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NWP30215 Certificate III in Water Industry Operations

NWP30215  Certificate III in Water Industry Operations

To achieve this qualification the candidate must demonstrate competency in 11 units of competency, comprising two core and nine elective units.

Core

Two units must be completed.

Electives

Nine elective units must be completed.
 

CORE  UNITS

NWPGEN001  Apply the risk management principles of the water industry standards, guidelines and legislation

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to identify and assess the risks associated with work activities. The unit supports field supervisors in identifying their responsibilities for the welfare and safety of their team, visitors, contractors and other staff.

NWPGEN004  Assess, implement and report environmental procedures

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to identify and minimise the environmental impact of water industry work activities, identify general environmental risks and to implement, monitor and coordinate environmental procedures. This unit supports the field workers and operational staff and staff with specific responsibility for demonstrating due diligence in conforming to environmental legislation and standards.

ELECTIVE UNITS

BSBWHS303  Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain a healthy and safe workplace through participation in the process of identifying work health and safety (WHS) hazards and assessing and controlling WHS risks, and the promotion and support of worker consultation.

It applies to individuals who assist with the identification of workplace hazards and the assessment and control of WHS risks as part of their WHS responsibilities, which are in addition to their main duties.

NOTE: The terms 'occupational health and safety' (OHS) and 'work health and safety' (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.

NWPGEN007  Sample and test drinking water

This unit describes the skills required to collect and prepare drinking water samples and to perform basic water quality tests. This unit does not include off-site laboratory testing.

This unit applies to those working in field operations in the water industry, but might be relevant to others.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.

Those undertaking this unit would work under supervision, while performing routine tasks in a range of familiar contexts.

 

NWPGEN008  Sample and test wastewater

This unit describes the skills required to collect andprepare wastewater samples and to perform basic wastewater tests. This unitdoes not include off-site laboratory testing.

 This unit applies to those working in field operationswithin the water industry, but might be relevant to others.

 The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.

Those undertaking this unit would work under supervision,while performing routine tasks in a range of familiar contexts. 

No licensing, legislative or certification requirementsapply to unit at the time of publication.

NWPGEN009  Perform complex testing

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to perform laboratory tests and/or procedures using standard methods and with access to readily available advice. This unit supports laboratory or field assistants with responsibility for testing samples from water and/or wastewater treatment processes.

NWPSOU001  Respond to blue-green algae outbreaks

This unit describes the skills required torespond to blue-green algae outbreaks. The ability to identify problems,conduct sampling, determine and apply technical adjustments and producetechnical reports is essential to performance.

 This unit applies to those working as fieldstaff members with specific responsibilities for responding to blue-green algae outbreaks. 

 The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.

 Those undertaking this unit would work undersupervision, while performing complex tasks, within a familiar context.

AHCLPW306   Undertake sampling and testing of water

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledgerequired to plan and carry out sampling and testing of water quality as part ofa monitoring program.

 This unit applies to individuals who work under broaddirection and use discretion and judgement in the selection and use ofavailable resources.

NWPNET001   Disinfect networks assets

This unit describes the skills required to disinfect network assets including where additional disinfection of the supply is required. This includes planning and preparing the work site and performing volumetric calculations.

This unit applies to those working as field and operational staff with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of chemical dosing equipment.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.

Those undertaking this unit would work independently under indirect supervision while performing routine tasks with a moderate level of complexity in a familiar context.

NWPNET012  Use locating devices

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to determine and mark the location and identity of gas, water, electrical, telecommunications and other underground utility services using a range of specialised instruments and asset plans. This unit supports field staff with a specific responsibility for identifying the presence and exact position of utility services prior to commencing work tasks involving excavation.

NWPNET013 Identify and respond to water problems

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to monitor, identify and resolve water quality problems in water distribution systems. The ability to identify and investigate operational problems, collect samples and analyse technical information, communicate effectively with stakeholders and to interpret and apply incident management porocedures are essential to performance. This unit supports field and operational staff with a specific responsibility for monitoring water quality and responding to issues affecting water quality in distribution systems.

NWPNET014   Perform odour and infiltration investigations

This unit describes the skills required toinvestigate and report on odour and infiltration problems in the wastewatercollection and transfer systems. The ability to investigate and resolvewastewater system problems, operate technical equipment and prepare technicalreports is essential to performance.

 This unit applies to those working as field andoperational staff with a specific responsibility for ensuring that odour andinfiltration problems in wastewater collection and/or transfer systems areidentified and remedied.

 The skills and knowledge described in this unitmust be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment inwhich they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must beconsulted and adhered to, particularly those related to WHS. 

 Those undertaking this unit would work underindirect supervision, while performing routine tasks in a familiar context,ensuring minimum damage to the environment. 

NWPNET015 Perform leak detection

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to plan leak detection activities and to locate, identify and report leaks in water distribution networks (pressure mains). This unit supports field staff with a specific responsibility for planning and implementing leak detection activities according to organisational and statutory requirements.

