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Association Insight July 12 2017

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THERE IS STILL TIME TO PARTICIPATE! A message from Certification Commission Co - Chair Jeff Wigley The PSAI Service Technician Survey ends on Monday, July 17th! Thank you to all who have participated in this very important project. For those of you that have yet to complete the s urvey, please do so now. We need your insight and experience to count in our analysis . This ambitious project began at the first of the year and is the result of several months of work by the Certificatio n Commission. The goal of the s urvey is to determine the relative importance of the many critical tasks that Service Technicians perform on a daily basis. The results of the survey will be used to construct questions for the new PSAI Certification Exam. The Certification Commission was formed in mid 2014 with the purpose of establishing an accredited Certification Program that built on a rich 25 year tradition of excellence in this area. Meet ings and h ard work have followed and the s urvey is the culmination of our efforts up to this point. Why is the s urvey so important? It is because our Service Technicians are so important . WEEKLY EDITION July 12, 20 17 CONTINUE TO PAGE 8 FOR JEFF'S MESSAGE AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CERTIFICATION COMMISSION Dispatch #3 from South Africa Research Reveals New Ways of Extracting Value from Human Waste Note: Executive Director Karleen Kos represented the PSAI at a series of meetings in Durban, South Africa, sponsored by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in June. The purpose of the meetings was to lay the foundation for the development of an International Working Agreement (IWA) on standards for sustainable fecal sludge processing systems. More than 100 participants from dozens of countries were involved and funding was largely provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the highlights of our four - d ay meeting in Durban was a visit to research facilities nearby. The work at these facilities provided the professionals in attendance with a broader understanding of the technologies that are in development and to which the International Working Agreement may apply. In the June 28 issue of Association Insight I described our first site visit in Durban. There we saw a system for diverting urine, collecting fecal sludge, and processing it using black soldier fly larvae technology. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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