Rainwater Harvesting Training and Certification
ARCSA has a long history of offering professional development opportunities and currently offers three in-person rainwater harvesting workshops that provide pathways to ASSE Certification:
Rainwater Catchment Systems Designers Workshop #21120:
This two-day professional workshop is an in-depth rainwater harvesting course that provides the 16 hours of subject-specific classroom training required to sit for the ASSE Series 21120 Rainwater Catchment Systems Designer Certification exam. ARCSA’s flagship training provides attendees information the following topics: active and passive rainwater harvesting, system components, design for both outdoor and in-home or business rainwater use, sanitation for potable uses, rules and regulations, guidelines, business management, project planning, site planning and installation, safety, system construction, and maintenance. In this classroom workshop you will be guided through the subjects typically by two experienced instructors that will answer questions and encourage discussions to provide various system scenarios in order to expand your design and implementation thought process. Registrants receive the recently revised ARCSA Rain Harvesting Manual, which has been expanded to include all of North America. Passing the Designer Certification Exam requires reading the entire ARCSA Rain Harvesting Manual in addition to the classroom workshop. Once a Workshop has been completed a student will have 6 months to take the associated ASSE Certification Exam.
Rainwater Catchment Systems Installer Workshop #21110:
This two-day professional workshop is an in-depth rainwater catchments systems installation course that provides the 16 hours of subject-specific training required to sit for the ASSE Series 21110 Rainwater Catchment Systems Installer Certification exam. The workshop combines four hours of in-classroom work and 12 hours of hands-on field work. Additionally, the students in this workshop will work through (in the form of an in-class activity) a real-life rainwater catchment system scenario prior to the field work. The field work will entail the review and assembly of five types of rainwater catchment projects. (Projects may vary slightly based on the facility hosting the training.) Passing the Installer Certification Exam requires attending a workshop and reading Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, and 16, along with Appendices A.2 and A.3, of the ARCSA Rainwater Harvesting Manual as well as all of the Plumbing Engineering and Design Standard ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63-2013. However, we recommend you read the entire ARCSA Rain Harvesting Manual for your own knowledge and to provide context. Please note: The Manual is not included as part of the cost of the Installers Workshop. It is anticipated that a student will typically take the Designer Workshop first where the Manual is provided as part of the workshop cost. This workshop fees pay for instruction and supplies for assembling class systems. Once a Workshop has been completed a student will have 6 months to take the associated ASSE Certification Exam.
Rainwater Catchment Systems Inspector Workshop #21130:
This one-day professional workshop is an in-depth rainwater catchments systems inspection course that provides 8 hours of subject-specific training in preparation for the ASSE Series 21130 Rainwater Catchment Systems Inspector Certification exam. The workshop combines four hours of in-classroom work and four hours of hands-on field work. The in-classroom time will be spent reviewing rainwater catchment system components, a typical inspection checklist, and things to look for in systems that could be inappropriate, concerning, or even dangerous. Passing the Installer Certification Exam requires attending the Installer Workshop and reading, at minimum, Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17 and 19 of the ARCSA Rainwater Harvesting Manual, as well as the Plumbing Engineering and Design Standards ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63-2013: Rainwater Catchment Systems and ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 78-2015: Stormwater Harvesting Systems Design for Direct End-Use Applications. We do recommend you read the entire ARCSA Rain Harvesting Manual for your own knowledge and for context. The ARCSA Rainwater Harvesting Manual is an additional cost to the Workshop and can be purchased on the ARCSA.org website. It is anticipated that a student will typically take the Designer Workshop first where the Manual is provided as part of the workshop cost. This workshop fees will include both the ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI standards, a basic system components diagram, and typical inspection checklists. Once a Workshop has been completed a student will have 6 months to take the associated ASSE Certification Exam.
For a full schedule of ARCSA’s upcoming in-person workshops, visit our listing of Upcoming Events.
Online Training Opportunities
In addition to in-person workshops, ARCSA also makes a number of online professional development offerings available to its members. Online offerings include:
ARCSA’s Online Professional Rainwater Harvesting Designer Class:
This online version of ARCSA’s Rainwater Catchment Systems Workshop is a self-paced course that is designed to be interactive and engaging. This workshop is based on and follows, in order, the chapters of the ARCSA Rainwater Harvesting Manual. This workshop is perfect for those who are new to rainwater harvesting and/or those who cannot travel. This workshop does require reading the entire manual and taking chapter quizzes as you progress through the workshop modules. ARCSA members save $150 off the listed price for the online workshop. Workshop registrants also receive a discount code for $10 off a hard copy of the ARCSA Manual. Please note: The online workshop satisfies the training requirement for the ASSE Series 21120 Rainwater Catchment Systems Designer Certification. Click here for more information and to purchase this course. Once the one line class has been completed a student will have 6 months to take the associated ASSE Designer Certification Exam.
ARCSA currently offers over 20 webinars for sale, with each webinar priced at either $20 or $25 for ARCSA members. Webinars are available across a variety of topics, including but not limited to rainwater harvesting best practices, agricultural rainwater harvesting, potable water standards, roofing materials, and seismic and soil considerations. Visit our Online Store for more information and to purchase webinars.