Enter the water industry with a range of skills in different specialisations. Gain in-depth knowledge through a blend of theory and practical learning, and kickstart your career as a water/wastewater treatment plant operator or meter reading operator.
This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Work safely in the water industry
Manage risks and hazards
Implement environmental procedures
Work in a variety of water specialisations
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Diverse knowledge of the water and wastewater treatment processes
Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
Employment in the water industry operations industry, as evidenced by a letter from your employer
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
The ability to rise early to enjoy a professional career in the water industry
Intermediate level fitness to manage physical demand in the workplace – like lifting, bending, kneeling
Confidence working in confined spaces
Some experience operating a computer
Good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.
This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Waste Water or Water Plant Operators operate plants to store, distribute and treat water, including purifying water for human consumption and removing waste from sewage.
Other jobs include: Water/wastewater network (reticulation) operator, Water/wastewater treatment plant operator and Meter reading operator
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Water Industry Operations does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Certificate III in Water Industry Operations does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Water Industry Operations qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 11 Units of competency, including 2 core and 9 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
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