Offering Info

Certificate III in Water Industry Operations (Networks)

  • National Course Code: NWP30219
  • TAFE NSW code: NWP30219-02V02-22NEC-155

Location – National Environmental Centre (Thurgoona) (APPRENTICESHIP)





Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

2 Hours per week


2 years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Water Industry Operations will help you to gain specialised skills as a water network operator. Combine on-the-job and connected learning to advance your knowledge, skills, career and study options.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Assess, implement and report on environmental procedures
  • Comply with risk management principles
  • Follow safe work practices
  • Monitor, operate and maintain network operations


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • An appreciation for the water industry
  • Aptitude to develop and learn new skills
  • A hard-working attitude, collaborative spirit and ability to work as part of a team
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication techniques
  • Digital literacy skills


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Specialised skills in networks

Career opportunities:

  • Water/wastewater network (reticulation) operator
  • Water/wastewater treatment plant operator


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment (Drinking water)
  • Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment (Wastewater)
  • Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment
  • Certificate IV in Water Industry Operations

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


To be eligible for this course, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • 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
  • An 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
  • A class C drivers license
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 11 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.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a blended, combination course. You must attend approximately 2 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 5 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run ia a combination of classroom based, online and/or workplace activity for 2 years.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

Australian Apprenticeships training can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. TAFE NSW will negotiate your attendance and study pattern with you and your employer.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


There are a range of study options for NSW Apprentices and eligible non-apprentices with relevant industry work experience in this course.

Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee-free training. Apprentices are required to provide evidence of their NSW apprenticeship to finalise their enrolment and applicable fees.

This course is also a TAFE NSW Trade Pathways Qualification and ideal if you have been working in this industry for an extended period of time but havent received a qualification. To be eligible to enrol as a non-apprentice and secure funding, you must firstly meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and be:

  • over 21 years of age
  • able to demonstrate and provide evidence of extensive industry experience and
  • able to demonstrate relevant ongoing work experience and provide workplace evidence to support the achievement of competence.
To study this course as a NSW apprentice or to check if you meet the non-apprentice requirements for NSW funding, please enquire now or call 131 601. For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
BSBWHS308 Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control processes
NWPGEN019 Assess, implement and report environmental procedures
Elective Units
Number Title
NWPGEN017 Apply the risk management principles of the water industry standards, guidelines and legislation
NWPGEN020 Sample and test source or drinking water
NWPGEN021 Sample and test wastewater
NWPGEN022 Perform laboratory testing
NWPTRT009 Operate and control coagulation and flocculation processes
NWPTRT010 Operate and control sedimentation and clarification processes
NWPTRT019 Operate and control granular media filters
NWPTRT036 Operate and control activated sludge processes
NWPTRT037 Operate and control nutrient removal processes
NWPTRT039 Operate and control solids handling processes
NWPNET030 Identify and respond to water quality problems
NWPNET036 Perform leak detection
NWPNET051 Monitor and operate water distribution systems
NWPNET052 Monitor and operate wastewater collection and transfer systems
RIICCM205E Carry out manual excavation
RIICCM210D Install trench support
RIISAM203E Use hand and power tools

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

National Environmental Centre (Thurgoona) (APPRENTICESHIP)
Phone 131 601

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