Department of Environment receives award (10/04/07)

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April 7, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Department of Environment has been recognized by the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) for its work in making New Brunswick the only jurisdiction in Canada that offers bilingual water and wastewater certification examinations.

The department is the recipient of ABC's Certification Program Award which recognizes outstanding contributions in establishing or advancing certification.

"Department of Environment staff recognized that unilingual exams were causing difficulties for bilingual water and waste water operators who often refer to technical terms in both languages," said Environment Minister Rick Miles. "In order to create a bilingual exam, staff reviewed and had translated nearly 1,000 exam questions. I recognize the hard work and dedication that went into that task and congratulate the staff for being deserving winners of this award."

Since the bilingual exam was introduced in 2008, test scores have improved.

Comprehensive drinking water and wastewater approvals are issued to municipal, crown and private system owners. The owners are required to have operators certified in the areas of water treatment, water distribution, wastewater treatment and wastewater collection, depending upon the type and size of their system.

"Water and waste water management is an important aspect of environmental sustainability," said Miles. "The creation of this bilingual exam demonstrates the commitment of the department and staff to working with our stakeholders to protect and promote the environment."

ABC, based in Ames, Iowa, includes almost 100 certifying authorities, representing more than 40 states, nine Canadian provinces as well as several international programs. These programs certify over 150,000 water and wastewater operators and other professionals in the field.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.