One of the core missions of the Professional Operator program is to bring recognition to the field. Like other designations for nurses or engineers, WPI hosts a variety of pinning ceremonies throughout the year. The pinning ceremony is a unique and special ceremony for the water community. Many operators hold the pinning ceremony in higher regard than a school commencement-the pinning symbolizes the operator’s hard work and dedication towards experience, education, and passing of the standardized exam. Like graduation, it is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment of the operator; however, unlike graduation, it symbolizes the first step they have taken in their certification journey and their continued commitment to the field.
"We cannot leave the security and integrity of our public health systems and the environment to uncertainty. The PO program certifies operators at the highest level and gives communities confidence and trust that their water systems are maintained by water professionals."- Paul D. Bishop, CAE President & CEO, WPI
Check out where we have honored operators so far!
Interested in getting pinned? Take a look at the gray diamonds below for our upcoming pinning ceremonies, and sign up to attend or host a local ceremony below!