Certificate III in Water Industry Operations

National Code: NWP30219
TAFE SA Code: TP01180


Industry Collaboration and Training Partnerships

TAFE SA is proud to support the SA water operations industry by providing high quality training that meets our customer’s needs.

Some examples of organisations we have worked with to provide quality training include:

SA Councils
Yorke Peninsula Council, Goyder, Peterborough, Barunga West, Clare and Gilbert Council, Copper Coast, Mt Remarkable, Northern Areas, Light Council, Orroroo Carrington Council, Adelaide Plains Council, District Council of Grant, Wattle Range Council, District Council of Kingston, Renmark Paringa, Murray Bridge, Coorong Council, Alexandrina, Mid Murray Council, Wakefield Regional Council, Copper Coast Council, Wudinna, Tumby Bay, Franklin Harbor, Port Augusta, Cummins, Ceduna, Elliston, Streaky Bay, Cleve, Kimba, Coober Pedy Council.

South Australian Water Utilities
SA Water, BHP Billiton, Allwater, Trility

SA Corporate Businesses
Australian Portable Camps

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24 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

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
$202 - $431
$807 - $1,725
$114 - $244
$456 - $975

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$1,068 - $2,281
$4,271 - $9,125

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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 covers skills and knowledge to obtain a broad range of skills in the water industry. It allows staff to apply operational and procedural practices under the appropriate level of supervision.

    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 (NWP30219)
    This is a qualification for those engaged in generalist water industry operations or specialisations in catchment and dams, civil construction, irrigation water supply, networks, treatment:

    • water and wastewater, wastewater treatment or water treatment.
      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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess, implement and report environmental procedures 40
    Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control processes 50


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply the risk management principles of the water industry standards, guidelines and legislation 10
    Butt weld polyethylene plastic pipelines 20
    Carry out manual excavation 8
    Conduct pipe layer operations 80
    Control electrical risk on metallic pipes 10
    Disinfect network assets 30
    Electrofusion weld polyethylene pipelines 20
    Enter and work in confined space 30
    Identify and respond to water quality problems 30
    Install Trench Support 16
    Install, maintain and repair hydrants 20
    Monitor and control vacuum sewer systems 50
    Monitor and operate fluoride addition processes 20
    Monitor and operate hypochlorite disinfection processes 30
    Monitor and operate liquefied chlorine gas disinfection processes 40
    Monitor and operate pump stations 30
    Monitor and operate ultraviolet processes 20
    Monitor and operate wastewater collection and transfer systems 40
    Monitor and operate wastewater treatment processes 50
    Monitor and operate water distribution systems 40
    Monitor, operate and control lagoon processes 30
    Operate and control activated carbon processes 20
    Operate and control activated sludge processes 50
    Operate and control chloramination processes 40
    Operate and control coagulation and flocculation processes 50
    Operate and control desalination processes 40
    Operate and control digestion processes 40
    Operate and control dissolved air flotation processes 30
    Operate and control granular media filters 50
    Operate and control ion exchange and softening processes 30
    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 sedimentation and clarification processes 50
    Operate and control solids handling processes 30
    Operate Small Plant and Equipment 20
    Perform laboratory testing 40
    Sample and test source or drinking water 40
    Sample and test wastewater 40
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