Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment (Wastewater)

National Code: NWP30315
TAFE SA Code: TP01030


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

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

you must have:

  • 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
$767 - $1,023
$1,535 - $2,046
$545 - $726
$1,089 - $1,452

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
$2,970 - $3,960
$5,940 - $7,920
    • 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 wastewater and recycled 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 (Wastewater) (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.

    * 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
    Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances 40
    Montior and operate pump stations 30
    Operate and control activated sludge processes 50
    Operate and control aerobic bioreactor processes 30
    Operate and control chloramination processes 40
    Operate and control DAF processes 30
    Operate and control digestion processes 40
    Operate and control hypochlorite disinfection processes 30
    Operate and control lagoon processes 30
    Operate and control liquefied chlorine gas disinfection 40
    Operate and control membrane filters 30
    Operate and control nutrient removal processes 40
    Operate and control odour removal processes 30
    Operate and control reclaimed water irrigation 40
    Operate and control solids handling processes 30
    Operate and control UV processes 20
    Operate and control wastewater processes 50
    Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control 50
    Perform laboratory testing 40
    Respond to blue-green algae outbreaks 20
    Sample and test wastewater 40
    Service and maintain pumps 40
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