Certificate III in Water Industry Operations - NWP30219


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

This is a qualification for those engaged in generalist water industry operations or specialisations in catchment and dams, civil construction, irrigation water supply, networks, treatment: water and wastewater, wastewater treatment or water treatment.The general qualification covers skills and knowledge to obtain a broad range of skills in the water industry. It allows staff to apply operational and procedural practices under the appropriate level of supervision.Group A: Specialist Elective - Catchment and DamsThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to monitor, operate and maintain water catchment and dam operations.Group B: Specialist Elective - CivilConstructionThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to monitor, operate and maintain civil construction operations.Group C: Specialist Elective - Irrigation Water SupplyThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to monitor, operate and maintain irrigation water supply operations.Group D: Specialist Elective - NetworksThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to monitor, operate and maintain network operations.Group E: Specialist Elective - Treatment: Water and WastewaterThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to monitor, operate and maintain treatment operations for both water and wastewater.Group F: Specialist Elective - WastewaterTreatmentThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to monitor, operate and maintain wastewater treatment operations.Group G: Specialist Elective - Water TreatmentThis specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to monitor, operate and maintain drinking water treatment operations.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.


  • Prepare and restore worksite
  • Operate and control fixed film processes
  • Conduct patching operations
  • Operate and control granular media filters
  • Operate and control chloramination processes
  • Record and present data
  • Apply the risk management principles of the water industry standards, guidelines and legislation
  • Inspect sewer or stormwater assets
  • Inspect and report on concrete dam safety
  • Remove non-friable asbestos
  • Monitor and operate hypochlorite disinfection processes
  • Install pre-cast access chambers
  • Operate and maintain fishways
  • Identify the role and functions of the water industry
  • Sample and test wastewater
  • Contribute effectively to WHS communication and consultation processes
  • Inspect and operate groundwater regulation
  • Monitor and operate wastewater collection and transfer systems
  • Monitor and operate wastewater treatment processes
  • Insert tie bars in fresh concrete
  • Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
  • Apply knowledge of WHS laws in the workplace
  • Operate and control nutrient removal processes
  • Operate and control odour removal processes
  • Enter and work in confined spaces
  • Perform standard calibrations
  • Monitor and control dam operations
  • Monitor and operate water treatment processes
  • Support operational plan
  • Use hand and power tools
  • Operate and control ion exchange and softening processes
  • Operate and control coagulation and flocculation processes
  • Implement traffic management plan
  • Operate and control membrane filters
  • Contribute to team effectiveness
  • Handle concrete materials
  • Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 60 tonnes)
  • Test and commission water distribution systems
  • Conduct basic scaffolding operations
  • Perform laboratory testing
  • Electrofusion weld polyethylene pipelines
  • Monitor, operate and control lagoon processes
  • Operate and control incineration processes
  • Inspect and operate water diversion systems
  • Butt weld polyethylene plastic pipelines
  • Implement erosion and sediment control measures
  • Respond to site based spills
  • Identify and confirm blue-green algae outbreaks
  • Carry out manual excavation
  • Perform leak detection
  • Assess household water use
  • Detect and rectify faults with automated channel regulators
  • Route floods through storages
  • Monitor and operate pump stations
  • Lay pavers
  • Inspect and report river performance
  • Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates
  • Use SCADA systems in operations
  • Operate and maintain locks and weirs
  • Monitor and operate fluoride addition processes
  • Install pre-cast gully pits
  • Use concreting materials and equipment
  • Monitor and control vacuum sewer systems
  • Operate and control activated sludge processes
  • Monitor and control rural water distribution operations
  • Carry out measurements and calculations
  • Maintain and repair network assets for wastewater
  • Facilitate the use of SCADA systems in a team or work area
  • Use maps, plans, drawings and details
  • Install stormwater systems
  • Install polyethylene plastic pressure pipelines
  • Investigate and report on breaches of water industry legislation
  • Monitor and operate rural irrigation and domestic delivery systems
  • Monitor and operate ultraviolet processes
  • Monitor and coordinate catchment operations
  • Conduct pipe layer operations
  • Operate and control digestion processes
  • Monitor and operate bulkwater transfer systems
  • Trim and cut felled trees
  • Operate a high pressure water jetting system
  • Licence to perform dogging
  • Operate and maintain salt interception works
  • Install PVC plastic pressure pipelines
  • Construct and dismantle fences and gates
  • Implement civil construction plan
  • Spread and compact materials manually
  • Control electrical risk on metallic pipes
  • Calculate costs of construction work
  • Monitor and conduct maintenance on rural irrigation assets
  • Monitor and operate ozone processes
  • Handle construction materials
  • Operate breathing apparatus
  • Monitor and implement dam maintenance
  • Monitor and operate network systems
  • Inspect and report on embankment dam safety
  • Respond to blue-green algae outbreaks
  • Install trench support
  • Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control processes
  • Operate and control dissolved air flotation processes
  • Supervise asbestos removal
  • Disinfect network assets
  • Organise personal work priorities and development
  • Drain and dewater civil construction site
  • Provide and promote customer service
  • Operate and control iron and manganese removal processes
  • Organise workplace information
  • Operate small plant and equipment
  • Apply an expanding range of mathematical calculations for work
  • Operate and control activated carbon processes
  • Assess, implement and report environmental procedures
  • Operate and control sedimentation and clarification processes
  • Monitor and operate liquefied chlorine gas disinfection processes
  • Load and unload plant
  • Maintain meters for rural water supplies
  • Install signs
  • Operate and control solids handling processes
  • Process customer complaints
  • Sample and test source or drinking water
  • Maintain drainage systems
  • Operate and control reclaimed water irrigation
  • Monitor and operate water distribution systems
  • Maintain workplace safety
  • Follow basic chemical safety rules
  • Apply principles of chemistry to water systems and processes
  • Monitor and operate groundwater extraction
  • Monitor and schedule water deliveries
  • Work safely at heights
  • Identify and respond to water quality problems
  • Conduct a water audit and identify water-saving initiatives
  • Maintain and repair network assets for drinking water
  • Conduct and report dam safety instrumentation monitoring
  • Monitor and control drainage operations
  • Carry out concrete work
  • Install, maintain and repair hydrants
  • Carry out basic levelling
  • Perform odour and infiltration investigations
  • Operate and control desalination processes
  • Control vegetation on a site
  • Install meters for rural water supplies
  • Test and commission wastewater collection systems
  • Assess household water use and efficiency improvements
  • Apply an expanding range of arithmetical calculations for work

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National Environmental Centre No
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