwork for an association to foster operator certification throughout North America and reduce the diversity among certification programs. From those early discussions, ABC was born.
Today, our Association includes almost 100 certifying authorities, representing more than 40 states, 10 Canadian provinces and territories, as well as several international and tribal programs. These programs have certified more than 240,000 water and wastewater operators, laboratory analysts, plant maintenance technologists, biosolids land appliers, and backflow prevention assembly testers.
Promote integrity in environmental certification throughout the world.
ABC is dedicated to advancing the quality and integrity of environmental certification programs.
- Promote certification as a means of protecting public health, the infrastructure, and the environment.
- Promote uniformity of standards and best practices in certification.
- Serve as the technical resource for certification entities.
- Facilitate the transfer of certification between certifying authorities.
- Serve the needs of our members.
WHY WAS C2EP ESTABLISHED?
Professional certification protects humans and the environment by verifying that water environment operations personnel possess specific critical knowledge and skills. ABC created the Certification Commission of Environmental Professionals (C2EP) to enhance the integrity of operator certification and address the need for standardized exams and certification standards. Although most jurisdictions administer operator certification programs to ensure that skilled professionals keep our water sources safe, every state program is different. The diversity of programs limits career opportunities for operators, restricts employer recruitment efforts, and undermines the value of certification. Widespread recognition of the PO program can transform the industry by advancing the development of a highly skilled and mobile workforce. More importantly, standardized exams offer public assurance that geography does not influence professional competence.