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For Individuals -

Professional Membership - $160/year

The Professional Member category is designed for individuals participating in the water quality profession and its activities. This category includes the following benefits:

  • Subscriptions to Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) and WEF Highlights, as well as discounts on subscriptions to Water Environment Research (WER) and other WEF Newsletters
  • Member discounts off of conference registrations and up to 20-40% off of technical manuals, books, and training products
  • Access to online resources, including Technical Discussion groups and the WEF Job Bank
  • And more....

Professional Wastewater Operators (PWO) - $95/year

The PWO category is designed for individuals involved on a daily basis in wastewater treatment, collection, or laboratory operations. PWO members have access to all Active member benefits, as well as the following:

  • Operations Challenge - Held annually at WEFTEC®, Operations Challenge is regarded as the "championship" competition, testing the skills of wastewater professionals in the areas of Collections, Laboratory, Maintenance, Process Control, and Safety events.
  • Skills Builder - Test your knowledge of Wastewater and Laboratory Topics using SkillsBuilder. You can take a quick refresher before the big test, or just brush up on your knowledge!

Young Professionals Program - $59/year

Water quality professionals with five years or less work experience in the industry and under 35 years old are eligible to join WEF as an Active Member while participating in the WEF Young Professionals Program. This program allows for 50% off of WEF Active member dues, valid for the first three years of WEF membership. This program is available only to new member applicants and WEF Student members, and will also apply to the local WEF Member Association (MA) dues.

Student - Contact your student chapter for more information

Student membership is designed for the specific needs of students-our future water quality professionals--as it offers Student members a solid foundation on which to build their careers and gain instant credibility with water quality leaders. Students who are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours in an accredited college or university and who provide written documentation verifying their student status are welcome to join WEF at special discounted rates. Note: A faculty or advisor must sign the verification on official school letterhead within 30 days of joining.

Students enjoy access to all Professional Member benefits, as well as the following:

  • Scholarships
  • Student Member Discounts - Save up to 50% off of technical manuals and books, as well as up to 80% off of WEF Specialty Conference registrations, and FREE registration to WEFTEC®.
  • Access to University Center - Online resources including Career Resources, listings of Student Chapters and local WEF Member Associations, and WEFTEC for Students.

For Utilities -

UPP Membership

$ Varies according to number of member employees

The WEF Utility Partnership Program (UPP) consolidates all WEF members within your organization onto one account, streamlining the renewal process and maximizing your resources.

As an added bonus, UPP members benefit from complimentary memberships for public officials and new members, as well as special pricing on WEFTEC® and the WEF Knowledge Center.

Key Benefits Include:


  • New to 2015: All employees of a UPP utility will receive UPP member rates for WEFTEC registration. For more information please visit the WEFTEC UPP page.
  • Utility employees designated as members will have synchronized renewal dates, on ONE invoice, for an easy one-time per year payment.
  • 1-2 no charge memberships for elected/appointed officials, designated by the utility at their discretion.
  • Up to 5* new WEF members can be added by the utility each year, at no charge for the first year of membership.
  • 40% off the list price for all WEF Knowledge Center courses.
  • UPP members receive up to 40% off WEF Products.
  • All members, who were already WEF members, retain original membership number, credit for all years of membership, and remain a full-voting WEF member.
  • Member pricing at all KY-TN WEA events for all employees of the UPP organization


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