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Frequently Asked Questions

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The cost of individual courses and total cost of the program are available on the program costs page.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

The program consists of five courses and 12 units of credit.  All students must take the survey course (WTRM 401) first, before enrolling in any other courses.  If taken sequentially, a student can complete the program in 17 months. All students must complete all five courses within three years. 

CAN I TAKE COURSES WITHOUT OBTAINING THE CERTIFICATE?

WTRM 401 is open to the public and submittal of the program application is not required to participate.

WHEN ARE THE COURSES OFFERED?

All courses are offered on weekday evenings on campus.  They begin at 6:00 p.m. and last until 8:50 p.m. and run between 8 and 15 weeks. Please note: WTRM 401 has two required Saturday morning field trips 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.

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.  If you are seeking state exam preparation, courses are offered through Palomar College and Cuyamaca College.

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.