Up to the Certification Challenge: A Study of Education Initiatives to Support CUPE Members (2005)

Sponsored by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), this study examines how basic skills programs can support water and wastewater workers who are trying to qualify for an operator’s certificate.

The focus on water and wastewater workers reflects major changes in that sector, including increasing regulation and mandatory certification, the author notes. The movement towards mandatory certification affects workers in other sectors as well.

The study reviews provincial regulations for the water and wastewater sector and approaches to training and certification in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. In addition, it describes five CUPE initiatives to help workers prepare for certification exams through basic skills education.

Recommendations to emerge from the study include lobbying governments and employers to strengthen and improve certification systems and processes; strengthening and coordinating efforts to support union members who face mandatory certification; and undertaking a needs assessment of other sectors, and then using that information to develop a strategy to make certification a shared responsibility for individual workers, unions, employers, and governments.

The union must be active in all aspects of programs, including planning, coordination, design, delivery, and evaluation, the study concludes. Joint employer-union committees must be real partnerships, with the union in a position to make decisions, not just recommendations.

This document also includes detailed background information on regulation of the water and wastewater sector in Canada.

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Lynette Plett. Up to the Certification Challenge: A Study of Education Initiatives to Support CUPE Members 2005. Web. 27 Nov. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cupe/cert_challenge/cert_challenge.pdf>
Lynette Plett (2005). Up to the Certification Challenge: A Study of Education Initiatives to Support CUPE Members. Retrieved November 27, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cupe/cert_challenge/cert_challenge.pdf
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