The national Drinking Water Operator Certification Framework originally adopted name “Certification” as it most accurately reflected the needs of the water industry at the time.

Over time, there has been confusion over the term as it relates to Certificates awarded as a qualification on completion of Vocational Education and Training.

Individuals hold a qualification, for example a Certificate II or III, but that does not mean they are “Certified”.

To remove this confusion the Drinking Water Operator Certification Framework and the WIOA Water Operators Scheme will change from certification to registration.

Certified Operators will be automatically recognized as “Registered Professional Operators”.

The administration system Acuario provides an easy-to-use interface for the administration of the scheme. Demonstrations of Acuario can be made on request.

If you are interested in becoming a Registered Professional Operator, contact WIOA.

P 03 5821 6744 | E  info@wioa.org.au | W https://wioa.org.au/registration/

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George Wall from Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) continued in the role as chair of the Water Industry Reference Committee on for the Australian Industry Standards.

The Water Industry Reference Committee has been assigned responsibility for the NWP National Water Training Package which provides the only nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in water industry operations (generalist, treatment, networks, source, irrigation, hydrographic survey, trade waste), treatment (drinking water, wastewater) and irrigation.

WIOA completed the development of an Information and Communication Technology (ICT), web based solution, to assist in the administration and overall management of the national certification scheme.

The final solution was tested with the assistance of some water utilities in early 2020.