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The skills and leadership capacity of specialist staff in the water industry will be enhanced following the Australian Industry and Skills Committee’s (AISC’s) approval of the revised Diploma of Water Industry Operations.
The qualification, which underwent a major transformation during the review, now includes 20 new and 16 revised Units of Competency and additional specialisations to meet the job role requirements for asset management, control centre operations, hydrographic survey, hydrography, irrigation, networks, source, trade waste and treatment. Changes to Units of Competency within the qualification reflect changes in job roles and operational requirements, including the incorporation of new technologies. These now align to state and territory regulatory requirements and operator certification for industry.
The Diploma is widely used in the industry’s Water Industry Worker training program, and forms part of an established career path for operators, who can gain a broad range of skills to apply at the higher managerial/supervisory levels. Packaging rules were overhauled and now offer flexibility for the qualification to be customised for different job roles.
Chair of the Water Industry Reference Committee (IRC), John Harris, said “It was a collaborative approach that produced a quality product for the future training needs of the industry. The IRC appreciates the feedback by stakeholders and the valuable contributions made by organisations that provided subject matter experts for this project.”
Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) may now apply to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to have the updated qualification added to their scope of registration. RTOs already delivering this qualification will have 12 months from the date of endorsement to transition to the updated qualification.
The approved National Water Training Package 2.0 is now available on training.gov.au.
Water Industry qualifications under review now
A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been established to review the Certificate II in Water Industry Operations, the Certificate III in Water Industry Operations and the Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment. Meetings have already been held and produced lots of constructive suggestions on how to improve these qualifications and to modernise the associated Units of Competency to meet the changing demands of the industry.
Draft products will be available for public feedback in the coming months. If you are not already signed up to receive notifications from AIS, register here to comment on the proposed drafts.