Qualification details

NWP50107 - Diploma of Water Operations (Release 2)


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DeletedDeleted from NWP07 Water Training Package06/Dec/2015

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 30/Apr/2012
(View details for release 1) 10/Jan/2011

Units of competency

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PSPPROC506A - Plan to manage a contractPlan to manage a contractSupersededN/A
NWP530B - Implement and manage the operation and maintenance of irrigation delivery systemsImplement and manage the operation and maintenance of irrigation delivery systemsSupersededN/A
NWP548B - Develop and review wastewater treatment management planDevelop and review wastewater treatment management planDeletedN/A
NWP512B - Implement and manage catchment management planImplement and manage catchment management planSupersededN/A
BSBFIM501A - Manage budgets and financial plansManage budgets and financial plansSupersededN/A
NWP525B - Implement and manage asset construction and maintenanceImplement and manage asset construction and maintenanceDeletedN/A
NWP504A - Collect and manage hydrometric station survey dataCollect and manage hydrometric station survey dataSupersededN/A
NWP555 - Apply construction principles to civil engineering worksApply construction principles to civil engineering worksDeletedN/A
NWP509A - Collect, verify and report hydrometric time series dataCollect, verify and report hydrometric time series dataSupersededN/A
LGAWORK502A - Prepare detailed works project documentationPrepare detailed works project documentationDeletedN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 311412 Earth Science Technician 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3112-13 Earth Science Technical Officer 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0509 Environmental Studies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Water Administration,Electricity Generation Maintenance,Electrotechnology,Water Supply,Wastewater Treatment,Water Monitoring and Treatment 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Compliance Officer (Water Industry),Compliance Investigator (Water Industry),Hydrometric Monitoring Coordinator,Water Operations Manager,Instrumentation and Control Technician,Dams Safety Surveillance Officer,Water Quality Specialist,Senior Technical Officer (Water Industry),Wastewater Treatment Manager,Water Planner,Water Treatment Technologist 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 311412 Earth Science Technician 25/Sep/2008 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3112-13 Earth Science Technical Officer 25/Sep/2008 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0509 Environmental Studies 25/Sep/2008 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 10/Jan/2011 
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Modification History

NWP50107 Release 2: Layout adjusted. No changes to content.

NWP50107 Release 1: Primary release.


The Diploma of Water Operations supports candidates seeking competency and requiring increasingly specialised technical skills or those who require a broad range of skills.

To achieve this qualification the candidate must demonstrate competency in seven units, comprising two core and five elective units of competency.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Qualification code : NWP50107

Qualification title : Diploma of Water Operations

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the water industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include the following facets :


  • communicates the development, implementation and maintenance of:
  • OHS policies and procedures
  • environmental policies and procedures
  • a range of relevant water management policies and procedures
  • communicates effectively with a range of people, including staff, contractors and customers
  • interprets a range of complex and technical documents, including relevant:
  • regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements
  • codes and standards
  • develops and communicates a range of complex and technical documents, including relevant:
  • specifications
  • organisational policies and procedures
  • understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols and language
  • discusses organisational issues
  • conducts community consultation
  • reports and records hazards and risks
  • takes a leadership role in ensuring workforce compliance with standards, regulations and policies
  • maintains and checks records and documents
  • articulates complex ideas clearly
  • analyses and evaluates reports and reference materials


  • demonstrates leadership within work teams and business units
  • collaboratively and effectively develops and implements operational plans
  • works collaboratively with relevant stakeholders
  • defines and explains responsibilities and accountabilities
  • supervises and checks others' work, monitors work processes and ensures safe work practices
  • facilitates production of and produces workplace documentation that ensures effective workforce performance
  • coordinates a range of team members and activities
  • relates positively to fellow workers and the management team

Problem solving 

  • responds effectively to hazards, risks and emergencies
  • develops plans geared to minimising risks and hazards
  • collates, manipulates and interprets data
  • applies techniques for flood estimation to flood estimation guidelines
  • conducts consultations
  • oversees processes within the water industry to ensure the effective and continuous provision of water services
  • analyses problems and applies appropriate remedial solutions
  • uses and analyses complex data in decision making

