Certificate III in Water Industry Operations (Networks)

National Code: NWP30222
TAFE SA Code: TP01416


This nationally-recognised qualification in Water Industry Operations (Networks) is designed for people already working in the field. You will learn how to operate and maintain water network systems. This specialisation covers the essential competencies and knowledge required to monitor, operate, and maintain network operations. Learn about water industry standards, excavation and pipe-laying, installations and repairs, pump stations, transfer systems, and water quality in this hands-on course. And it has the support of all the major water utilities and providers in the industry so you know it’s a qualification you can trust.

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24 months 

Part Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must be working in a relevant industry
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
Before an offer is made, you will be contacted by TAFE SA to confirm that you are currently employed in a relevant industry.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
$0 - $548
$0 - $2,193
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee
$0 - $2,107
$0 - $8,428

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 specialisation covers the skills and knowledge required to monitor, operate and maintain network operations.

    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) (NWP30222)
    The 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. 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.

    * 2023 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
    Control electrical risk on network pipes 10
    Disinfect network assets 30
    Identify and respond to water quality problems 30
    Install metering equipment 40
    Install, maintain and repair hydrants 20
    Join polyethylene plastic pipelines using butt welding 20
    Join polyethylene plastic pipelines using electrofusion welding 20
    Maintain and repair network assets for drinking water 50
    Maintain network assets using high pressure water systems 20
    Monitor and control vacuum sewer systems 50
    Monitor and operate hypochlorite disinfection processes 30
    Monitor and operate pump stations 30
    Monitor and operate water distribution systems 40
    Operate and control odour removal processes 30
    Sample and test source or drinking water 40
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