Certified Water-Based Systems Designer (CWBSD)

Certified Water-Based Systems DesignerThe NFPA Certified Water-Based Systems Designer (CWBSD) was created in 2018 after discussions with leaders in the field of water-based systems design who indicated a strong desire for a credential that will assess and verify demonstration of the knowledge and expertise necessary to be a water-based systems designer.

CWBSD was then developed in consultation with professionals from a wide variety of specialties. The CWBSD credential offers water-based systems design professionals the ability to demonstrate that they understand project development, new and existing systems design, and the ability to complete Hydraulic Calculations. Gain the recognition you deserve as an expert in your field with this specialist certification.
Program goals
  • Recognize and provide evidence of competence in water-based systems design
  • Ensure proficiency in the use of NFPA codes and standards
  • Enhance professionalism
  • Ensure a uniform, fair process for certification that is accessible to everyone who is eligible
  • Facilitate success for those seeking certification
  • Promote professional development through continuous learning
Program benefits

  • Enhances professional credibility
  • Validates specialized knowledge
  • Increases customer and employer confidence
  • Provides peer recognition

Certification holders also receive an NFPA certificate that highlights their accomplishment.

CWBSD materials

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Reference materials

Body of knowledge
It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain the reference materials needed for study purposes. NFPA codes are available for purchase by clicking on the related links. The remaining reference materials are available at no cost at the links provided.

Contact CWBSD

NFPA Certification Department, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169

Tel: +1 617 984-7495; Fax: +1 617 984-7127; email: cwbsd@nfpa.org