NWP30315 Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment – Drinking Water

(former Part 2 water treatment course)

This qualification allows for the attainment of general competencies in water industry treatment or specialisation in drinking water or wastewater.  The drinking water specialisation covers skills required to monitor, operate and control treatment processes within a drinking water plant.

Who should attend?

NSW local water utility and government agency water treatment works operators.

Topics covered

  • Competencies required to operate a water treatment works
  • Understanding of water treatment unit processes
  • Knowledge and practical skills essential for the daily operation of treatment works
  • Knowledge to systematically identify and rectify treatment problems.

Course notes will be supplied for pre-course study and future reference.

Course delivery

The course delivery activities include:

  • A 5 day workshop including:
    • Worksheets completed in tutorial sessions held during the course
    • Visit(s) to an treatment plant including practical sessions covering operational monitoring and testing
    • A written exam
  • An on-site assessment  held at the operator's own treatment works
  • Two project assignments to be submitted by the candidate.

Course outcomes

This course is delivered under a third agreement with TAFE NSW (RTO code 90003).

A Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment (Drinking Water) NWP30315 will be issued by TAFE NSW to successful candidates. Units of study delivered from the National Water Training Package (NWP15) comprise:

  • NWPGEN001 Apply the risk management principles of the water industry standards, guidelines and legislation
  • NWPGEN004 Assess, implement and report environmental procedures
  • AHCCHM101A Follow basic chemical safety rules
  • NWPGEN007 Sample and test drinking water
  • NWPGEN009 Perform complex testing
  • CPCCCM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations
  • NWPTRT015 Operate and control coagulation and flocculation processes
  • NWPTRT031 Operate and control sedimentation and clarification processes
  • NWPTRT041 Operate and control granular media filters
  • NWPGEN013 Apply principles of chemistry to water systems and processes
  • NWPTRT011 Assess and improve chemical dosing process

Depending on the type of your treatment works you undertake, one or two of the above units may be substituted by one or two of the following units:

  • NWPTRT014 Operate and control iron and manganese removal processes
  • NWPTRT033 Operate and control DAF processes
  • NWPTRT034 Operate and control activated carbon processes
  • NWPTRT035 Operate and control ion exchange and softening processes
  • NWPTRT043 Operate and control membrane filters
  • NWPTRT053 Operate and control UV processes
  • NWPTRT054 Operate and control chloramination processes
  • NWPTRT056 Operate and control ozone processes

Local course prerequisites

There are no training package prerequisites. Local pre-requisites include successful completion of the Chemical Dosing Systems (former Part 1) course is a prerequisite for attending this course.

What is included

Course notes, workplace visit to the operator's own treatment works and safety equipment (PPE) for workshop practical sessions. Morning tea and afternoon tea will be provided for the five days.

What is not included

Writing material, calculator, accommodation, meals, transport to and from the course.

Course details

Information on course dates, locations and costs can be found in the course schedule.

Complaints, policies/procedures and support

This course is delivered under a third party agreement with TAFE NSW (RTO No. 90003) and the following references apply:

How to nominate for the course

Download a nomination form (PDF 164.3 KB) and submit it by email to water.lwutraining@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

The department will send confirmation of receipt of your nomination via email within one week with instructions on enrolment if successful. Venue details, course notes, the program and a timetable will be sent to all participants approximately four weeks before the course. Please provide details of any special dietary needs on nomination.