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Frequently Asked Questions

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The cost of individual courses and the cost of the program are available at: https://www.csusm.edu/el/certificateprograms/bpdev/watermgmt/programfee.html

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

The certificate program consists of five courses and 12 units of credit.  All students take the survey course (MGMT 482) first BEFORE enrolling in any of the other four courses.  If you enroll in the courses as offered, a student can complete the in 17 months meeting once a week from March 2016 to August 2017. Otherwise, students can enroll in the four courses post-WTRM 401 over a period not to exceed three years.

CAN I TAKE COURSES WITHOUT OBTAINING THE CERTIFICATE?

Yes.  To obtain the certificate you must complete all five courses within a three year period, however, other paths do exist.  Remember everyone must complete WTRM 401 "Survey of Integrated Water Resources Management Fundamentals & Practices in California.

WHEN ARE THE COURSES OFFERED?

All courses are offered at night, on campus, and usually evenings.  They begin at 6:00 p.m. and last until 8:50 p.m. and run between 8 and 15 weeks. One of the courses, WTRM 401, has two required, Saturday morning, field trips that are previously arranged visitations to local water facilities.

ARE UNITS TRANSFERABLE?

Although the units completed will be for credit and appear on a CSUSM transcript, you are advised to check with your major advisor or institution for eligibility of units for transfer into other programs.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR THE WRML CERTIFICATE?

The first certificate will be focused at an intermediate level, with plans for entry- and executive-level certificates in coming years.

ARE THE CURRENT COURSES DESIGNED TO PREPARE ME FOR STATE WATER OR WASTEWATER CERTIFICATION EXAMS? 

No.  Right now this is an intermediate level program that helps participants gain further knowledge in water management and leadership.  Classes designed to prepare you for state examinations are currently offered at several other colleges such as Palomar College (http://www2.palomar.edu/occnocr/occupational-programs/water-and-wastewater-technology/) and Cuyamaca College (http://www.cuyamaca.edu/academics/departments/wwtr/default.aspx).  But check back as we may offer the fundamental courses in the future, and after you are certified we can help prepare you for career advancement.  You are also welcome to take our survey course (WTRM 401) to try our certificate program.

WHAT IS THE OPTIONAL PRACTICUM?

The first certificate curriculum required each candidate to engage in a "practicum" experience after all course work was done.  Each student was to be paired with a regional water agency to work on a problem or task of mutual consent.  At the end of the term the consensus of faculty and participants the experience had some problems to be addressed and rather than cancel the option altogether it was decided to leave it as an option to be pursued on an individual or case by case basis.