Diploma of Water Industry Operations - NWP50118

Simmonds & Bristow Pty Ltd

Type of institution: Registered Training Organisation
Level: Pre-degree

This is a qualification for those engaged in water industry operations and includes specialisations for asset management, control centre operations, hydrographic survey, hydrometric monitoring, irrigation, networks, source, trade waste and treatment.The general qualification covers skills and knowledge to obtain a broad range of skills in the water industry. It allows experienced staff to apply advanced practice and develop leadership roles.Group A: Specialist Elective - Asset ManagementThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to analyse, develop and implement asset management plans to support and optimise risk, performance and life-cycle costs of water operations assets.Group B: Specialist Elective - Control Centre OperationsThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to monitor, review, diagnose, test, operate and respond to network operations using supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems to meet water quantity and quality requirements. Group C: Specialist Elective \u2013 Hydrographic SurveyThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to collect hydrographic data, determine features of marine floors, prepare and revise maps and charts and analyse, present and maintain graphical information about marine environments. Completion of this specialist grouping may lead to certification as a hydrographic surveyor.Group D: Specialist Elective - Hydrometric MonitoringThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to measure, collect and analyse hydrometric information and review the accumulated data to develop water management plans for inland water systems including rivers, lakes, stormwater and sewage. Group E: Specialist Elective - IrrigationThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to coordinate and manage the development, implementation and review of irrigation plans and systems.Group F: Specialist Elective - NetworksThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to monitor and manage network operations including collection and treatment of drinking water and wastewater.Group G: Specialist Elective - SourceThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to monitor and manage water provisioning from water sources including seawater, dams and reservoirs, rivers and bores.Group H: Specialist Elective - Trade WasteThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to coordinate and manage the development, implementation and review of trade waste programs.Group I: Specialist Elective - TreatmentThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to manage water supply assets including storage and service reservoirs, treatment plants, pumping stations, transfer mains, pressure reducing valves and hydro generation facilities.Please note: RTO to insert on the testamur, the specialist elective unit group selected from the group choice below.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • Collect, organise and interpret statistical data for work
  • Develop and maintain ratings
  • Develop and review a surface water plan
  • Investigate WHS incidents
  • Use remote sensing for hydrographic surveying
  • Establish connections of water and wastewater systems
  • Develop and manage a water treatment plan
  • Manage a small team
  • Measure and process low and medium flows using area velocity methods
  • Analyse and implement network data
  • Mentor in the workplace
  • Facilitate continuous improvement
  • Evaluate, implement and monitor high risk trade waste discharge approvals
  • Manage and analyse water levels and flows
  • Collect and evaluate groundwater data
  • Prepare detailed works project documentation
  • Apply construction principles to civil works in the water industry
  • Implement and manage trade waste policies and plans
  • Manage asset construction and maintenance
  • Plan a scheduled outage
  • Develop and manage a wastewater treatment plan
  • Develop and maintain a safe workplace
  • Interpret and collate spatial data
  • Plan water resource management
  • Develop and manage a treatment process monitoring program
  • Plan to manage a contract
  • Undertake project investigation
  • Implement and coordinate a surface water plan
  • Develop and manage a wastewater collection plan
  • Interpret and comply with regulatory requirements
  • Evaluate and select appropriate test methods and/or procedures
  • Operate and monitor supervisory, control and data acquisition systems
  • Develop and manage an alternate water supply plan
  • Develop and manage a catchment plan
  • Coordinate and monitor groundwater system usage
  • Prepare preliminary design for operational works
  • Manage budgets and financial plans
  • Develop and manage a flood plan
  • Ensure a safe workplace
  • Use control centre systems to monitor and control water
  • Implement and coordinate a catchment plan
  • Manage people performance
  • Manage WHS risks
  • Collect and evaluate meteorological data
  • Use alternate positioning systems to gather data
  • Sample and test trade wastewater
  • Implement and manage environmental management policies
  • Identify and analyse information technology for hydrographic surveys
  • Conduct commissioning and post-commissioning activities
  • Assist in implementing a proactive maintenance strategy
  • Develop and manage a drinking water system plan
  • Implement and coordinate a groundwater plan
  • Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
  • Develop emergency management plans
  • Process and report hydrographic time series data
  • Apply principles of open channel hydraulics
  • Develop and manage a dam safety inspection plan
  • Establish and maintain plant, equipment and infrastructure maintenance system
  • Manage a contract
  • Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk
  • Communicate and monitor pipeline activities
  • Develop and review a groundwater plan
  • Manage hydrographic surveying projects
  • Undertake surveying of monitoring sites
  • Undertake project work
  • Develop a proactive maintenance strategy
  • Manage operational plan
  • Capture new spatial data
  • Establish incident response preparedness and response systems
  • Develop and review an irrigation system plan
  • Undertake sampling and testing of water
  • Use underwater acoustics to map waterways
  • Implement asset management systems
  • Implement and coordinate an irrigation delivery system plan
  • Manage effective WHS consultation and participation processes
  • Assess maintenance spares and manage repairable items
  • Interpret and analyse science principles for hydrographic surveying
  • Develop teams and individuals
  • Store and retrieve spatial data
  • Assess and improve wastewater processes to control microbial impacts
  • Contribute to assessment
  • Write complex documents
  • Assess and improve chemical dosing process
  • Ensure compliance with water industry standards, guidelines and legislation
  • Develop and modify trade waste policies and plans
  • Conduct an internal audit of the quality system
  • Develop workplace communication strategies

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Rocklea Domestic: $8,850
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Flexible Delivery : 2 years
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Rocklea.

Domestic fee applies to our Independent Learner (E-Learning) delivery method for 10 units only.The fee is subject to change on different chosen delivery methods.

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