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Credentials Overview

Credentials Overview

Careers

Aquatics is an interesting and complicated field of work. There are several very different careers in aquatics. Even in the design/build sector of the industry there are many career paths that require specific training. This doesn’t even consider the many occupations within the manufacturers, distributors, service and retail sectors.

Consider a single-person design/build firm – He or she must market, advertise, sell, design, bid, build, manage subcontractors, coordinate with others to transition the watershapes over to the owners and service professionals, and, importantly, operate a profitable business. Larger design/build firms do these things as well but will often have dedicated personnel for in-house building trades, tasks like scheduling, customer service, accounting, etc.

Watershape University offers programs and credentials in all aspects of the design/build sector of the aquatics industry. Here we describe various design/build jobs and the credentials that align with them.

Credentials

Credentials document a student’s progress through Watershape University (WU) and the International Watershape Institute (IWI). Credentials can be obtained at multiple steps as the student progresses from a beginning student (“freshman”) to more advanced levels of training and expertise (“senior” and “post-graduate” levels). Credentials are acknowledged via digital badging and wall certificates.

Benefits of Digital Badging

  • Acknowledgement on the WU website, searchable by potential clients in your area.
  • Digital badge for your own website.
  • Downloadable certificate for your wall or presentation to potential clients.
  • Real-time online verification.

Online Verification of Credentials

Verification of credentials is important for potential clients. We have a simple digital badging system that allows all credential icons to be clicked and verified against our live Learning Management System (LMS). Credential icons include the phrase “Click to Verify” – Each badge is linked back to the LMS database to verify whether it was earned by the person claiming it as well as validation of criteria met, expiration dates as they relate to continuing education requirements, fees paid, etc.

If the link does not match the database then verification cannot occur. If the database indicates that the credential has expired then verification cannot occur. It is a system that automatically keeps everyone honest about their achievements with WU.

Fees

  • $100 per year per WU credential up to $600 maximum
  • All employees of a Verified Watershape Company (VWC) are covered by the maximum fee of $600 per year
  • $900 per year for IWI credentials in addition to VWC credential fee of $600 maximum

Digital Badge Overview

Watershape University Student (WUS) Digital Badge
Verified Watershape Designer (VWD)
Verified Watershape Builder (VWB)
Verified Watershape Professional (VWP)

Watershape University Curriculum and Credentials

Watershape University offers educational programs and credentials across all key aspects of designing, engineering, and building recreational and decorative aquatic systems.

Created to meet a spectrum of instructional needs and deliver critical information across multiple user “channels,” some WU credentials can be completed entirely online and at your own pace, while others might require a combination of self-directed work online, as well as in-person instruction (when available).

Below you’ll find the course requirements for each WU Credential including appropriate registration and enrollment links, along with dates, events and locations for upcoming course presentations.

Credentials

Credentials and Digital Badges track a student’s progress through Watershape University and the International Watershape Institute.

Credentials carry the following benefits:

  • Acknowledgement on the WU website, searchable by potential clients in your area.
  • Digital badge for your own website.
  • Downloadable certificate for your wall or presentation to potential clients.
  • Real-time online verification.

Upon credential qualification and payment of any applicable dues, WU will provide instructions for hosting your digital badges on your company’s website and how to link them to our verification database.

Introductory Credentials

Watershape University Student (WUS) Digital Badge

Watershape University Student

Once you start down a path of study, becoming a member of the “Wolfpack” you are free to identify as a proud student of Watershape University. Inspire your co-workers and let your clients know that continuing education is important to you and your business, and that you are actively working to elevate your watershaping skillsets.

  • Attend any single WU Program; long or short, free or paid: The Wolfpack Archives are a great place to start, as they contain dozens of hours of free webinars on design, engineering, construction, and business.
  • 16 hours of continuing education every 2 years
Verified Watershape Foreman (VWF) Digital Badge

Verified Watershape Foreman

The Verified Watershape Foreman (VWF) credential validates that the recipient has obtained sufficient knowledge necessary to supervise construction of basic pools, spas, and other waterfeatures. This designation is a prerequisite to most advanced credentials.

  • Construction 2111: Essential Pool Construction (22 hours training)
    • This course is available online, at your own pace. Enroll Here
  • 16 hours of continuing education every 2 years

Intermediate Credentials

Verified Watershape Builder (VWB) Digital Badge

Verified Watershape Builder

The Verified Watershape Builder (VWB) credential confirms the recipient has obtained sufficient knowledge necessary to operate a watershape construction company, render proposed designs, estimate projects, and build basic pools, spas, and other waterfeatures.

