NWP Water Network Maintenance

Project scope

 

The purpose of the project is to create four new units to address specific skills for maintaining and cleaning water networks, and for non-destructive investigation of water assets.

 

Water asset management has been significantly transformed in recent years. In the past, damaged or soiled pipes had to be excavated by a professional to locate and repair or maintain the network. Optical cameras and other leak detection technologies are now regularly used in the water industry to monitor the condition of assets in both water reticulation pipelines and wastewater sewers and in above ground and underground situations. The technologies allow the identification of current or potential issues within either network. This could be blockages, damage or cracks in pipes causing leaks, or intrusion of tree roots which could potentially cause pipe blockages. Reviewing the data allows these issues to be identified and appropriate plans made for repairs.

 

VIEW CASE FOR CHANGE

 

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 to provide subject matter expertise for the development of Training Package materials.

 

If you have any questions about this project, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Skills Specialist.

 

Timeline

 

The Case for Endorsement and draft materials are due to be submitted by 31 August 2022.

 

Deliverables

 

The following products will be submitted to the AISC for consideration:

  • 4 new Units of Competency
  • Case for Endorsement
  • Updated Companion Volume Implementation Guide

TAC Established

 

19 OCTOBER 2021

 

The NWP Water Industry Reference Committee has established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project.  

 

Comprising seven subject matter experts from Industry, RTOs, regulators and Union, the TAC has been tasked with: 

  • Providing specialist industry subject-matter knowledge regarding Water Network Maintenance to develop Units of Competency 
  • Validating the technical content of the Training Package products 
  • Identifying relevant qualitative and quantitative data sources to inform the development of draft materials 
  • Reviewing feedback from stakeholders through public consultations 
  • Assisting in identifying and engaging broader industry networks to participate in consultation and/or validation activities during the duration of the project 
  • Offering advice and guidance to assist in informing the direction of the project throughout its duration 
  • Making recommendations on the developed Training Package materials to the relevant IRC, which has the final decision-making authority. 

 

The first meeting of the TAC is scheduled for Mid-November 2021 

Technical advisory committee

 

1 SEPTEMBER 2021

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED

 

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

 

Your industry expertise and insight are welcome to help review and develop Training Package materials to develop four new units to address specific skills for maintaining and cleaning water networks, and for non-destructive investigation of water assets.

 

Registrations closed Wednesday, 15 September 2021.

 

Consultation

21 JANUARY 2022

DRAFT MATERIAL

 

On behalf of the Water Industry Reference Committee, the TAC has drafted materials for this project and is requesting stakeholder feedback.

 

The draft materials include three new Units of Competency and one updated unit. At the request of the IRC the NWPNET020 Control electrical risk on metallic pipes unit has been updated to address current industry terminology.

 

These units will enable operators to develop the skills and knowledge to clean and maintain water assets, including use of new technologies to monitor and repair assets.

 

Feedback closed Tuesday, 22 February 2022.

 

Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.

Quality Assurance

14 July 2022

FINAL DRAFT CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT

 

The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance. The materials address priority skill needs of the Water industry.

 

Flood Site Operations – the draft materials include a new Unit of Competency and Skill Set and address specific skills for undertaking flood management and the operation and maintenance of flood warning sites. The new unit will be an elective in the Certificate III of Water Industry Operations.

 

Water Network Maintenance – draft materials include three new Units of Competency and one updated unit. The new units address the skills and knowledge required to clean and maintain water assets, including use of new technologies to monitor and repair assets. Minor revisions have been made to three other water units to incorporate current industry terminology and remove ambiguity. These units will be included in the Certificate II or Certificate III in Water Industry Operations.

 

To view the final drafts, please click below.

Case for Endorsement

Companion Volume Implementation Guide

Mapping Attachments document

Qualifications

Skill Sets

Units of Competency

 

The Case for Endorsement is due to be submitted to the AISC by 31 August.

 

Validation

9 MARCH 2022

FINAL DRAFT MATERIALS

 

On behalf of the Water Industry Reference Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee has considered all stakeholder feedback and is now seeking validation of revised draft materials including three new Units of Competency and one updated unit.

 

The new units address the skills and knowledge required to clean and maintain water assets, including use of new technologies to monitor and repair assets.

 

Minor revisions have been made to the NWPNET020 Control electrical risk on metallic pipes unit to incorporate current industry terminology.

 

These units will be included as general electives in the Certificate II or Certificate III in Water Industry Operations.

 

Feedback closed Thursday, 24 March 2022.

 

Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.

Submission

15 AUGUST 2022

CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT SUBMITTED TO AISC

 

The Water Industry Reference Committee has submitted the Case for Endorsement and draft Training Package materials for NWP Water Training Package (Release 5.0) to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for consideration at its meeting in October 2022.

 

Three new Units of Competency and one updated existing unit address the skills and knowledge required to clean and maintain water assets, including use of new technologies to monitor and repair assets. Minor revisions have been made to three other units to incorporate current industry terminology and remove ambiguity. These units will be included in the Certificate II or Certificate III in Water Industry Operations.

 

VIEW CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT

 

If approved, this Case for Endorsement will result in:

Two (2) revised Qualifications:

  • NWP20122 Certificate II in Water Industry Operations
  • NWP30222 Certificate III in Water Industry Operations

Four (4) new Units of Competency:

  • NWPGEN034 Operate and maintain flood warning sites
  • NWPNET060 Clean networks using air scouring, chemical or swabbing techniques
  • NWPNET062 Maintain network assets using high pressure water systems
  • NWPNET063 Use digital imaging equipment in the field

One (1) revised Units of Competency

  • NWPNET061 Maintain and repair network assets for drinking water

Three (3) SSO upgraded Units of Competency:

  • NWPNET049 Construct and install water distribution assets
  • NWPNET064 Control electrical risk on network pipes
  • NWPNET065 Perform odour and infiltration investigations

One (1) new Skill Set:

  • NWPSS00015 Flood Warning Site Operators Skill Set

 

Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.

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Tricia Fidock

Industry Skills Specialist - Water and Transport & Logistics

 

 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0409 872 933