NWPNET016  Inspect sewer or storm water line

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to plan, prepare and conduct an inspection of gravity sewer or stormwater conduits, using specialised CCTV camera and transport systems, and reporting on observed defects and other features of the conduit in accordance with the industry code and job specifications. The ability to interpret technical information, identify and assess hazards, operate and maintain specialised technical equipment and produce computer generated reports on the condition and features of the conduit inspected are essential to performance. This unit supports operators with a specific responsibility for: inspecting and reporting on the condition of operational gravity sewers and stormwater conduits and new or rehabilitated sewers or stormwater conduits; and operating and maintaining specialised CCTV inspection equipment in compliance with organisational and statutory requirements. This unit may also be applied to the inspection of other types of conduit system.

NWPNET041  Monitor and operate water distribution systems

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to monitor and coordinate the operation of bulkwater or water distribution systems and to measure and report on the operation of the system. The ability to interpret technical documentation, identify and investigate operational problems and to collect and analyse technical information are essential to performance. This unit supports the field staff and operators with a specific responsibility for inspecting and measuring the performance of bulkwater or water distribution systems and for ensuring that flow, pressure and volume parameters are regulated according to organisational specifications and system demands

NWPNET042 Monitor and operate wastewater collection and transfer systems

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to monitor and coordinate the operation of wastewater collection and/or wastewater transfer systems and to measure and report on the operation of the system. The ability to interpret technical documentation, identify and investigate operational problems and to collect and analyse technical information are essential to performance. This unit supports the field staff and operators with a specific responsibility for inspecting and measuring the performance of wastewater collection and/or wastewater transfer systems and for ensuring that flows are regulated according to organisational specifications and system demands.

NWPIRR014  Install Meters for Rural Water Supplies

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required people responsible for the installation of meters within a rural environment where the meter installation is required to meet Australian Technical Standard ATS 4747

NWPIRR022 Maintain Meters for Rural Water Supplies

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to maintain water meters in open and closed conduit for non-potable water allocation in non-urban water systems. The unit supports people with the responsibillity to ensure the maintenance of the integrity of already istalled meters, metering systems and their components.

NWPSOU013  Monitor and coordinate catchment operations

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to inspect and monitor catchment areas, monitor flows and coordinate catchment processes. The ability to collect data and samples, monitor and adjust regulatory systems, identify and investigate catchment problems and produce technical reports are are essential to performance. This unit supports field staff with a specific responsibility for monitoring and coordinating catchment operations. The level of responsibility may vary according to the size and complexity of the catchment area.

NWPSOU022  Monitor and Control Dam Operations

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to monitor and control major dams operations including regulation of water through the dam. This unit supports field and operational staff with a specific responsibility for the operation of dams and other water storage assets without gated spillways

NWPSOU023  Monitor and implement dam maintenance

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to conduct inspections of dams and implement dam maintenance programs, including maintenance of dam safety mechanisms. The ability to interpret technical documentation, investigate and resolve maintenance problems and to collect and analyse technical information are essential to performance. This unit supports field and operational staff with a specific responsibility for the maintenance of (ungated) dams.

NWPSOU024 Inspect and report on concrete dam safety

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to plan, implement and report on concrete and masonry dam safety inspection. This requires the operator to conduct routine visual inspection, capture and report dam condition and faults in dams. Dam safety operators should be aware of the damage potential of the dam and be able to recognise and report deficiencies, or adverse trends that could lead to failure. This unit supports operators with responsibility for the inspection of concrete dams and reporting of faults or trends.

NWPSOU025  Inspect and report on embankment dam safety

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to plan, implement and report on embankment dam safety inspection. This requires the operator to conduct routine visual inspection, capture and report dam condition and faults in dams constructed primarily from earth and rock materials. Dam safety operators should be aware of the damage potential of the dam and be able to recognise and report deficiencies, or adverse trends that could lead to failure. This unit supports operators with responsibility for the inspection of embankment dams and reporting of faults or trends.

NWPSOU027   Route floods through storages

This unit of competency describes the skillsrequired to manage and conduct surveillance of catchment run-off through damsand other water storage assets with gated spillways for dam/storage operationsand flood routing.

 This unit applies to those working as field and operational staff with a specific responsibility for the operation of dams and other water storage assets with gated spillways.

 The skills and knowledge described in this unitmust be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment inwhich they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must beconsulted and adhered to, particularly those related to WHS and manufacturerguidelines.

 Those undertaking this unit would work underindirect supervision, while performing routine tasks in a familiar context,ensuring minimum damage to the environment. 

NWPSOU029 Conduct and report dam safety instrumentation monitoring

This unit of competency describes the outcomes required to plan, implement and report on the monitoring of basic instrumentation installed in dams to provide assurance of their ongoing safety. This unit of competency replaces NWP325B Conduct and report on dam safety inspection and basic monitoring.

NWPTRT001  Operate and control water treatment processes

This unit of competency describes the skills required to operate and control a water treatment plant, to report on water treatment plantsystem performance and process quality control. The ability to operate watertreatment processes in urban and/or rural areas, in compliance with relevantwater legislation and regulations and Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, isvital to performance.

 This unit applies to those working as operational staff in water treatment plants with responsibility for the practical and safe operation of plant, equipment and processes.

