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NWP70107 - Graduate Certificate in Water Industry Leadership (Release 2)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 30/Apr/2012
(View details for release 1) Replaced10/Jan/2011

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Training packages that include this qualification


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 221 Graduate Certificate 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Wastewater Treatment,Water Monitoring and Treatment,Water Supply,Electrotechnology,Water Administration,Electricity Generation Maintenance 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Hydrometric Monitoring Coordinator,Instrumentation and Control Technician,Water Treatment Technologist,Senior Technical Officer (Water Industry),Water Operations Manager,Wastewater Treatment Manager,Water Planner,Water Quality Specialist 

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 221 Graduate Certificate 10/Jan/2011 
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The Vocational Graduate Certificate in Water Industry Leadership supports graduate entrants to the water industry who require industry-specific context to add to their broad academic education gained in, for example, engineering, applied science or chemistry. It also supports experienced existing workers seeking to extend their career opportunities.

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Employability Skills Summary

Qualification code:  NWP70107

Qualification title:  Vocational Graduate Certificate in Water Industry Leadership

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 development, implementation and maintenance of policy, processes and strategy within the water organisation
  • communicates effectively with staff, contractors and customers
  • interprets a range of complex and technical documents, including relevant:
  • regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements
  • codes and standards
  • discusses and advocates organisational issues
  • communicates compliance and reporting information to team members
  • takes a leadership role in ensuring workforce compliance with standards, regulations and policies
  • articulates complex ideas clearly
  • analyses and evaluates reports and reference materials


  • demonstrates leadership within work teams and business units
  • collaboratively and effectively develops, implements and oversees operational and strategic plans
  • works collaboratively with relevant stakeholders
  • plans, applies and monitors reporting processes
  • supervises and checks others work, monitors work processes and ensures safe work practices
  • coordinates a range of team members and activities
  • relates positively to fellow workers and the management team

Problem solving 

  • analyses and identifies trends related to the management of water resources
  • leads organisational planning processes
  • analyses and reviews the capacity of relevant technology and applies it to the solving of problems
  • responds effectively to hazards, risks and emergencies
  • 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 

  • develops strategies, policies and plans aimed at ensuring the sustainable use of water
  • conducts research to underpin the planning process
  • identifies work processes and practices to improve organisational performance
  • analyses the structure and challenges of the water industry
  • identifies complex faults and problems and takes necessary remedial action
  • identifies, pursues and promotes opportunities for improved water management

Planning and organising 

  • leads the effective development of high-level planning processes
  • plans and participates in the effective delivery of services
  • improves policies, plans and processes
  • plans for environmental sustainability
  • periodically reviews risk management or control plans and assesses them for their adequacy, timeliness and effectiveness in risk mitigation
  • undertakes evidence-based short, medium and long-range planning
  • plans processes

Self management 

  • manages own performance
  • manages work priorities
  • coordinates a range of tasks to ensure efficient completion
  • assesses project outcomes for compliance with required quality standards
  • negotiates required changes to project plans
  • develops risk management or control plans to eliminate or reduce the potential for risk events and consequences
  • uses feedback to improve own performance


  • seeks feedback on organisational and work performance
  • identifies quality management methods, techniques and tools used to support project management
  • performs complex research to maintain currency of knowledge and practice
  • analyses technical and financial information
  • uses information effectively to improve work performance
  • identifies potential or actual operational problems
  • researches and interprets social trends
  • learns from colleagues as part of effective teamwork


  • uses IT systems to manage and communicate the planning process
  • uses complex water system management technology
  • understands capabilities and limitations of organisation s plant, equipment and tools
  • uses technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness of managing work

The diverse nature of the roles undertaken by the candidates and the equally diverse nature of the experience they bring to the roles they are performing 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

To achieve this qualification the candidate must demonstrate competency in four of the units listed below.

Unit code 

Unit title 


Contribute to the development of a complex water organisation


Apply water industry legislation, codes and standards


Lead water planning processes


Lead a project development


Provide leadership in hydrometric network planning and water resource management


Review and evaluate water and wastewater sustainability objectives


Analyse and review water treatment plant technology

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