Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment (Drinking water)

National Code: NWP30315
TAFE SA Code: TP01029


Learn the skills and knowledge to develop pathways and opportunities in the water industry. You will develop the technical skills, obtain the underpinning knowledge and apply these skills to water treatment processes.

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Up to 24 months 

Part Time

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery or completion date of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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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 24 month course
$364 - $529
$1,457 - $2,115
$171 - $248
$682 - $990

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 may apply to Subsidised Training.

Full Fee
$1,414 - $2,053
$5,658 - $8,213

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • 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

    This general qualification reflects the skills required to conduct treatment for drinking water.

    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 Treatment (Drinking water) (NWP30315)
    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.

    * 2019 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 www.training.gov.au.

    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
    Montior and operate pump stations 30
    Operate and control chloramination processes 40
    Operate and control coagulation and flocculation processes 50
    Operate and control DAF processes 30
    Operate and control desalination processes 40
    Operate and control fluoride addition process 20
    Operate and control granular media filters 50
    Operate and control hypochlorite disinfection processes 30
    Operate and control liquefied chlorine gas disinfection 40
    Operate and control membrane filters 30
    Operate and control sedimentation and clarification processes 40
    Operate and control solids handling processes 30
    Operate and control UV processes 20
    Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control 50
    Perform laboratory testing 40
    Sample and test drinking water 40
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