IBWA Schedule at a glance

IBWA Schedule at a glance

Schedule-at-a-Glance 2021

Education Session Descriptions

(current as of 10/22/21)
Education Descriptions
(current as of 09/21/21)
Keynote Speaker: Gina Trimarco 

All the learning (and CEUs) without any of the travel. We might not be able to meet in person this year for IBWA’s annual conference, but through IBWA’s virtual education program you can still learn about the latest bottled water industry news and innovations—and, if you are an IBWA Certified Plant Operator (CPO), you can earn CEU credits along the way! IBWA’s online education sessions provide a diverse lineup of technical and business-related topics to choose from.

By attending IBWA’s educational sessions, you’ll learn the key concepts, strategies, and practical skills that are necessary to run a successful bottled water business during these unprecedented times.  

CPOs: Do You Have Enough CEUs?

The IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice requires members to have at least one Certified Plant Operator (CPO) in each member facility. All IBWA education sessions at IBWA’s 2021 virtual Annual Business Conference and the General Session will be eligible for continuing education credits (CEUs). This makes the conference an ideal time to become certified, or to obtain CEUs to keep your certification current.   

To keep certification current, CPOs may either retake the CPO exam every three years or accrue the required 21 CEUs (up to 6 CEUs can be from non-technical/business topics)–within each three-year period (which averages out to only 7 CEUs per year). 

An online CPO Exam will be offered on Friday, November 12, 2021 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. If you are interested in taking the exam, you can register using this link: https://cpo-exam.bottledwater.org/. After registering, send Linda Amar your confirmation and confirm that you want to take the exam on November 12. For questions, contact Al Lear at alear@bottledwater.org or 703.647.4614.


For Conference and Trade Show Information: Contact Michele Campbell, Director of Conventions, Trade Shows, and Meetings at 703.647.4606 or via email conferenceinfo@bottledwater.org.

For Membership Information: Contact Cheryl Bass Manager of Member Services at 703.647.4615 or via email cbass@bottledwater.org.

For CPO Questions/Information: Contact Al Lear, Director of Science and Research at 703.647.4614 or via email alear@bottledwater.org.