National code: NWP30222

    Certificate III in Water Industry Operations

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Gain the practical skills to work as a wastewater or water plant operator. Blend on-the-job experience with online learning to enhance your knowledge. Explore sustainable water operations and contribute to reducing the industry's ecological impact.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Assess, implement and report on environmental procedures

    • Comply with risk management principles in the water operations industry

    • Follow safe work practices

    • Monitor, operate and maintain network operations

    • Use hand-held tools and equipment for sample testing


    • Your practical experience will differ depending on your workplace. You should choose elective units of study that align with your workplace requirements.

    Course outcomes

    Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

    • A nationally accredited Certificate III qualification

    • Strong practical skills and knowledge that align with your chosen specialisation

    • Diverse knowledge of the water and wastewater treatment processes

    • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    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.


    • If you are applying to the course as a non-trainee, you must be currently working in the industry, as evidenced by a letter from your employer.


    • TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Water Industry Operations as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol in the course as a trainee you must:

      • Be in relevant employment as this course is delivered in the workplace
      • Have a signed traineeship contract
    • Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.

    Completion requirements

    During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

    • Depending on your work place, you may require a general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) – you will need this before you can enter a construction site

    • Any additional evidence of specific certifications required for the type of work you'll be doing.

    Entry recommendations

    To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • Access to a computer with internet access and recording equipment to complete online components of study, assessments and to conduct research

    • An intermediate level fitness to manage physical demand in the workplace, such as lifting, bending and kneeling

    • Confidence working in confined spaces

    • Good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team

    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.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: water/wastewater treatment plant operator, water meter reader, water/wastewater reticulation systems operator and water quality officer.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Previous study0 Courses

    Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

    The Certificate III in Water Industry Operations does not have any pre-requisite courses.

    Further study0 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Certificate III in Water Industry Operations does not have any post-graduate courses.

    Related study1 Course

    Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

    Your experience counts

    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.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    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.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    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.

    • Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control processesBSBWHS308

    • Assess, implement and report environmental proceduresNWPGEN019

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    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

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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