Certificate I in Water Sustainability

The Certificate I in Environmental Sustainability provides pathways into the water industry for, in particular, young people who are seeking an opportunity to gain experience of the industry while developing a set of valuable employability skills.

To achieve this qualification the candidate must demonstrate competency in seven units of competency, comprising:

four core units

two industry project units

two pathways units specifically incorporating employability skills

three elective units.



All core units must be completed.

Industry project units

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Investigate sustainable water cycle management

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Design a basic water system model

Fundamental pathways units

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Demonstrate care and safe practices

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Sample and test water sources and quality


Three elective units must be completed.

At least two units must be completed from the electives shown below.

One unit may be drawn from this Training Package at Certificate II level or another endorsed Training Package or Accredited Course at Certificate I or II level.

Water Industry Operations

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Draw and use simple maps, plans and drawings

From Certificate I in Business Services Training Package

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Plan skills development

From Certificate II in Business Services Training Package

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Use business technology

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Produce simple word processed documents

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Create and use spreadsheets


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skills Qualification Summary

Qualification code: NWP10110

Qualification title: Certificate I in Water Sustainability

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 effectively and appropriately with others

reads and interprets workplace information accurately

uses literacy skills in regard to written and verbal communication in the workplace

uses basic interpersonal and communication skills (including listening and questioning, receiving feedback)

records and relays relevant information

understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols and language

interprets maps and simple plans

explains water systems

follows instructions

maintains and checks records and documents

reports and documents water-related research and projects

uses correct water industry terminology when communicating and reporting


works collaboratively and effectively with team members

applies work procedures accurately and in a timely manner

relates positively to fellow team members

applies procedures for maintaining a tidy and clean personal work area

works cooperatively and collaboratively with others to complete tasks

Problem solving

researches, assesses and explains a limited range of principles and functions of water systems

responds effectively to hazards, risks and emergencies

performs mathematical and scientific calculations

applies water testing processes

uses appropriate techniques to solve or report problems identified when completing work tasks

applies scientific principles to the design, construction and operation of a working model of a water system

Initiative and enterprise

identifies risks and hazards

takes opportunities to work with team members and supervisors to improve processes

takes appropriate initiative to deal with problems and complete tasks

Planning and organising

plans personal work

researches, explores, assesses and explains a limited range of principles and functions of water systems

investigates local water and wastewater systems

researches, assesses and reports on water systems and water quality, distribution and treatment

plans water sampling and testing

plans and designs a basic water system

Self management

adapts and modifies activities depending on differing workplace contexts and environments

plans skills development

identifies and responds to risks to personal wellbeing which may affect safe performance in the workplace

recognises limitations in skills and experience, asks for help and seeks clarification or information about work requirements and procedures


undertakes research on a limited range of water systems and management

seeks and applies feedback on personal performance

plans skills development

checks and confirms policies, procedures and legislative requirements

checks systems and equipment used in the workplace and the instructions, processes and precautions for their use


uses technical equipment for measuring, sampling, testing and making adjustments

uses computer equipment for recording data, researching on the internet, and using graphic simulations, plans and diagrams

uses work-related plant, equipment and tools

identifies and correctly uses equipment, tools and other technology required to complete project tasks, including scientific equipment, computers, and safety and field equipment

applies procedures for identifying and using suitable work-related technology when carrying out project calculations

The diverse nature of the candidates undertaking this qualification may include students undertaking VET in Schools programs or people involved in other forms of pre-employment or early employment programs. Therefore, 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.