Part 1 - Basic Wastewater Treatment Operations (5 days)

On completion of this course you'll have fundamental knowledge of wastewater and its treatment, and the understanding and practical skills essential for the effective operation and performance of basic treatment works (primarily pond based and trickling filter plants).

Who should attend?

Local water utility sewage treatment works operators, engineers and managers.

Topics covered

  • Legislation; collection systems.
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary treatment processes.
  • Technologies covered in this course include trickling filters, oxidation ponds, aerated lagoons and basic activated sludge processes.
  • A 5 day workshop including:
  • Worksheets completed in tutorial sessions held during the course.
  • Visit(s) to a treatment plant including practical sessions covering operational monitoring and testing.
  • A written theory exam.
  • An on-site assessment held at the operator's own treatment works.

Course delivery and assessment

Resulting qualification

A Certificate of Completion – Basic Wastewater Treatment Operations which is suitable for operating a basic wastewater treatment works will be issued to each successful candidate. This course is a prerequisite for Part 2 – Advanced Wastewater Treatment Operations course.

Course prerequisites

It is strongly recommended that operators have a minimum of 4-6 weeks full time experience on a sewage treatment works prior to attending the course. It is also recommended that operators review the manual and mathematics tutorial examples prior to commencement of the course. Course notes will be supplied for pre-course study and future reference.

What is included

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

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.

How to nominate for the course

Download a nomination form ((PDF 164.3 KB)) and submit it by email to

The department will send confirmation of receipt of your nomination 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 nomination.