Commissioner's Information Bulletin 641

Water Industry - Traineeship

Utilities and Electrotechnology

Date of effect: 14 December 2015

Bulletin Information

In this Commissioner's Information Bulletin (CIB) the following Vocations and relevant traineeship pathways have been added. At the same time remaining Vocational Training Orders have been varied and national qualification codes and names have been updated to align with NWPv1.0 National Water Training Package.

  • Water Industry - Irrigation
  • Water Industry - Treatment

Superseded Bulletin

This Commissioner's Information Bulletin supersedes Bulletin 522.

On this page:

Vocational Training Orders (VTOs)

Qualifications, structure and packaging

Transition arrangements

Competency based completion

Industrial arrangements

School based traineeships

Inspecting Vocational Training Orders

Enquiries

For any enquiries regarding this Commissioner's Information Bulletin, please contact Apprenticeships and Traineeships on (02) 8267 7704. To find a job in an apprenticeship or traineeship search here.

David Collins
The Commissioner for Vocational Training


Job descriptions

Certificate II - trainees will attain general competencies or skills required to assist in a broad range of water industry operations or specialisation in networks, source, irrigation or treatment.

Certificate III - trainees will attain general competencies and skills required to operate, monitor and maintain water industry operations or specialisation in networks, source, irrigation or treatment.

Certificate III - trainees will attain general competencies in irrigation within the water industry operations. Trainees will be skilled to measure, regulate, plan and deliver water from channels, pipelines or streams for irrigation and/or stock and domestic purposes.

Certificate III - trainees will attain general competencies in water industry treatment or specialisation in drinking water or wastewater.

  • general - trainees will obtain skills to conduct treatment for drinking water, wastewater and recycled water.
  • drinking water - trainees will obtain skills to monitor, operate and control treatment processes within a drinking water plant.
  • wastewater - trainees will obtain skills to monitor, operate and control treatment processes within a wastewater treatment plant.

Certificate IV - trainees will attain general competencies in water industry operations or specialisation in networks, source, hydrography, irrigation or trade waste.

  • general qualification - trainees will attain a broad range of responsibilities and supervisory skills.
  • networks specialisation - trainees will attain skills required to operate, construct, and maintain water and wastewater networks
  • source specialisation - trainees will attain skills required to monitor and operate catchment, weirs, locks, dams, rivers, reservoirs, bulk water and groundwater management and implement operational and safety plans.
  • hydrography specialisation - trainees will attain skills required to measure, collect and analyse hydrometric information and review the accumulated data to develop water management plans for inland water systems including rivers, lakes, stormwater and sewage.
  • irrigation specialisation - trainees will attain skills required to coordinate and monitor the operation of irrigation systems.
  • trade waste specialisation - trainees will attain competencies in compliance, licencing and regulations of trade waste management.

Certificate IV - trainees will attain general competencies in water industry treatment or specialisation in drinking water or wastewater.

  • general qualification - trainees will attain skills for supervisory responsibility and require a broad range of skills within treatment operations.
  • drinking water and wastewater specialisation - trainees will attain skills required to assess and improve the processes within a drinking water treatment plant.

NOTE: No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to any of the above qualification at the time of publication of the NWPv1 National Water Training Package.


Water Industry - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 9 December 2011
Updated 14 December 2015

Qualifications

Terms of Traineeships

Full time:

  • NWP20115 Certificate II in Water Operations
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • NWP30215 Certificate III in Water Operations by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • NWP30215 Certificate III in Water Operations where the trainee holds NWP20115 Certificate II in Water Operations
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • NWP40515 Certificate IV in Water Operations by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • NWP40515 Certificate IV in Water Operations where the trainee holds NWP30215 Certificate III in Water Operations
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

NWP20115 Certificate II in Water Operations

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

See school based traineeships for elective units not to be undertaken by school based trainees.

Probationary period 2 months

Water Industry - Irrigation

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 December 2015
Qualifications

Terms of traineeship

Full time:

  • NWP30415 Certificate III in Water Industry Irrigation by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • NWP30415 Certificate III in Water Industry Irrigation where the trainee holds NWP20115 Certificate II in Water Operations
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 2 months

Water Industry - Treatment

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 December 2015
Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full time:

  • NWP30315 Certificate III In Water Industry Treatment by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • NWP30315 Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment where the trainee holds NWP20115 Certificate II in Water Operations
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • NWP40615 Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • NWP40615 Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment where the trainee holds NWP30315 Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:

See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period 2 months
Page last updated: 5 March 2019