AWWA Customer Service Certificate Program

NC AWWA-WEA is pleased to sponsor training for customer service professionals in the water and wastewater industry.  This training is also a good introductory class for those entering the water industry as it provides a broad spectrum of information.

The AWWA Customer Service Certificate Program is designed to offer standardized training to Customer Service Representatives and other water and wastewater utility staff who have contact with customers in the community served. The Certificate Program consists of 3 courses. The objective of the program is to establish a level of core competency in customer service and knowledge of basics of water and wastewater treatment, regulations, and challenges. The content of each course is described below and is delivered using lecture, individual self-assessments, videos, group discussions and role play practice sessions.

The Certificate Program consists of 3 courses that are 12 hours each and approved for credit hours for Water Operators by the NCWTFOCB.


Schedule for 2014 Courses:

September 23-26, 2014
Harnett County Public Utilities Business Center


The cost is $200 for course 1, $225 for course 2, $225 for course 3 or $600 to register for all three courses.

Class will start promptly at 8:30 am and end at 5:00 pm.  There will be a morning and afternoon break plus a 45-60 minute lunch break. Light snacks will be provided at breaks and lunch will be provided the group on Tuesday and Thursday.  Participants are on their own for lunch on Wednesday and Friday to allow time for them to enjoy lunch with new friends they have met from other utilities.

A hotel block has not been reserved for this event, but there is a Microtel Inn at 300 E Cornelius Harnett Blvd, Lillington, NC 27546 that is close to the meeting site. Their phone number is  (910) 893-2626.


Course Outlines

Course 1 – Customer Relationship Building

  • Communication Styles
  • Globalization & Demographics
  • Listening Skills & Teamwork
  • Telephone Etiquette
  • Assertive Responder Skills

Course 2 – The Business of Customer Service

  • The Business of Customer Service and Customer Relationships
  • Customer Diversity and the Water Utility Service Market
  • Technology and Customer Service Effectiveness
  • Assertive Responder Skills (Urgent Situations)

Course 3 – Water Industry Operations

  • Water and the Workforce of the 21st Century
  • Environmental Quality, Water Treatment and Society Conservation, Watersheds, and Related Issues
  • The Increasing Need for Teamwork in Utility Organizations


If you would like additional information please contact Lindsay Roberts at or Linda Vaughn at