Private Water Supplies Sampling
Certification of Persons Scheme for sampling private water supplies in accordance with The Private Water Supplies (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 and The Private Supplies (Wales) Regulations 2017.
CATG is now launching our private water sampling training workshops and examinations
Following our UKAS audits we are now ready to offer:
Water sampler examinations
The training and examinations will start in April 2020.
The DWI scheme
The water sampler certification scheme has been set up to provide a framework to ensure that monitoring of private water supplies is compliant with Schedule 3, Part 1 of The Private Water Supplies (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 or Schedule 4, Part 1 of The Private Supplies (Wales) Regulations 2017.
This states that a local authority must ensure that each sample is:
Taken by a person able to demonstrate compliance with any of EN ISO/IEC 17024, EN ISO/EIC 17025, or another equivalent standard accepted at international level
Representative of the water at the sampling point at the time of sampling
Not contaminated in the course of being taken
Kept at such a temperature and in such condition as will secure that there is no material change in what is to be measured, and
Analyzed without delay by a competent person using suitable equipment within 24 hours at the receiving laboratory, unless the specified method states otherwise
How the CATG DWI private water sampling scheme works
The DWI scheme is based over a three-year certification cycle and this requires the water sampler to:
Undergo training – CATG are an approved training body
Take a written and practical water sampling examination
Complete an on-site audit 18 months after the examination
Complete a re-certification examination after 36 months
The certification cycle is ongoing.
Our workshop and examinations
The CATG training and examination is combined to provide a two-day programme.
Training takes place on day one and the examination on day two. There are two options for you.
Option one: Training at our venues
CATG will be running open training workshops and examinations at venues throughout England and Wales and these will be open to all private water samplers. The cost for this option is:
£495 + VAT per candidate
This cost includes training, lunches, refreshments, examination, certification and issue of a national registration water sampling card.
CATG can offer organisations with many water samplers an in-house training workshop and examination at their venue, if this is suitable to CATG. The cost for this option is:
£1500 + VAT (£300 per water sampler)
This cost includes training for up to 5 employed samplers, examination, certification and issue of a national registration water sampling card. Additional samplers will be charged at £125 + VAT. We can accommodate up to 10 samplers.
On-site 18-month audit
After 18 months a surveillance audit of the certified water sampler is required at least two premises. The audit will include, but not be limited to the following:
Competence checks on the water sampler
Checks on paperwork associated with the scheme
Any training undertaken in the last 18 months by the water sampler
Does the water sampler have the necessary equipment for the job? Is it in good order and fit for use
Are samples being labelled, transported and stored appropriately
Are the local and laboratory manuals and procedures reviewed and how often
Does the water sampler have a copy of the required manuals and procedures and are they in date
Is the water sampler following the procedures set out in their manuals and procedures
Is the sample round planned
Are building owners greeted in a professional manner and kept informed through the water sample
Is the water sampler collecting a particular suite of parameters in the correct order
What are the general hygienic conditions of the water samplers’ kit and carrier
What are the general condition and layout of the sampler’s vehicle
Check expiry dates on any disinfectant sprays or wipes
Is the water samplers’ test kit calibrated and check their records
Are sample bottles stored in the sampler’s vehicle in date
What are the sample bottle storage arrangements in the sampler’s vehicle
Where are sample bottles stored? Are regular checks carried out on them? Are they recorded correctly and appropriately
What facilities does the water sampler use for washing and cleaning whilst on the road
What temperature checks are carried out when samples are in transit
Is the storage temperature within a set standard range
If the water sampler uses a cool box, what state is it in and are frozen ice packs in use
If no cool box or fridge is in use, how are samples transported and in what conditions
The transport arrangements and handover to the laboratory or drop off point
Where does the water sampler place the bottles and kit during sampling – is it hygienically acceptable
How does the water sampler record and report anomalies and concerns that may affect the result, or public health
The current cost for the audit is:
£ 375 + VAT per candidate
This cost includes the audit (including travel and accommodation costs for the assessor).
On-site 36-month re-certification
After 3 years a re-certification on-site audit and examination is required. The re-certification will include:
A written examination
On-site water sampling audits at least two premises
The written examination will normally take place before the on-site water sampling audits. The written examination consists of 24 questions, 2 from each of the components of the syllabus issued by the DWI.
The on-site water sampling will be observed at least two premises.
The current cost for the re-certification is:
£ 395 + VAT per candidate
This cost includes the audits (including travel and accommodation costs for the assessor), the report and issue of a new certificate and national registration water sampling card.
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