National Framework information and Queensland key activities
September 2019 (current)
The Water Industry Operator Certification Taskforce (WIOCT) has approved minor updates to the Water Industry Operator Certification Framework: Drinking Water, Wastewater, Recycled Water 2018.
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) along with the Victorian Water Industry Association (VicWater) recently confirmed its adoption of the national Water Industry Operator Certification Framework for Drinking Water, Wastewater, Recycled Water 2018. In making the announcement, DHHS and VicWater highlighted the benefits of the national framework in providing uniform professional recognition for water treatment operators and the alignment of competency and capability requirements with the tasks performed by operators.
Certification has grown steadily since its inception. In June 2019, there were 66 operators certified for drinking water, and 13 for wastewater/ recycled water, nationally, with at least similar numbers of operators known to be actively enrolled in gap training activities that will assist towards achieving certification. At the same time, there were 67 certified operators under the Victorian scheme.
If you are interested as an individual or organisation in participating in the scheme, contact WIOA ([email protected]). Any questions about the WIOCT or the Certification Framework should be directed to Dave Cameron ([email protected]).
The Water Industry Operator Certification Framework: Drinking Water, Wastewater, Recycled Water 2018 published, with updates to a number of other supporting documents. The combined Certification Framework supersedes both the Certification Framework for Operators within Drinking Water Systems 2017 and the Certification Framework for Operators within Wastewater and Recycled Water Treatment Systems 2017.
Documents and Links:
WIOCT Combined Certification Framework Publication - Release Date 13-Dec-2018: - Water Industry Operator Certification - Combined certification framework, October 2018 (935KB)
WIOCT Terms of Reference - Release Date 13-Dec-2018: - Water Industry Operator Certification Terms of Reference, December 2018 (54KB)
WIOCT Appeals Policy 2019 - Release Date 13-Dec-2018: - Water Industry Operator Certification Appeals Policy 2019 (782KB)
WIOCT Appeals Procedure 2019 - Release Date 13-Dec-2018: - Water Industry Operator Certification Appeals Procedure, July 2019 (826KB)
Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (Certifying Body) Operator Certification site.
The Water Industry Skills Taskforce was disbanded, with a new group, the Water Industry Operator Certification Taskforce (WIOCT) formed to focus exclusively on the Water Industry Operator Certification Framework. Framework ownership is not the WIOCT’s long-term goal, and the WIOCT itself is not a legal entity.
Queensland Operators (drinking water and wastewater/ recycled water) presentation ceremony.
Certification Framework for Operators within Wastewater and Recycled Water Treatment Systems 2017 (national) published, superseding Queensland STP Framework.
Certification Framework for Operators within Drinking Water Treatment Systems 2017 (national) published, superseding 2016 version.
The first operators Certified under the Queensland Sewage Treatment Plant Operator Certification Framework.
Regulatory options paper (WIST) for Certification of Operators within Drinking Water Systems released.
Certification for Operators of Drinking Water Systems: WIST Options Paper - Release Date 29-Aug-2017: - A position paper prepared by the WIST as a means of encouraging and promoting a positive dialogue among the urban water industry, regulators and other stakeholders around next steps to progress certification for Operators of Drinking Water Systems. (828KB)
Certification Framework for Operators within Drinking Water Treatment Systems 2016 published (first major review of draft Framework 2012 incorporating feedback from certification pilots).
WIOA appointed national Certifying Body.
Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply releases Guideline relating to drinking water operator certification.
Competencies-for-Operators - Release Date 21-Jul-2015: - DEWS guidance on competencies for operators within drinking water treatment systems. (139KB)
First drinking water treatment operators in Queensland Certified (first against national certification framework).
Release of first STP Operator Framework (Queensland).
qldwater appointed as Water Industry Skills Taskforce Secretariat.
Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply, qldwater and WIOA sign MOU.
Meeting to initiate Queensland operator certification pilot.
Release of the first “Proposed National Framework for Operators within drinking water treatment systems” by the National Water Commission.
Inception of program 2011
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 received strong industry support, especially in Queensland, where improving access to skills and appropriate recognition and career paths for experienced operators was seen as crucial for managing drinking water quality into the future.