Initiative and enterprise 

  • proactively manages and supervises effective customer service strategies and tactics
  • establishes best practice procedures for the implementation of management plans
  • identifies work processes and practices to improve organisational performance
  • recommends changes to plan objectives and operational procedures
  • defines and quantifies responsibilities and accountabilities
  • identifies complex faults and problems and takes necessary remedial action
  • considers information about known impacts, risk assessments and control procedures in preparing plans
  • modifies policies and plans to incorporate identified and required changes
  • identifies opportunities for improved water management

Planning and organising 

  • leads effective implementation of organisation's operational plans
  • plans and participates in effective delivery of services
  • plans processes
  • develops and checks contingency plans for new types of industries or processes
  • incorporates issues identified by reviews and audits into management plan
  • prepares and presents management policies and plans
  • reviews management policies against objectives, policies and plans
  • implements emergency action plans according to management plans
  • monitors activities to ensure compliance with approvals
  • prepares and plans for trade waste management
  • schedules and conducts on-site inspections
  • manages workplace contracts

Self management 

  • manages own performance to ensure required levels of service standards, work quality and professional competence
  • manages work priorities
  • identifies and recommends opportunities for performance improvements according to management plans
  • reviews objectives of the management and implementation plans
  • defines and quantifies responsibilities and accountabilities
  • uses feedback to improve own performance


  • seeks feedback on personal performance
  • uses information effectively to improve work performance
  • identifies and assesses legislative, organisational and environmental requirements that impact on work system
  • regularly reviews and assesses records to identify long-term trends and impacts
  • learns from colleagues as part of effective teamwork


  • uses IT systems to manage and communicate planning process
  • uses complex water system management technology
  • models simulated, hypothetical or estimated rainfall intensity data and catchment characteristics
  • understands capabilities and limitations of organisation's plant, equipment and tools
  • uses technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of managing work

The high proportion of electives required by this qualification means that the facets of the above employability skills are representative of the water industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements as identified in units of competency that meet packaging guidelines. This table is a summary of employability skills that are typical of this qualification and should not be interpreted as definitive.

Packaging Rules

7 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

  • 2 core units
  • 5 elective units

Choose a minimum of 3 elective units from the list below.

Choose the remaining 2 units from either the list below, or  elsewhere in this Training Package, or  another endorsed Training Package, or  Accredited Course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must be selected from qualifications aligned to AQF level 4, 5, or 6. However, only one  unit may be imported from another endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course at AQF level 4 or AQF level 6.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification. 

Specialisations are possible within this qualification. Details and examples of specialisation rules are included under the Industry Specialisation heading in the Qualification Framework section of this Training Package.



Participate in the coordination and maintenance of a systematic approach to managing OHS


Implement and monitor environmental management policies, plans, procedures and programs



Collect and mange hydrometric station survey data


Apply principles of hydraulics to pipe and channel flow


Collect, verify and report hydrometric time series data


Develop and maintain ratings


Manage large dam safety surveillance


Implement and manage catchment management plan


Develop and review catchment management plan


Implement and manage groundwater management plan


Develop and review groundwater management plan


Implement and manage surface water management plan


Develop and review surface water management plan


Prepare and report on data related to flood mitigation


Develop and report flood mitigation


Contribute to hydrometric planning and water resource management


Implement and manage asset construction and maintenance


Conduct commissioning and post-commissioning activities


Implement and manage trade waste policies and plans


Develop and modify trade waste management policies and plans


Implement and manage the operation and maintenance of irrigation delivery systems


Develop and review irrigation system management plan


Implement and manage potable water system management plan


Develop and review potable water system management plan


Implement and manage drainage system management plan


Develop and review drainage system management plan


Implement and manage wastewater collection management plan


Develop and review wastewater collection management plan


Implement and manage water treatment processes monitoring program


Develop and review water treatment processes management plan


Implement and manage wastewater treatment processes monitoring program


Develop and review wastewater treatment management plan


Evaluate, implement and monitor high-risk trade waste discharge approvals


Apply mathematical solutions to engineering problems


Apply scientific principles to engineering problems


Apply surveying computations to civil engineering projects


Apply construction principles to civil engineering works


Apply environmental solutions to engineering projects


Apply surveying for civil engineering projects


Use computer aided drafting systems


Apply principles of mechanics to engineering problems


Apply principles of strength of materials to engineering problems


Manage budgets and financial plans


Manage operational plan


Store and retrieve spatial data


Capture new spatial data


Collate and interpret spatial data


Prepare preliminary design for operational works


Prepare detailed works project documentation


Undertake project investigation


Plan to manage contracts