NWP30315 Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment (Drinking Water)

Break ground on a career in water industry treatment with this entry-level course. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to work as plant operator with a specialisation in drinking water. This growing industry is expected to have up to 10,000 job openings over the next five years.

This course will give you the practical skills and knowledge needed to monitor, operate, and control treatment processes within a drinking water plant. You will also develop a range of transferable knowledge and skills in workplace health and safety, risk management, and customer service. Our experienced staff will give you the one-on-one help you need to succeed.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a drinking water or wastewater treatment plant operator. You will also gain the basic knowledge and skills needed to advance your career by completing further study in this field.

Study mode

On Campus

Course duration

24 months


776 Kingsford Smith Drive, Eagle Farm Queensland 4009


This course can help you get a job as:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Surface Water Operator$1,050 weekly pay
Water Plant Operator Assistant$960 weekly pay
Wastewater Plant Operator Assistant$960 weekly pay
Water Treatment Technician$960 weekly pay

This course can help you progress to:

Job TitleAvg Salary
Water Plant Operator$1,250 weekly pay
Wastewater Plant Operator$1,250 weekly pay
Hydrographer$1,400 weekly pay

Government funding

The Australian government provides funding to help students who are completing the NWP30315 Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment (Drinking Water). The type of funding you receive depends on the state that you live in.

There are eligibility requirements for each type of funding.

Enquire with TAFE Queensland to check your eligibility.

Benefits of nationally recognised training

The NWP30315 Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment (Drinking Water) is a nationally recognised course delivered by TAFE Queensland, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). An RTO is strictly regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). This guarantees you will be studying a quality-assured and nationally recognised qualification.

Payment options

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About this provider

TAFE Queensland is Queensland's largest, most experienced training provider. TAFE Queensland deliver practical, industry-relevant training across a range of industries from entry-level certificates to bachelor degrees, at more than 50 locations in Queensland.

Operating since 1998
Legal name TAFE Queensland
RTO code 0275