AWWA believes military members are a good fit for the water sector because of their technical expertise and experience working nontraditional hours in a regulated environment.

In early August 2017, AWWA President Brenda Lennox, CEO David LaFrance, former AWWA President Katie McCain, and other AWWA volunteers and staff met in Washington D.C. ,with representatives from Soldier for Life, Marine for Life, Veterans Affairs, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Defense to build awareness and strategies to help Veterans work in the water sector. The Veterans Workforce Initiative was thus born. 

The goal of the Veterans Workforce Initiative is to help Veterans secure jobs in the water industry. Volunteers from AWWA Sections are available to network with Veterans and help connect them to the water sector. Interested Veterans and/or volunteers should e-mail for more information. 

The Veterans Workforce Initiative has developed toolkits for employers looking to hire Veterans and flyers for Veterans interested in the water sector. Click here to access toolkits or visit


Operator Licensing Requirements
Across the United States

This report catalogues licensing requirements for water and wastewater operators across all 50 states to determine opportunities for and barriers to cross-training. Need-to-know criteria (NTKC) were identified by state to help operators prepare for certification examination, identify states that use Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) NTKC criteria, develop their own criteria, or have a combination of two.

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