 The skills and knowledge described in this unit must beapplied within the legislative, statutory, regulatory and policy environment inwhich they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must beconsulted and adhered to.

 Those undertaking this unit would work under supervision, while performing routine tasks, within a familiar context.

NWPTRT061   Operate and control wastewater processes

This unit of competency describes the skills required tooperate and control a wastewater treatment plant and report on systemperformance and process quality control. The ability to operate wastewatertreatment processes to ensure that wastewater disposal or re use meets state orterritory licensing requirements is essential to performance.

 This unit applies to those working as operational staff inwastewater treatment plants with responsibility for the practical and safeoperation of plant, equipment and processes.

 The skills and knowledge described in this unit must beapplied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which theyare carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted andadhered to, particularly those relating to WHS.

 Those undertaking this unit would work under supervision,performing routine tasks within a familiar context.

BSBFLM312  Contribute to team effectiveness

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the effectiveness of the work team. It involves planning with the team to meet expected outcomes, developing team cohesion, participating in and facilitating the work team, and communicating with the management of the organisation.

 It applies to individuals who play a prominent part in motivating, mentoring, coaching and developing team cohesion through team leadership and forming the link between the management of the organisation and the team members. At this level, work will normally be carried out within knownroutines, methods and procedures, and may also involve complex or non-routine activities that require some discretion and judgement.

BSBWOR301  Organise personal work priorities and development

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to organise own work schedules, to monitor and obtain feedback on work performance and to maintain required levels of competence.

This unit applies to individuals who exercise discretion and judgement and apply a broad range of competencies in various work contexts.

NWPIRR024  Monitor and Conduct Maintenance on Flow Control and Metering Devices

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to monitor the operation of complex flow control, measuring and regulating devices controlling water supply in ground and/or surface water source systems. Or water supply and/or distribution systems, wastewater collection and transfer systems. The unit supports field staff with specific responsibilities for monitoring the operation of complex flow control, measuring and regulating devices, conducting minor maintenance and ensuring problems are anomolies are rectified by specialist technicians.

NWPIRR042  Monitor and schedule water deliveries

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to schedule water deliveries for irrigation and/or domestic and stock supply systems, including monitoring flows, analysing data, coordinating hydraulic processes and compiling operational reports. This unit supports staff and operators with a specific responsibility for ensuring that water deliveries meet varying customer requirements.

NWPSOU052  Inspect and operate groundwater regulation

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to perform inspection, regulation, operation, measurement and reporting of groundwater systems. This unit supports field and operational staff with a specific responsibility for inspecting and checking groundwater sources

NWPNET044 Test and commission water distribution systems

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required operators to plan and implement the testing and commissioning of water distribution systems. The ability to interpret technical information, identify and assess hazards and perform technical testing procedures are essential to performance. This unit supports field staff and operators with specific responsibility for commissioning water distribution systems, post-installation or repair, ensuring that the functioning of the system complies with relevant specifications and organisational requirements.

NWPIRR032 Monitor and control rural water distribution operations

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to monitor, control and coordinate rural water flow, scheduling and delivery; and to report on rural water distribution, including irrigation, domestic and stock supply systems. The ability to identify faults, gather data, interpret technical information and operate technical equipment are essential to performance. This unit supports field staff with a responsibility for monitoring and operating rural water distribution systems.

NWPTRT031   Operate and control sedimentation and clarification processes

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to monitor, operate and control sedimentation and clarification plant; and to measure and report on system performance and process quality control. The ability to identify faults, determine and apply technical adjustments, conduct chemical dosing procedures and produce technical reports are essential to performance. This unit supports staff with a specific responsibility for ensuring that sediment and clarification processes in water treatment plants conform to organisational standards and comply with statutory requirements.

NWPTRT041  Operate and control granular media filters

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to monitor, operate and control granular media filtration plant; and to measure and report on system performance and process quality control. The ability to identify faults, determine and apply technical adjustments, conduct chemical dosing procedures and produce technical reports are essential to performance. This unit supports perational staff with a specific responsibility for ensuring that granular media filtration processes in treatment plants conform to organisational standards and comply with statutory requirements.

NWPTRT091  Operate and control solids handling processes

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to monitor, operate and control water and/or wastewater dewatering and sludge thickening plant; and to measure and report on system performance and process quality control. The ability to identify faults, determine and apply technical adjustments, conduct chemical dosing procedures and produce technical reports are essential to performance. This unit supports operational staff with a specific responsibility for ensuring that water and/or wastewater dewatering and sludge thickening processes conform to organisational standards and comply with statutory requirements.

NWPTRT054  Operate and control chloramination processes

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to monitor, operate and control chloramination processes; and to measure and report on system performance and process quality control. The ability to identify faults, determine and apply technical adjustments and produce technical reports are essential to performance. This unit supports staff with a specific responsibility for ensuring that chloramination processes conform to organisational standards and comply with statutory requirements.

NWPTRT034  Operate and control activated carbon processes

This unit is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required for the monitoring, operational coordination and control, measurement and reporting of activated carbon adsorption system performance and process quality control. This unit supports operational staff with a specific responsibility for ensuring that activated carbon adsorption processes conform to organisational standards and comply with statutory requirements