Utility Management Certification
Today the important work of water and wastewater utilities is more complex than ever before. Economics, the environment, regulatory requirements and a constantly changing society are all affecting the way utilities conduct their business. There is an urgent need to better prepare the individuals who lead and manage our utilities into the future. We believe that a national standard for utility management should be established to help meet the demand placed on utility leaders.
The UMC certification program is designed to document and recognize the professional educational achievements of utility managers while providing a career incentive for those who seek opportunities in the field of utility management.
How it works in Maine
The Water University UMC program was developed by National Rural Water Association (NRWA). Maine Rural Water Association is partnering with NRWA to provide the only instructor-led training for the UMC program in the state. MRWA has created a 2-day program that uses the UMC Study Guide and other materials to present topics such as:
This 2-day course qualifies for 12 credit hours for both water and wastewater license renewal. We only offer instructor-led training at our office in Richmond, and only on an as advertised basis. Visit our Current Training page to see when the next UMC class is scheduled.
You can choose to take the UMC exam if you wish. To register for the exam, you must register yourself online at the Water University website. The exam costs $250 and can be taken online at any time. Maine Rural Water has no part in the exam, only the preparation. Once you pass the exam, you must renew your certification every 3 years.