  • Active Verified Watershape Foreman credential
  • Business 2611: Essential Business Workshop for Contractors (16 hours) — This course will be offered live, in person in Spring of 2022
  • Business 3451: Cost Estimating Workshop (8 hours) — This course is available online, at your own pace. Enroll Here
  • Design 2131: Sketchup Workshop for Beginners (16 hours) — This course will be offered live in Spring of 2022
  • Engineering 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop (16 hours) — This course is available online, at your own pace. Enroll Here
  • 20 hours of electives
  • 20 hours of continuing education ever 2 years
Verified Watershape Designer (VWD) Digital Badge

Verified Watershape Designer

The Verified Watershape Designer (VWD) credential indicates the recipient has obtained sufficient knowledge necessary to professionally design pools, spas, and waterfeatures.

  • Design 1111: Essential Perspective Drawing Workshop (8 hours) — This course is available live October 14th in Scottsdale, AZ. Details Here
  • Design 2211: Essential Principles of Design Workshop (16 hours) — This course will be offered in a blended format. The first 8 hours will be completed online at your own pace, with another 8 hour live in person project. Registration is available on the The International Pool & Spa Expo site**
  • Design 2611: Essential Color, Materials & Textures Workshop (16 hours) — This course is available live October 15th-16th in Scottsdale, AZ. Details Here
  • Design 2311: Essential Architectural Styles Workshop (16 hours) — This course can be replaced with Design 2321: History of Water in Architecture. Opportunities to fulfill this requirement will be available live at the Southwest Pool and Spa show in San Antonio, TX in January of 2022. Show Registration Link
  • 20 hours of electives
  • 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years

**Questions about Expo registration? Contact us at info@wateshape.org

Expert Credentials

Verified Watershape Professional (VWP) Digital Badge

Verified Watershape Professional

The Verified Watershape Professional (VWP) credential validates that the recipient has obtained sufficient knowledge necessary to operate a design/build firm capable of executing complicated pools, spas, and waterfeatures.

  • Active Verified Watershape ForemanVerified Watershape Builder, and Verified Watershape Designer credentials
  • Engineering 4311: Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop (16 hours) — This course will be offered live at The International Pool & Spa Expo in November. Show Registration Link**
  • Construction 4111: Advanced Pool Construction (24 hours) — This course will be offered live at The International Pool & Spa Expo in November. Show Registration Link**
  • 24 hours of electives
  • 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years

**Questions about Expo registration? Contact us at info@wateshape.org

Verified Watershape Company (VWC) Digital Badge

Verified Watershape Company

Companies committed to pursuing continuing education and training may promote themselves using the Verified Watershape Company (VWC) digital badge. This is available only to companies that maintain a Verified Watershape Foreman (VWF) or higher level of credential in a leadership position within the company. This credential represents a company-wide, top-down commitment to continuing education.

  • The company shall maintain at least one Verified Watershape Foreman or higher level of credential in a leadership position.
  • Leadership positions include owners, directors, and managers.

International Watershape Institute

International Watershape Institute (IWI) Digital Badge

International Watershape Institute Membership

The International Watershape Institute (IWI) credential honors the those Verified Watershape Professionals that embody all that Watershape University professes: professional design, engineering, construction and business practices embraced at the highest level. Candidates are coached by existing IWI teammates while qualifications are verified through a rigorous vetting system.

  • Active Verified Watershape Professional credential
  • Experiential 1322: How IWI Benefits You and Industry
  • Experiential 3521: Live Blue Foundation Volunteer
  • Experiential 4311: IWI Candidate Coaching Prep Course
  • Experiential 5331: IWI Candidate Coaching
  • 24 hours of electives
  • 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years
International Watershape Institute (IWI) Seal

IWI Professional Seal

All professionals in the International Watershape Institute receive a transparent PNG seal they may incorporate into their drawings, specifications, and other professional communications. The seal represents to clients and authorities having jurisdiction that this professional status has been obtained and maintained through continuing education.

Use of the seal requires adherence to our Code of Professional Practice. Professionals are required to note their expiration date to the right of the IWI logo and sign the document where appropriate.

  • Active International Watershape Institute Credential