Skills Short Courses

There are a number of organisations that provide short courses relevant to the water industry. A list of some of the providers and a brief description of the courses they offer is provided below.

Water Industry Operators Association

As well as running annual operator conferences in Queensland, NSW and Victoria, WIOA provides seminars and courses on topics such as:

  • water quality and distribution systems management
  • media filter assessment and optimisation
  • activated carbon use in water treatment
  • chemical dosing, coagulation, flocculation, and clarification.

Australian Water Association

AWA holds an annual conference, OzWater for water industry professionals as well as state-specific conferences.  AWA also offers other short courses on sustainability, water industry essentials and climate change.

International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management (ICEWaRM)

Short courses offered by ICE Warm include; Australian Water Industry Essentials, Hydraulics and hydrology for non-engineers, policy and governance, river and floodplain monitoring, water in coal mines, coal seam gas and water, climate change adaptation.

Smart Water Research Centre

The Smart Water Research Centre offers a university-accredited week long course in activated sludge and biological nutrient reduction. The Centre also offers a course in communicating water science and technology.

Sustainable Resources Industry Training

SRIT offer a number of different courses Australia wide on groundwater, surface water and renewable energy.

Water by Design

Water by Design have a range of training courses and seminars that cover aspects of best practice water sensitive urban design. Courses include:

  • Introduction to water sensitive urban design
  • Fundamentals of bioretention design
  • Fundamentals of stormwater wetland design
  • Construction and establishment of vegetated stormwater systems


IWES provides courses on a variety of water related topics including:

  • Principles of water treatment
  • Trade waste and industrial wastewater treatment
  • Design of biological wastewater treatment plans
  • Biological nutrient removal
  • Membrane plant design and operation
  • Australian Drinking Water Guidelines
  • Drinking water treatment principles
  • And several more...

Streamline Learning

Streamline learning offer short courses linked to units in the National Water Training package currently focus on CCTV and conduit inspection.


IPWEAQ host a range of training courses focussed on local government needs, including powers and responsibilities for the water sector.