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

Design/Build Beginner Credential

​Watershape University Student (WUS)

It isn't too early to show off that you are 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. The requirement for this entry-level credential is that you attend any single WU program, long or short, free or paid. But, you can't just show up once and keep this credential forever - you must also continue your journey by completing 16 hours of continuing education hours every 2 years.


Qualifications:

  • Attend any single WU program, long or short, free or paid.
  • 16 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

Design/Build Beginner Credential

​Verified Watershape Foreman (VWF)

The Verified Watershape Foreman (VWF) credential validates that the recipient has obtained sufficient knowledge necessary to supervise construction of basic pools, spas, and waterfeatures. VWF status is the prerequisite for credentials as a Company (VWC), Builder (VWB), Designer (VWD), Professional (VWP), and leadership in the International Watershape Institute (IWI).

Qualifications:
  • Watershape University (WU) CON 2111: Essential Pool Construction (24 hour training), or equal substitution
  • 70% or higher score on the CON 2111 Assessment Exam
  • 16 hours of continuing education every 2 years

Design/Build Intermediate Credential

​Verified Watershape Builder (VWB)

The Verified Watershape Builder (VWB) credential validates that the recipient has obtained sufficient knowledge necessary to operate a watershape construction company, draw proposed work, estimate projects, and build basic pools, spas, and waterfeatures. VWF status is the prerequisite for credentials as a Builder (VWB). VWB status is the prerequisite for credentials as a Professional (VWP).

Qualifications:
  • VWF Credential
  • BUS 2611: Essential Business Workshop for Contractors (16 hour training) [Requirement for this program begins in 2021]
  • BUS 3451: Cost Estimating Workshop (8 hour training), or equal substitution [Requirement for this program begins in 2021]
  • Watershape University (WU) DGN 2131: Sketchup Workshop for Beginners (16 hour workshop), or DGN 2141: AutoCAD Workshop for Beginners (16 hour workshop), or DGN 2151: Pool Studio Workshop for Beginners, or equal substitution
  • ENG 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop (16 hour workshop), or equal substitution
  • 70% or higher score on the ENG 2311 Assessment Exam
  • 20 hours of electives
  • 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years

Design/Build Intermediate Credential

​Verified Watershape Designer (VWD)

The Verified Watershape Designer (VWD) credential validates that the recipient has obtained sufficient knowledge necessary to design amazing pools, spas, and waterfeatures. VWF status is the prerequisite for credentials as a Designer (VWD). VWD status is the prerequisite for credentials as a Professional (VWP).

Qualifications:
  • DGN 1111: Essential Perspective Drawing Workshop (8 hour training), or equal substitution
  • DGN 2211: Essential Principles of Design Workshop (16 hour training), or equal substitution
  • DGN 2611: Essential Color Theory & Application (16 hour workshop), or equal substitution
  • DGN 2311: Essential Architectural Styles Workshop (16 hour workshop), or equal substitution
  • 20 hours of electives
  • 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years

Design/Build Expert Credential

​Verified Watershape Professional (VWP)

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. VWF, VWB and VWD status are the prerequisites for credentials as a Professional (VWP). VWP status is the prerequisite for leadership in the International Watershape Institute (IWI).

Qualifications:
  • ENG 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop (16 hour training), or equal substitution
  • CON 4411: Essential Advanced Pool Construction (24 hour lecture), or equal substitution
  • 24 hours of electives
  • 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years

Design/Build Expert Credential

​​Verified Watershape Company (VWC)

Companies 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. Leadership positions include owners, directors, and managers. It isn't enough to simply send a ditch-digger to the CON 2111: Essential Pool Construction program to obtain the VWC credential as the credential represents the whole company and their leadership in embracing education. We expect that leadership requires a top-down approach to management within a company.

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

Design/Build Expert Credential

​International Watershape Institute (IWI)

The International Watershape Institute (IWI) credential honors the VWP team that verifiably practices what Watershape University professes: quality design, engineering, construction and business practices. Candidates are coached by existing IWI teammates while qualifications are verified through a rigorous vetting system.

Qualifications:
  • EXP 1322: How IWI Benefits You and the Industry (1 hour lecture)
  • EXP 3521: Live Blue Foundation Volunteer (24 hour), or equal
  • EXP 4311: IWI Candidate Coaching Prep Course (1 hour lecture)
  • EXP 5331: IWI Candidate Coaching (24 hour contract)
  • 24 hours of electives
  • 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years

Professional Seal

​​International Watershape Institute (IWI) Professional Seal

All professionals in the International Watershape Institute receive a transparent PNG seal that 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.

Qualifications:
  • IWI Credential