Continuing Education

While NGWA seeks recognition of Groundwater Week education sessions for states’ various continuing education credit requirements, each state is free to determine the specific sessions that are approved and how much credit will be awarded. The information on this page is provided as a resource to help those planning to seek state credit; however, if your state has adopted continuing education requirements, you are ultimately responsible for being aware of what those specific requirements are and the completion of those requirements including the reporting format, where applicable.


As of October 21, 2021, NGWA has received notice from the following state agency regarding Groundwater Week 2021 sessions approved for continuing education credit. Please click on the state agency name to view the specific education sessions that agency has approved.

Pending approvals

Submissions have also been made to the following agencies:

  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Connecticut Board of Examiners of Environmental Professionals*
  • Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Florida Water Well Contractors Continuing Education Program
  • Idaho Dept. of Water Resources
  • Illinois Division of Environmental Health
  • Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Maryland State Board of Well Drillers
  • Massachusetts Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals*
  • Minnesota Dept. of Health
  • Montana Board of Water Well Contractors
  • Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Nevada Division of Water Resources
  • New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services
  • New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection — New Jersey Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board*
  • New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection — New Jersey State Well Drillers and Pump Installers Examining and Advisory Board
  • New Mexico Office of the State Engineer
  • North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services — NC Well Contractors Certification Commission
  • Ohio Dept. of Health
  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board
  • Oregon Water Resources Dept.
  • Tennessee Division of Water Resources
  • Texas Dept. of Licensing and Regulation
  • Utah Division of Water Rights
  • Virginia Dept. of Professional and Occupational Regulation (VA-DPOR) — Board for Contractors
  • Washington Dept. of Ecology Wyoming State Engineer’s Office — Water Well Contractors Licensing Board.

*Offerings submitted to this agency include the following educational sessions geared toward scientists and engineers

  • 2020 Darcy Lecture — “Hydrology in the Supercomputing Age: How Computational Advances Have Revolutionized Our Field, and What Big Data and Massively Parallel Simulations Mean for the Future of Hydrological Discovery,” presented by Reed Maxwell, Ph.D.
  • 2021 Darcy Lecture — “Hydrogeochemistry: Recent Advances and Opportunities and Challenges Ahead,” presented by Chen Zhu, Ph.D.
  • 2021 McEllhiney Lecture — “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Innovative Treatment Options for Established and Emerging Water Quality Challenges,” presented by Kevin McGinnis, Cotey Chemical Corp.
  • 2022 McEllhiney Lecture — “Surface Water and Groundwater Interaction—An Examination of the Natural and Man-Made Ties That Bind Them,” presented by Kevin McGillicuddy, PG
  • “Innovative Tools and Techniques for Monitoring and Managing Karst Groundwater Systems,” presented by Jason Polk, Ph.D.
  • “Monitoring Nitrate Contamination in Aquifers,” presented by Cristina Windsor, OTT Hydromet, and Michael Casey, Aquatic Informatics.
Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin approvals

Note: If you need continuing education credit in Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin for attendance at Groundwater Week workshops, you MUST follow this procedure:

  • Note the code number given by the workshop presenter
  • When the workshop concludes, go to the NGWA staff member in the kiosk in the workshop area
  • Provide the code number, your name, and your license number for the subject state
  • This information will be captured and then submitted electronically according to the state requirement.

Information must be recorded on the day the workshop is scheduled. NGWA is unable to waive any state-mandated requirement.