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Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment (Wastewater)

Enhance your career in the water industry with this intermediate-level course and become a wastewater treatment plant coordinator.

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STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
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Course overview

Advance your career in water industry treatment with this intermediate-level course. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to work as plant coordinator with a specialisation in wastewater. This growing industry is expected to have up to 10,000 job openings over the next five years.

This course will give you a broad range of skills and knowledge needed to undertake supervisory positions and responsibilities in the water treatment industry. You will develop the skills required to assess and improve anaerobic digestion systems, desalination, and optimise the chemical dosing process. 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 wastewater treatment plant coordinator. You will also gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance your career prospects bycompleting further studies in this field.

What can I do?

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Coordinator

Course outcome:

NWP40615 Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment (Wastewater)

Recognition of experience

Your years of industry experience count for something. With our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) we can help you fill in your gaps in knowledge to upgrade your qualifications faster.

Further study options

At TAFE Queensland we believe in providing quality pathways to further education opportunities. Give yourself the best chance to continue to grow with further study options that will open up more employment opportunities.

What you will study.

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 8 elective units from the list below.


  • NWPGEN002
    Ensure compliance with water industry standards, guidelines and legislation
    Unit description :
  • Ensure compliance with water industry standards, guidelines and legislation

  • NWPGEN005
    Coordinate and monitor the application of environmental plans and procedures
    Unit description :
  • Coordinate and monitor the application of environmental plans and procedures

Ways to study
Eagle Farm
up to 2 years
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $2,750
  • Subsidised: $3,460
  • Full fee: $6,790

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Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment (Wastewater) (NWP40615)

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Certificate IV in Water Industry Treatment (Wastewater)

Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information

Read this before applying.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Sound Achievement in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent is recommended.

Students must be employed in the water industry to be able to complete the mandatory on-the-job component for each unit.

Resources Required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Need to know

To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills subsidised price, you must:

  • be an existing worker in the Water Industry. Existing workers must provide a letter from their employer stating that they are an employee of the organisation or a current payslip that displays the ABN and Trading name.
  • be aged 15 years or over, and no longer at school
  • permanently reside in Queensland
  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen
  • not hold or be currently enrolled in a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification (does not include qualifications completed at school or foundation skills training).

Replacement Qualification
This program has been replaced by NWP40120 - Certificate IV in Water Industry Operations, as of 21 January 2021. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 31 December 2022. If required, enrolments will be transitioned into the replacement qualification.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


University Pathways.

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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