National code: NWP30222

Certificate III in Water Industry Operations (Wastewater Treatment)

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Overview About this course

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.

Outcomes What 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

  • 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.

Course outcomes

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

Suitability Is 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.

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.

Pathways Future 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

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Previous study 0 Courses

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

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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.

Units Units 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 (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.

  • Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control processes BSBWHS308

  • Assess, implement and report environmental procedures NWPGEN019

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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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