NWP Water Industry Operations and Treatment Review

Project Update

25 July 2019

Water SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED

Work on this project has commenced and the Water IRC is forming a TAC.

Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to help review and develop the Certificate IV in Water Industry Operations and Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment qualifications and associated Units of Competency and combining them into one qualification. The revised occupational standards will cover new technologies, operator certification changes in water operations and water treatment and contemporary industry practices.

To register your interest in becoming a TAC member, please provide your details by close of business Friday, 9 August 2019. Expressions of interest have now closed.

For more information about this project please contact the Industry Manager.

Background

Industry have requested qualifications that allow flexibility for operators at both large and small plants to undertake the relevant training they require to operate their plants and manage the risk to both public health and the environment. Operator certification skill and knowledge requirements, technology developments and process methodology changes in water storage, delivery and treatment are driving this development.

Water or wastewater treatment plants do not meet a one size fits all concept. There are differences in the range of technology and complexity of process steps employed at large and small treatment plants. Currently, when seeking to apply for operator certification, additional training is required to address skills gaps. These identified skills gaps need to be addressed and included in the qualifications.

The Water Industry Reference Committee (IRC) proposed the review and development of the Certificate IV in Water Industry Operations and Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment qualifications and associated Units of Competency and combining them into one qualification. The revised occupational standards will cover new technologies, operator certification changes in water operations and water treatment and contemporary industry practices.

This revision will provide appropriate water industry career pathways, enabling enterprises to create succession plans to develop appropriately skilled and compliant operators. It will also enhance the ability of water operators to transition between sectors and provide employers with flexible and appropriate education pathways to retrain workers. It will also enhance an enterprises, ability to manage the risk to both public health and the environment.

VIEW 2019 IRC SKILLS FORECAST

The Water IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed for this project.

Regular updates will be posted on this page throughout the life of the project.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Industry Manager Klausch Schmidt.

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Klausch Schmidt
Industry Manager
Email klausch.schmidt@australianindustrystandards.org.au

Project Deliverables

Revise the two water qualifications:

  • NWP40515 Certificate IV in Water Industry Operations (and 19 associated Units of Competency)
  • NWP40615 Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment (and 12 associated Units of Competency)
  • Develop four new Units of Competency for Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment

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