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Higher Certificate in Science in Water and Waste Water Operations (Online) 


In collaboration with Uisce Éireann and the Local Authority Services National Training Group, this Level 6 part-time online and flexible Higher Certificate in Water & Wastewater Treatment Operations is tailored to address the increasing and demanding needs of Drinking Water and Wastewater treatment plant operations.

Who should attend? 

The programme is available to operatives in Private Sector Water organisations.

Overview of Programme Content

Semester 1

ICT / Transferable Skills / Water and Waterwaste Science Module / Health and Safety for Treatment Plant Operators

Semester 2

Energy Management / Law and Compliance / Networks Flow Measurement and Control

Semester 3 Modules

Water Sources Abstraction and Quality / Drinking Water Treatment

Semester 4

Drinking Water Sludge Treatment / Drinking Water Treatment Maintenance / Advanced Drinking Water Treatment

Full semesters modules HERE

Programme Delivery:

Stage 1 focuses on developing a greater understanding of computer applications, health and safety, flow measurement and controls, as well as law and compliance.

Stage 2, the focus is on specific specialist topics in the drinking water or wastewater area.

Stage 3, will focus on further water or wastewater modules and learners will also undertake a Work Based Project. The objective of this 30 credit ‘Work Based Project’ is to enable students who are work-based to acquire project management skills by undertaking a company-based project in a chosen area within their organisation. Through completion of a specific workplace project the student will develop a range of technical and transferable skills (such as project management, teamwork, oral and written communication and presentation skills), which have wide application in many working environments, and are important attributes of a technical professional.

Attendance Requirements

Two one day workshops will take place each semester in ATU Sligo. Attendance at the workshops will be compulsory.

Entry Requirements

A Level 5 qualification (e.g. leaving certificate) or equivalent is required for entry to this programme. Applicants with other qualifications and with relevant work experience may also be considered through ATU Sligo’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process. You can find further information on the entry requirements  HERE

Learner Outcome:

Graduates will be qualified to work in Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants as operators to the expected industry standard. This qualification may become the standard that the major operators in the Water Industry in Ireland will come to expect from their operators. 

The treatment of Wastewater occurs in a variety of sectors. Treatment plants not only exist for the processing of public drinking water and wastewater but are located in industries such as Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture and Food processing forming an integral part of their manufacturing systems which is some cases are licenced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

On completion of this Higher Certificate in Water and Wastewater Treatment Operation (120 Credits) students can apply to progress to Level 7 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management with onward progression to Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Environmental Management

Did you know?

Many people believe that the water industry is limited to the production of the water flowing from their tap and human waste from residential and commercial sources. It is much more. Many industries in the Pharmaceutical, Agri-food and Tech Industries produce wastewater which needs to be treated and processed in a safe, environmentally friendly and efficient manner. Management of our water resources is vital in our ever-changing world.

Full Price Annual Fees Year 1 and Year 2 €2,400 

Full Price Annual Fees Year 3 €3,900

 30% funding available to Irish Private companies and Sole Traders*

Get in touch with Industry 4.0 Skillnet to find out more about funding eligibility and availability.

Ylenia Morselli – [email protected] – +353 (0)85 8675275

Paul Quinn – [email protected]  

*College funding is subject to availability on the date of request.
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