Operator Training

Aims of the Certificates III and IV in Water Industry Treatment

Previous Training Packages include the Water Industry Training Package (UTW98) which was originally endorsed by the National Utilities Industry Training Advisory Board in 1999 and the Water Industry Training Package (NWP01) endorsed by Local Government Training. The Water Training Package (NWP07) endorsed by Government Skills Australia and the current National Water Training Package (NWP).

The Training Package includes a range of qualifications, including-

  • NWP20115 Certificate II in Water Industry Operations
  • NWP30315 Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment
  • NWP30215 Certificate III in Water Industry Operations
  • NWP40615 Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment


As part of the National Water Training Package, these qualifications aim to provide operations staff with the competencies required to efficiently and effectively operate, and control plant and equipment used in drinking water and wastewater treatment to standards required to protect public health and the environment.

A similarly important aim is to ensure that a high standard of Work Health and Safety practice is maintained and promoted within the industry. More detailed information on the National Water Training Package is available from the web-site - www.training.gov.au


Structure of the Training

Training modules are mapped to relevant Units of Competency in the National Water Training Package. These modules are designed to be vocationally relevant and need not be completed in a specific sequence. This means they can be undertaken as required and/or when available.

Core modules are compulsory and must be completed in order to qualify for the award of a Qualification.

To complete Qualification you will need to have been awarded-

• Statements of Attainment for the appropriate Core Units of Competency


• the required number elective Units of Competency according to the Training Package qualification rules.


The assessment criteria may consist of a combination of written tests, demonstration of skills in hands-on training both on and off-the-job (eg. laboratory, field exercises) and provision of relevant Workplace Evidence.


Assessing and Evaluating the Student

Apart from the formal assessment, trainers may choose to use other techniques to ascertain students' progress and discover learning difficulties. This might apply particularly to those activities which are part of the student's normal classroom and/or work activities, for example, classroom discussion, practical exercises and diagnostic tests.

Students will be informed of assessment requirements at the commencement of each module.

To successfully complete each module or unit of competency, students must demonstrate satisfactory achievement of all general objectives to a level described by the assessment guidelines for the National Water Training Package.


Selecting the Units of Competency

Whilst training may provide credit towards nationally recognised qualifications, it may also be undertaken separately by any student without the intent of completing a qualification from the National Water Training Package. This modular flexibility enables the WITC to provide for specific training needs that trainees might require as part of their employment.

Note: To receive a Statement of Attainment for the Unit/s of Competency associated with modules, the student needs to be implementing the relevant skills of the unit in the workplace. Students not involved in operations (for example: engineers/scientists) wishing to attain the underpinning knowledge aspects of the unit may enrol in individual modules and a Certificate of Completion maybe issued.

Training plans can be prepared for individual trainees on request to meet the qualification rules and enterprise requirements. Training plans list recommended units of competency based on enterprise requirements and the training modules required to achieve these units.


Duration of Training

It is anticipated that those students intending to complete a qualification at Certificate III level would do so over a period of some 1 to 3 years.