Symposium FAQ’s

How do I sign up for an exam? Is there an additional cost to take the Life Support Operator or Water Quality certifications?

You will have the option to sign up for the life support operator level 1, 2, 3, or the water quality level 1, 2, or 3 exam when you register for the symposium. There is no additional cost to take any of the life support or water quality exams. More information about the certification program can be found in the certification Exam Handbook.


How do I register for workshops?

After you are registered for the symposium, you will receive an email when workshop registration opens.


Are there any sponsorship opportunities to help me attend the symposium?

To apply for sponsorship, please fill out the symposium sponsorship application.


Do you have study material available for the life support and water quality exams?

Practice tests are available in the Exam Handbook.


What is the BAWL?

The Big Automated Water Loop (BAWL) is a 5000 gallon aquatic system that is built inside the vendor hall. Many of the workshops are taught using equipment operating on the BAWL. You will have the opportunity to rebuild pumps, size chillers, calibrate sensors, fuse pipe and operate ozone systems on this fully functional aquarium system.


BAWL piping at the 2016 symposium in Denver.

A heat exchanger workshop on the BAWL at the 2017 symposium in St. Louis.