Vocational Graduate Certificate in Water Industry Leadership

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.


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

Unit code

Unit title

add topic NWP701A

Contribute to the development of a complex water organisation

add topic NWP702A

Apply water industry legislation, codes and standards

add topic NWP703A

Lead water planning processes

add topic NWP704A

Lead a project development

add topic NWP705A

Provide leadership in hydrometric network planning and water resource management

add topic NWP706A

Review and evaluate water and wastewater sustainability objectives

add topic NWP707A

Analyse and review water treatment plant technology


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

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.