Certificate III in Water Industry Operations - NWP30215


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification allows for the attainment of general competencies in water industry operations or specialisation in networks, source, irrigation or treatment. The general qualification covers the skills required to operate in a broad range of water operations. The networks specialisation covers the skills required to monitor, operate and maintain network operations. The source specialisation covers the skills required to monitor, operate and maintain source operations.The hydrography specialisation covers the skills required to monitor, operate and maintain hydrography operations.No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.Additional qualification adviceWhere a defined specialisation is completed as listed below, the resultant testamur can be titled: Certificate III in Water Industry Operations (field of study) e.g. Certificate III in Water Industry Operations (Networks).


  • 11 units: 2 core
  • 9 elective


  • Undertake sampling and testing of water
  • Conduct patching operations
  • Test and commission water distribution systems
  • Install pre-cast access chambers
  • Support the role and functions of the water industry
  • Maintain meters for rural water supplies
  • Measure and process low and medium flows using area velocity methods
  • Operate and maintain locks and weirs
  • Install meters for rural water supplies
  • Test and commission wastewater collection systems
  • Insert tie bars in fresh concrete
  • Enter and work in confined spaces
  • Butt weld polyethylene plastic pipelines
  • Support operational plan
  • Use hand and power tools
  • Monitor and operate bulkwater transfer systems
  • Assess, implement and report environmental procedures
  • Operate and maintain salt interception works
  • Implement traffic management plan
  • Contribute to team effectiveness
  • Handle concrete materials
  • Sample and test drinking water
  • Conduct basic scaffolding operations
  • Apply the risk management principles of the water industry standards, guidelines and legislation
  • Record and present data
  • Assess household water use
  • Participate effectively in WHS communication and consultation processes
  • Lay pavers
  • Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates
  • Inspect and report river performance
  • Calculate and cost construction work
  • Install pre-cast gully pits
  • Use concreting materials and equipment
  • Control electrical risk on metallic pipes
  • Sample and test wastewater
  • Provide and promote customer service
  • Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
  • Electrofusion weld polyethylene pipelines
  • Construct and dismantle fences and gates
  • Perform leak detection
  • Operate and control wastewater processes
  • Implement civil construction plan
  • Spread and compact materials manually
  • Conduct and report dam safety instrumentation monitoring
  • Install, maintain and repair hydrants
  • Operate and control water treatment processes
  • Respond to blue-green algae outbreaks
  • Monitor and coordinate catchment operations
  • Inspect and operate groundwater regulation
  • Handle construction materials
  • Monitor and implement dam maintenance
  • Route floods through storages
  • Install trench support
  • Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • Inspect sewer or stormwater line
  • Identify and confirm blue-green algae outbreaks
  • Monitor and operate wastewater collection and transfer systems
  • Conduct pipe layer operations
  • Organise personal work priorities and development
  • Drain and dewater civil construction site
  • Install polyethylene plastic pressure pipelines
  • Apply knowledge of WHS legislation in the workplace
  • Investigate and report on breaches of water industry legislation
  • Identify and respond to water problems
  • Monitor and control vacuum sewer systems
  • Organise workplace information
  • Perform standard calibrations
  • Install PVC plastic pressure pipelines
  • Operate small plant and equipment
  • Perform odour and infiltration investigations
  • Inspect and report on concrete dam safety
  • Establish monitoring sites
  • Apply an expanding range of mathematical calculations for work
  • Inspect and report on embankment dam safety
  • Monitor and operate water distribution systems
  • Install signs
  • Process customer complaints
  • Apply principles of chemistry to water systems and processes
  • Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • Maintain workplace safety
  • Carry out manual excavation
  • Facilitate the use of SCADA systems in a team or work area
  • Monitor and control dam operations
  • Work safely at heights
  • Conduct a water audit and identify water-saving initiatives
  • Operate and maintain fishways
  • Carry out concrete work
  • Inspect and operate surface water systems
  • Disinfect network assets
  • Perform laboratory testing
  • Carry out basic levelling
  • Use locating devices

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National Environmental Centre No
  • Flexible Delivery : 2 years
National Environmental Centre No
  • Flexible Delivery : 2 years

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