Part 2 - Water Treatment Operations (5 days)

The Water Treatment Operations course is one of two water treatment courses run by the department.

On completion of the course you will have the knowledge and practical skills essential for effective and efficient operation of a broad range of water treatment processes.

Who should attend?

Water treatment works operators, engineers and managers.

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.


There are tutorial sessions, two written exams (mathematics and theory) and a practical exam, followed by a one-day on-site exam to determine competencies at the operator's own treatment works.

A project (Project B) involving the assessment of environmental risks is to be completed within five weeks of completion of the classroom sessions. Where an operator has previously completed units of study that covers the equivalent of that project work, the operator may apply for credit/exemption from the project assignment.

A project (Project C) is also required to be completed involving an operator’s duties in their treatment plant.

Resulting qualification

A NSW TAFE Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment (Drinking Water) with a list of competencies demonstrated will be issued to each successful candidate.

Course prerequisites

Successful completion of the Part 1 - Chemical Dosing Systems course is a prerequisite for attending this course.

It is recommended that operators review the supplied training manual and attempt the mathematics tutorial examples before the course. It is also recommended that operators undertake a few weeks experience in a treatment works under the supervision of a senior operator before attending the course.

What is included

Course notes and on-site examination at the operator's own treatment works. Morning tea and afternoon tea will be provided for the five days.

What is not included

Writing material, calculator, safety equipment (PPE), accommodation, meals, transport to and from the course.

Course details

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

How to register

Download a registration form ((PDF 87.6 KB)) and submit it by email to

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