August 23, 2006

"Everyone’s A Winner"

Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada; October 3-6, 2006

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) recently released the schedule for the top-notch educational sessions to be held during the 2006 IBWA Convention and Trade Show at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 3 – 6, 2006. The following education sessions represent only five and a half Continuing Education Units (CEUs) of the 23 CEUs available during the convention. IBWA certified sessions provide the CEUs that are necessary for Certified Plant Operator accreditation and will provide innovative ideas and technologies specifically targeted to the bottled water industry.

Education session topics include the following:

  • Implementing Quality Management Systems (2.0 CEUs)

    o This session will detail International Standards Organization (ISO) requirements for the best Quality Management System (QMS) for attendee’s companies. They will be able to learn about the tools that are developed and actively used by a major supply chain operations company in order to implement a state-of-the-art QMS.

  • A Review Session for CPOs and Prospective CPOs (1.5 CEUs)

    o Anyone interested in the Certified Plant Operator (CPO) program will want to attend this session which will review important concepts and teach what it takes to pass the CPO examination. While self-study of the IBWA Plant Technical Reference Manual and IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice is an important part of the process, IBWA strongly encourages all plant operators to take advantage of this opportunity to talk with the experts.

  • Quality Control in the Bottled Water Facility (1.5 CEUs)

    o This comprehensive session provides information detailing the basic format of a first-rate bottled water Quality Control program and will show attendees how to incorporate regulatory and HACCP requirements into their own Quality Control programs. This presentation will also cover process, package, and product inspections.

For more about the educational sessions, registration, award programs, schedules, and other information about the 2006 IBWA Convention and Trade Show, log on to the IBWA website at or call 703-683-5213.