Certificate in Water Efficiency Management

This certificate prepares students for entry-level careers in water use efficiency and conservation. After completing the program, students may find employment as a specialist in water supply, water efficiency, program conservation, conservation outreach, natural resources, or environmental protection. Those already employed in public works, construction, landscaping, municipal administration, water distribution/treatment, or facilities oversight and planning are encouraged to complete this certificate to complement their knowledge and potentially increase employability, wages, and promotion opportunities. Students are expected to complete several industry certifications throughout the program including the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) D-1 Water Distribution Operator's Certificate examination and the T-1 Water Treatment Operator's Certificate examination as well as the California/Nevada American Water Works Association (AWWA) Grade 1 and 2 Water Use Efficiency Practitioner Certification exams.

Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Water Efficiency Management Certificate of Achievement will:

  1. Collect, interpret, and analyze water use data; calculate possible water savings; recommend ways business, agriculture, municipalities, and consumers can save water; and analyze implemented programs to determine if an agency is meeting usage goals.
  2. Adhere to water conservation regulations, implement water conservation projects, and promote conservation practices and regulations in the region.
Required courses:
WATR 150Introduction to Water Systems3
WATR 162Water Use Efficiency I3
WATR 164Water Use Efficiency II3
BIOL 145Environmental Science3
PUB 165Environmental Management3
SPCH 100Interpersonal Communication3
or SPCH 100H Interpersonal Communication - Honors
Complete the following math course:
Technical Mathematics5
Students may substitute a higher level mathematics course
Complete one (1) of the following courses:
Business Communications3
Microcomputer Applications I4
Urban Forest Management Planning3
Turf and Landscape Management3
Water Resources and Distribution I3
Water Treatment I3
Total Units26-27

1-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
WATR 150 Introduction to Water Systems 3
WATR 162 Water Use Efficiency I 3
MATH 144 Technical Mathematics 5
Winter Term 1
BIOL 145 Environmental Science 3
Spring Term 1
WATR 164 Water Use Efficiency II 3
SPCH 100
Interpersonal Communication
or Interpersonal Communication - Honors
BUS 152
Business Communications
or Microcomputer Applications I
or Urban Forest Management Planning
or Turf and Landscape Management
or Water Resources and Distribution I
or Water Treatment I
Summer Term 1
PUB 165 Environmental Management 3
 Total Units26

 Note: Course selections may affect total unit value.  

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.