Message from the CPOW President

CPOW Members,

I’d like to start off 2017 by thanking the CPOW members, Board of Directors, staff, and sponsors for being a part of CPOW and continuing their support. I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this organization and continue to help CPOW achieve its mission of “Helping the Colorado Onsite Wastewater Industry advance to new levels by establishing leadership and enhancing professionalism through outreach, information sharing, education, and training”. CPOW provides a unique opportunity to become engaged and connected with other professionals in Colorado. The advancement and progression of our industry relies on the participation and collective effort of individuals from various OWTS disciplines. I’ve always admired CPOW as a forum where regulators, designers, installers, academics, maintenance, and inspection professionals can come together to share ideas and learn from each other. This year we are excited to add Jessica Wiersma (Secretary) and Bill Tatro (Maintenance Sector Representative) to the Board of Directors and are eager to begin working with them.
Thanks to everyone that attended the CPOW Annual Education Conference. Hopefully everyone found both days rewarding and educational. Our membership continues to grow and the attendance at this year’s conference exceeded expectations! This demonstrates the commitment of so many to learn and stay current with the latest technology, research, emerging issues, and regulatory updates in OWTS.
As we enter a new year, CPOW plans to pursue our various goals to improve the OWTS industry while continuing to be the industry leader in providing educational opportunities to OWTS professionals. I encourage you to visit for the latest educational offerings. Remember, whether you have been in this industry for a month or 40 years, there is always something that can be learned!
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you in the upcoming year.

Michael Weakley
CPOW President

CPOW would like to remind our members that as members of CPOW and NOWRA we are held to a code of ethics.


Our Mission

To strengthen and promote the onsite and decentralized wastewater industry through activities that support recognition and promotion of professionalism for industry practitioners; implementation of best management practices throughout the industry that provide sustainable wastewater infrastructure solutions; achieve greater public awareness of the economic, environmental, and public health benefits of onsite and decentralized facilities; and to serve the public interest.

Code of Ethics
Members of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (Association) are committed to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in the onsite wastewater recycling Industry (Industry). They are dedicated to providing quality service, products, education, and research. The members of NOWRA shall uphold this Code of Ethics.

Members shall endeavor to know and understand the local, state/provincial, and national statutes, codes, laws, and regulations applicable to the Industry as well as to their own activities. They shall compete honestly and lawfully, building their businesses through their own skills and merits in the Industry. Members shall avoid any act that might promote their individual interests at the expense of the integrity of the Industry, and avoid conduct that might discredit the Industry or deceive others.

Members shall represent themselves and the benefits of the Association faithfully and honestly with integrity and professionalism. They shall convey their credentials, training, experience, and abilities with integrity and pride. Members shall always seek to enhance the reputation of the Industry with others by the way they communicate and interact. Members shall avoid conflicts of interest through disclosure to appropriate parties.

Members shall strive to maintain and advance their skills and knowledge of the Industry. They will continually seek to improve their own professional expertise by staying informed of scientific and technological developments in the Industry. They shall always seek to advance the integrity of the Industry. Members shall admit and take responsibility for their own errors when proven wrong, and not seek to alter or distort facts in an effort to justify decisions.

NAWT Certificate Renewal Process

NAWT Certificate of Completion

NAWT issues Certificate of Completion to individuals that complete the appropriate training, either 1-day or 2-day training session and pass the exam with a score of 70% or better.  Most Certificates of Completion are valid for a period of two (2) years from the date of the completion of the training session.  At this time NAWT does not have a CEU requirements for the NAWT Installer Training Course or the NAWT Vac Truck Training Course.

The Certificate of Completion can be renewed by completing approved Continuing Education Units (CEU) every 2 years.  The current number of CEU’s required to renew any of the NAWT Courses is 8 contact hours.

To ensure uninterrupted recognition of the Certificate of Completion the CEU’s would need to be obtained prior to the 2-year anniversary date of the certificate.  These CEU’s can begin accumulating 6 month after the completion of the training session.  CEU’s earned can be applied to multiple NAWT Certificates.

Once the 2-year anniversary has passed if the renewal CEU’s have not been completed and/or the appropriate Certificate Renewal Application have not been submitted the individual will fall off the NAWT roster as a current Certificate of Completion holder for that particular Certificate. 

NAWT does grant a 1-year grace period for obtaining the necessary CEU’s and submitting the documentation along with the Certificate Renewal Application and fee to NAWT to maintain the Certificate of Completion without having to retake the appropriate training session for the Certificate.

If after the 1-year grace period, the individual still has not completed obtaining the appropriate amount of CEU’s and/or submitted the necessary documentation, Certificate of Renewal Application and fee to NAWT to renew the Certificate of Completion again they will be required to attend the full training session and complete the exam again.


There are several options available to obtain CEU’s. 

A NAWT Course can be used as CEU’s.  The individual will have to attend 8 hours of any NAWT course and provide documentation of attendance, the Certificate Renewal Application and the appropriate fee to NAWT.

A State Association Annual Educational Conference can be used as CEU’s.  It is advised that the agenda be submitted to NAWT so that preapproval of the conference can be obtained prior to submitting the other paperwork to ensure that the conference meets all the necessary requirements for CEU’s. Once approved, the agenda of the conference, documentation of 8 hours of attendance, the Certificate Renewal Application and the appropriate fee to NAWT need to be submitted to NAWT. 

OWTS Workshops, college courses, or other types of OWTS training may be used as CEU’s.  It is advised that the syllabus or agenda be submitted to NAWT prior to the course so that preapproval of the course can be obtained prior to submitting the other paperwork to ensure that the course meets all the necessary requirements for CEU’s.  Once approved, the agenda of the conference, documentation of 8 hours of attendance, the Certificate Renewal Application and the appropriate fee to NAWT need to be submitted to NAWT.

The approval of a particular conference, course, workshop, etc., is based upon how many hours the discussion, presentation, or training covers OWTS specific topics.  Sessions dealing with business, personal development or non OWTS topics typically are not included in calculating the acceptable hours accumulated at the event.  Breaks and lunches are also not included in the accumulation of hours.

CLARIFICATION on using a NAWT course for multiple certificates:

If an individual holds a NAWT Inspector Training Certificate, NAWT O&M 1 and O&M 2 Training Certificates they can accumulate the needed CEU’s at one approved event for all certificates.  A separate Certificate Renewal Application and corresponding fee must be submitted to NAWT for each and every certificate that the individual will be renewing.

CLARIFICATION of Anniversary Date:

The Anniversary Date of any NAWT Certificate of Completion is the date the individual originally took the training course.  The renewal for any Certificate will be 2 years from each anniversary date regardless of when the CEU’s are accumulated,

For example:

• If an individual accumulates the 8 hour prior to the anniversary date of 01/31/16 the new Certificate is valid until 01/31/18. 

• If the Certificate expired on 01/31/16 and the individual did not renew the certificate until 06/30/16 the new Certificate is valid until 01/31/18, the anniversary date does not change even though there is a 1 year grace period to accumulate the necessary CEU’s for renewal.

CPOW Educational Schedule

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Remember to register online.

Colorado Soils Class, Castle Rock, CO, May 18-19, 2017

NAWT Inspector Class, Greenwood Village, CO, November 17-18, 2017

Additional courses may be offered if there is demand shown.

Please contact if you are interested in additional classes.