Gain the skills to work at a wastewater treatment as a plant operator and help contribute to sustainable processes. Learn to operate and control granular media filters, activated sludge, nutrient removal and microbiology.
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
Operate and control activated sludge, nutrient removal and solids handling processes
Follow safe work practices
Sample and test wastewater using tools and equipment
Monitor, operate and maintain network operations
Your practical experience will differ depending on your workplace. You should choose elective units of study that align with your workplace requirements.
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally accredited Certificate III qualification
Specialised skills in wastewater treatment processes
Confidence in taking, testing and transporting water samples
Diverse knowledge of health and environmental processes of wastewater treatment
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.
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:
Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like: water/wastewater treatment plant operator, water meter reader, water/wastewater reticulation systems operator and water quality officer.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Water Industry Operations (Wastewater Treatment) does not have any pre-requisite 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 (Wastewater Treatment) 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.
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