Certificate in Drinking Water Treatment Operations

  • NFQ Level 6
  • Credits 60*
  • Course Code SG_SDRIN_E06
  • Award Certificate
  • Duration 2 Yrs

Course Summary

This course will prepare participants with the knowledge, skills and competencies required for success in operation of water treatment plants. It will also provide formal certification to operatives in this area.

In Stage 1, the focus is on developing a greater understanding of the Water Industry in Ireland.

In Stage 2, the focus is on water sector specific specialist topics.

Programme/Course Structure

In collaboration with Irish Water and the Local Authority Services National Training Group, L6 Certificate in Drinking Water Treatment Operations (online and on a part time basis) tailored to address the increasing and demanding needs of water treatment plant operations.

Available to operatives in Local Authorities, Irish Water and Private Sector Water organisations. Approved Local Authority and Irish Water employees will have their fees fully funded to undertake these programmes.

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

In Stage 2 the focus is on water sector specific specialist topics in the drinking water area including source abstraction and quality, drinking water treatment, treatment plant maintenance and drinking water sludge treatment. Advanced drinking water treatment is also included in stage 2.

Attendance Requirements

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

Key Course Information

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Application Closing Date : 18th August 2023

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. RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions / credit from some parts of a programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work and career. Further information is available through www.myexperience.ie which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at admissions@itsligo.ie

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be qualified to work in Water 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.

Further Study

Students who wish to continue their studies following completion of this programme can complete a further 60 credits by way of (a) a 30 Credit Work Based Project Module and (b) 30 credits of modules not already undertaken from the Certificate in Waste Water Treatment Operations. On completion of these additional 60 Credits (120 Credits in total will then be held) students will be entitled to the award of a Higher Certificate in Water and Wastewater Treatment Operations and can apply to progress to our Level 7 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management. 


Please contact admissions.sligo@atu.ie for details on application process.

Programme Fees

Total Programme Fees                         €4,800                      
Per annum €2,400