Certificate III in Water Industry Operations (Networks)

National Code: NWP30215
TAFE SA Code: TP01027


Learn the skills to perform various activities in the water industry, focusing on the maintenance of bulk water infrastructure and distribution systems. The networks specialisation covers the skills required to assist in network operations.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must be working in a related industry and will be required to provide evidence of this before an offer is made
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$711 - $1,070
$1,423 - $2,139
$505 - $759
$1,010 - $1,518

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$2,754 - $4,140
$5,508 - $8,280
    • You will be contacted by TAFE SA to verify employment status before an offer will be made. To access subsidised training you will also be required to undertake the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). Log in details will be sent to you once you apply.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Employment in maintaining source water or network infrastructure for water utilities or local government.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Water Industry Operations (Networks) (NWP30215)
    This course covers safety, risk management and environmental procedures. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 2 core units and 9 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply the risk management principles of the water industry standards, guidelines and legislation 10
    Assess, implement and report environmental procedures 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Butt weld polyethylene plastic pipelines 20
    Carry out basic levelling 16
    Control electrical risk on metallic pipes 10
    Coordinate and manage maintenance and repair of network assets 50
    Disinfect networks assets 30
    Electrofusion weld polyethylene pipelines 20
    Identify and respond to water problems 30
    Install metering equipment 40
    Install PVC plastic pressure pipelines 20
    Install trench support 16
    Install, maintain and repair hydrants 20
    Maintain and repair network assets for drinking water 50
    Maintain and repair network assets for wastewater 50
    Monitor and operate water distribution systems 40
    Operate small plant and equipment 20
    Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control 50
    Prepare and restore work site 30
    Sample and test drinking water 40
    Spread and compact materials manually 12
    Use locating devices 30
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