Water Rights Certification


Why should you Certify in Water Rights?

Certifying in Water Rights is a TANGIBLE way to demonstrate your Water Rights Knowledge.

Take advantage of the Water Rights Certification opportunity and make your water rights dealings much simpler and easier. The Division of Water Rights and the Rural Water Association of Utah have developed this certification and the training that accompanies it. One who takes and passes the Water Rights Certification exam will be capable of navigating Utah’s complicated water rights system effectively.

Curriculum & Exam


The curriculum for the Certification Course/Exam has been designed by the Division of Water Rights. The trainers will be DWR staff and other qualified individuals. The main topics covered will include the History of Water Rights and Water Right Basics, The Application Process from Beginning to End, Application, Change, Exchange Approval Criteria, and Hearings, Making and Filing Applications-Public Inquiry, Water Use Groups and Supplemental Rights, Public Water Supplier Issues, Water Use Program, Field Services (Distribution and Adjudication), and Well Drilling.


The Water Rights Certification Exam is an online, open book exam consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. The exam cost is $150 and is available at the end of each Water Rights class.  You have 2 hours to complete the exam.  At the end of two hours, all unanswered questions are marked incomplete, and the exam is closed.  A score of at least 70% is required to pass. One free retake is included with the initial exam fee. If you do not pass on both of these attempts, you would need to pay the exam fee again.

Certification Renewal 

The Water Rights Certification is renewable every 3 years by re-taking the certification exam. You can take the certification course as a refresher and then take the exam, or take the exam only. 


To set a different time to take the exam, email admin@rwau.net:  SCHEDULE NOW