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Local water utilities

Technical training courses

Discover a wide range of training courses in water, wastewater, and liquid trade waste regulation offered by the department.

Training courses

The department provides training courses in water, wastewater, and liquid trade waste regulation for local water utilities (LWU) in regional NSW. Although the courses do not lead to a nationally recognised qualification, they still cover similar content to previous courses and are suitable for competency based training of operators in water and wastewater treatment plants, and liquid trade waste regulation officers.

Courses available

Wastewater Treatment Operations

Water Treatment Operations

Liquid Trade Waste Regulation

Course schedules

Learn about what courses are available in 2024, course dates, locations and costs.

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VET training in water operations

The NSW Government also supports fee free VET training in water operations delivered by registered training organisations (RTOs). This training includes full qualifications and part qualifications for specific skillsets.  Learn more about them here.

View fee-free courses

Contact us

For all training-related inquiries, contact us via email:

Email: water.lwutraining@dpie.nsw.gov.au

Further information

The department provides variety of training to local water utilities staff in NSW. The training courses are subject to the following conditions:

Expression of interest

Participants should express interest in attending a course by completing the form online or download a nomination form and submit it by email to water.lwutraining@dpie.nsw.gov.au.

Confirmation of placement

We’ll email confirmation of placement in the course.

  1. Fees are outlined on the course schedule.
  2. Purchase order numbers are to be provided on the registration form. If no purchase order number is provided, the nomination form will be deemed to be a purchase order.
  3. An invoice will be issued in accordance with the purchase order.

Payment of fees

  1. Changes and cancellations: No cancellation fee will apply if a cancellation request is received by email at least two weeks prior to commencement of the course. Changes to nomination must be submitted by email at least two weeks prior to commencement of the course. Acceptance of requested changes is subject to our discretion.
  2. Course Termination/Postponement: All courses are subject to minimum participant numbers. While we endeavour to run all courses as scheduled, we reserve the right to cancel or postpone any course. If such action is necessary, we’ll aim to provide reasonable notice and alternative arrangements for registered participants.

Course content

  1. Course timetable may vary.
  2. Candidates attending the Part 1 - Chemical Dosing Systems or the Part 1 - Basic Wastewater Treatment Operations courses require a minimum of four weeks full-time experience at a treatment works under supervision.
  3. Candidates attending the five-day Liquid Trade Waste Regulation course must have at least six months’ work experience in trade waste management.

Prerequisite knowledge

    All candidates require basic math skills. It can benefit candidates if they have done a basic math skills course before coming to the course.

Accommodation, meals and travel

Delivery of the course does not include any accommodation. Meals (unless specified) and travel to and from the course are the responsibility of the participant’s employer.