Becoming a Certified Water Right Examiner

Qualifying to be a Certified Water Right Examiner

Persons interested in becoming a certified water right examiner must meet at least one of the following qualifications:

To become a certified water right examiner in Washington State, qualified applicants must:

The financial surety must provide adequate coverage of all acts taken by a certified water right examiner when performing duties under their certification.

Such financial surety may be held by the certified water right examiner or provided by their employer.

If a certified water right examiner performs duties under their certification solely for water rights held by their employer, Ecology shall waive the financial surety requirement.

To maintain their certification, the certified water right examiner must:

Applying to become a Certified Water Right Examiner

Ecology continues to accept applications for certified water right examiners.  If you are interested in applying to be a certified water right examiner in Washington State and you meet at least one of the minimum qualifications listed above, complete and submit the CWRE Application to Ecology.  There is no cost to submit an application.

Ecology will notify applicants as to whether they meet the minimum qualifications to be a certified water rights examiner.  Qualified applicants will also receive information on registering to take the CWRE Examination, which is offered twice a year in spring and fall.

CWRE Examination

The CWRE Examination is now being offered on request.  People with an approved CWRE application on file with Ecology may ask to schedule an examination date by emailing or calling the CWRE Coordinator (Contact information below).  The CWRE Coordinator will then work with the applicant to choose a testing date and location.  Please note: If the applicant requires an alternative testing site than Ecology’s headquarters building in Lacey, scheduling will involve significantly longer lead time.

Tony Rossiter
CWRE Coordinator
(360) 407-6878
CWRE@ecy.wa.gov

There is a $300.00 fee to take the CWRE Examination.  Applicants may retake the CWRE Examination if they fail, but must pay $300.00 each time they take the exam.

As required in RCW 90.03.665, the CWRE Examination covers the following subjects:

It is important to realize that qualifying to take the exam does not ensure an applicant can pass it without further study.  The Online Study Guide contains links to information that can help you prepare for the test:

Completing Certification

Once you have passed the CWRE Examination, you may complete the certification process whenever you wish.  To do so, you must submit a signed copy of the Rules of Professional Performance (see below), proof of financial surety (see above), and a check or money order for the $200 initial certification fee to:

Department of Ecology
Cashiering Unit
PO Box 47611
Olympia WA  98504-7611

Ecology will issue your certification after receiving the fee, proof of insurance or bonding, and signed Rules of Professional Performance; and will add contact information to the list of certified water right examiners provided on our website.  Your certification is good for one year.

CWRE Rules of Professional Performance

As part of implementing the Certified Water Right Examiner Program, Ecology developed CWRE Rules of Professional Performance. (Although referred to as “rules,” the CWRE Rules of Professional Performance laid outside the formal rule-making process.)  The purpose of the CWRE Rules of Professional Performance is to establish a code of conduct for certified water right examiners and to make them aware of expectations prior to certification.  Successful applicants will sign and submit a copy of the CWRE Rules of Professional Performance prior to certification, once they have passed the CWRE examination.

More information

Contact

Rebecca Inman
Water Resources Program
rebecca.inman@ecy.wa.gov
360 407-6450
cwre@ecy.wa.gov