To achieve this qualification the candidate must demonstrate competency in 11 units of competency, comprising three core and eight elective units. This qualification provides training for operators in the water industry. Possible specialisations are: water treatment; wastewater treatment; water supply distribution (network); trade waste; catchment operations; irrigation; dams safety; dams operations and source protection; river groundwater diversions and licensing and; construction and maintenance (hydronic monitoring). Related occupations: Catchment Ranger; Dams Officer; Drainlayer; Environmental Advisor (Water); Groundwater Extraction Operator; Hydrometric Monitoring Assistant; Hydrometric Monitoring Officer; Maintenance Operator (Water Industry); Reservoir Operator; Save Water Officer; Senior Water Treatment Plant Operator; Trade Waste Inspector; Wastewater Collection System Operator; Water Distribution System Operator; Water Sampler; Water Services Officer. Rick is a Maintenance Operator (Water Industry) with the ability to perform routine maintenance and emergency repair work on equipment and infrastructure used in water storage, conveyance or treatment. He is able to install and repair mechanical equipment, and report on condition and performance of water supply infrastructure. His skills set and knowledge can be seen below.

BSBOHS303B Contribute to OHS hazard identification and risk assessment

Rick has the ability to gather information about workplace hazards, contribute to occupational health and safety (OHS) hazard identification and risk assessment to promote the maintenance of OHS in the workplace. This includes determining relevant legislation and contributing to any actions to ensure compliance with OHS legislation, codes and standards

NWP301B Implement, monitor and coordinate environmental procedures

Rick has the ability to identify and minimise the environmental impact of water industry work activities, identify general environmental risks and to implement, monitor and coordinate environmental procedures. He is able to assess the environmental requirements of a specific project or site; implement environmental procedures; report and review the application of environmental procedures

BSBWOR301B Organise personal work priorities and development

Rick has the ability to organise own work schedules, to monitor and obtain feedback on work performance, and to maintain required levels of competence. Often times he exercises discretion and judgement using appropriate theoretical knowledge of work scheduling and performance improvement to provide technical advice and support to a team. Rick is able to coordinate personal skill development and learning

BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Rick has the ability to effectively measure current resource use and carry out improvements, including reducing the negative environmental impact of work practices. He can identify current resource use, comply with environmental regulations and seek opportunities to improve resource efficiency

NWP207A Work effectively in the water industry

Rick has the ability to work effectively in the water industry. He has an understanding of the role of water organisations in the community, services they provide, water systems used, the importance of maintaining water quality, and structure of the organisation. Rick is able to assess the importance of water services to the community; assess the factors affecting water quality; apply knowledge and understanding of the organisation's systems and structure to work

NWP209B Use maps, plans, drawings and specifications

Rick is able to read and interpret maps, plans, drawings and specifications. He has the ability to use maps and site plans to support work activities as well as read and interpret specifications

NWP300B Provide and promote customer service

Rick has the ability to apply organisational customer service standards, and respond effectively to the needs of internal and external customers by the application of the organisation's standards and processes. He also has the ability to solve problems, communicate effectively and seek opportunities to improve service to customers and understands that this is essential to performance

NWP315B Investigate and report on breaches of water industry legislation

Rick has the ability to investigate breaches of legislation relevant to the water industry, including conducting interviews and preparing reports for use in court proceedings. Rick can notify breaches to relevant parties and prepare reports and records

NWP364B Perform laboratory testing

Rick is able to perform laboratory tests and/or procedures using standard methods and with access to readily available advice. He has the ability to label, register and store samples for testing; prepare samples; check equipment before use; perform tests on samples; maintain a safe work environment

NWP365A Identify and confirm blue green algae outbreaks

Rick is able to perform laboratory tests and/or procedures using standard methods and with access to readily available advice. He has the ability to label, register and store samples for testing; prepare samples; check equipment before use; perform tests on samples; maintain a safe work environment

NWP370 Perform water industry calculations

Rick has the ability to perform calculations for water industry related operations. He is able to identify and Interpret formulae for process calculations; interpret and present graphical representations of mathematical information; and perform calculations