Part 1 - Chemical Dosing Systems (5 days)

This course covers fundamental knowledge and practical skills essential for effective and efficient operation of a comprehensive range of chemical dosing systems.

Who should attend?

Water treatment works operators, engineers and managers.

Topics covered

  • Competencies required to operate chemical dosing systems in a water treatment works.
  • Understanding of water treatment dosing equipment.
  • Knowledge and practical skills essential for day-to-day chemical dosing operations, including disinfection, coagulant, coagulant aids, acid, alkali, activated carbon and oxidants.

Course delivery and assessment

The course delivery activities include:

  • 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 exam with mathematics and knowledge components.
    • A practical session on chemical dosing systems.
  • A project assignment to be submitted by the candidate involving the documentation of your duties at your water treatment works over a three-day period.

Resulting qualification

A Certificate of Completion - Chemical Dosing Systems will be issued by the Department of Planning and Environment to successful candidates. This course is a pre-requisite for the Part 2 – Water Treatment Operations course.

Pre-preparation to attend course

Candidates should undertake a minimum of four (4) weeks full time experience in a treatment plant under the supervision of a senior operator before attending the course. Candidates should also read the training manual and attempt the tutorial examples on mathematics provided. Candidates need to practice maths skills using calculator before coming for the training.

What is included?

Course notes and ongoing support for completion of your project at the operator's own treatment works. Lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea will be provided for the five days.

What is not included?

Writing material, calculator, accommodation, other meals not specified, 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

Complete an online form or download a nomination form PDF, 368.35 KB and submit it by email to

Apply now

The department will send confirmation of receipt of your nomination via email within one week. Venue details, 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.