Draft Certification Framework for Operators within Wastewater or Recycled Water Treatment Systems - Consultation
The water industry is invited to provide feedback on a draft national Certification Framework for Operators within Wastewater or Recycled Water Treatment Systems.
The full draft Framework can be accessed here -
Draft Certification Framework for STP and RW Operators - Release Date 17-Mar-2017: - (1323KB)
A feedback form for resolution of outstanding items is available here -
Draft Certification Framework STP and RW Operator - Feedback Form - Release Date 17-Mar-2017: - (31KB)
Certification Framework for Operators of Drinking Water Systems
In June 2011, the National Water Commission appointed Government Skills Australia to create a "framework for the certification of operators in potable water treatment facilities.” The project was conducted over the subsequent nine months, and included an extensive consultation framework involving both a national steering committee and many key industry stakeholders. It has received strong industry support, especially in Queensland, where improving access to skills and appropriate recognition and career paths for experienced operators is seen as a crucial for managing drinking water quality into the future.
The project report and “proposed national certification framework for operators within drinking water treatment systems” was released by National Water Commission in December 2012. In the absence of an identified Australian Government “Owner” for the framework, the national Water Industry Skills Taskforce (WIST) has been given carriage of the framework, and is leading efforts to see national adoption of this important initiative.
A revised version of the Framework was published in 2016 and the Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) appointed by the WIST as Certifying Body.
Certification Framework Final - 2016 - Release Date 26-Apr-2016: - (709KB)
MoU Signed for Operators Within Drinking Water Treatment Systems Certification Pilot
The Department of Energy and Water Supply, qldwater and the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia have signed an MoU in relation to the Drinking Water Operator Certification project. The primary purpose of the memorandum is to ensure that operators who are “certified” under the 2012 Draft national framework are not required to be re-certified under a future mandatory scheme for 5 years from the date of initial certification. It commits the parties to work together to encourage adoption of this approach which has significant benefits to employers but importantly a defined continuous training and development pathway for staff. The MoU is available to members only on the link below.
MOU Signed for Operators Within Drinking Water Treatment Systems Certification Pilot - Release Date 04-Dec-2014: - The Department of Energy and Water Supply, qldwater and the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia have signed an MoU in relation to the Drinking Water Operator Certification project, available here. (1868KB)
Queensland Drinking Water Treatment Operator Certification Pilot
A Queensland pilot for implementation of the Framework was completed in mid-2014 and a Business Case and report was published shortly after.
For further information on the pilot contact Dave Cameron on firstname.lastname@example.org.
STP Operator Certification Framework - Final
The final Sewage/wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification Framework incorporating industry feedback was formally endorsed by the Water Skills Partnership Industry Leaders’ Group (ILG) on the 27th May. A copy of the final Framework is provided below.
Development of the Framework began in April 2014 when the ILG identified the investigation of options for a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) Operator certification framework as a priority activity.
The STP Operator certification framework seeks to set minimum standards for training, education and professional development for various industry roles with a view to improving consistency, portability of skills, access to professional development and career paths for these critical staff. It is also designed to assist employers to manage risks around their environmental duty with greater confidence.
The STP Operator Certification Framework was reviewed in December 2015, an updated version of the Framework is available below.
STP Operator Certification Framework Final V2 - Release Date 02-Jun-2015: - (649KB)