Water Treatment - Recognition of Prior Learning Workshop (1 day)

In 2010, the department, through agreement with TAFE NSW, started a program to deliver Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment (Drinking Water). Accordingly, the water treatment operator training courses were amended to suit the requirements of the certificate.

The Recognition of Prior Learning Workshop is intended for those who completed the department's Part 1 and Part 2 water operator training courses before 2010, and would like to be awarded Certificate III.

The workshop includes subjects that were not covered in past courses, as well as providing an update on other subjects, e.g. Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2011). At the end of the workshop, participants will be required to complete and submit two projects within two months in order to satisfy all the requirements for Certificate III, as per the National Water Training Package. Detailed project templates will be provided at the workshop and ongoing support will be available as required.

The Recognition of Prior Learning Workshop is conducted jointly for both water and wastewater operators within a single common workshop.

Who should attend?

Water treatment works operators, engineers and managers who have successfully completed the department’s Part 1 and Part 2 wastewater operator training courses before 2010.

Topics covered

  • Legislation
  • Current version of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines
  • Water sampling and drinking water monitoring program
  • Details of the required projects, including projects templates.

The projects will be on:

  • Typical duties of an operator in a water treatment works, including work health and safety.
  • Implementation, monitoring and coordination of environmental procedures.


Assessment will be based on the employer's endorsement that the operator has been working satisfactorily in the water treatment plant operations since completing the department’s Part 1 and 2 water treatment operator courses, and satisfactory completion of the two projects.

Resulting qualification

On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a nationally recognised qualification Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment (Drinking Water).

Course prerequisites

Successful completion of the following courses run by the department:

  • Part 1: Chemical Dosing Systems course
  • Part 2: Water Treatment Operations course
  • A letter from the employer stating that the candidate has been involved in water treatment operations since completion of the above Part 1 and Part 2 courses.

What is included

Course handouts, projects templates, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

What is not included

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

Course details

Information on course dates, locations and costs can be found in the training courses calendar.

How to register

Download a registration form ((PDF 87.6 KB)) and submit it by email to water.lwutraining@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

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