Certificate in Science in Water and Wastewater Operations

  • NFQ Level 6
  • Credits 30*
  • Course Code SG_SWATE_E06
  • Award Certificate
  • Duration 1 Year

Course Summary

The course entails 30 credits consisting of 3 modules in the first semester and 3 modules in the second semester.

The modules are as follows:

Semester 1

  • ICT & Transferable Skills
  • Water and Wastewater Science 
  • Health and Safety for Treatment Plant Operators 

Semester 2

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




Key Course Information

Application Closing Date : 16th September 2022

Entry Requirements

Level 5 or equivalent

Career Opportunities

On completion of this one year programme, students can progress to year 2 of the Level 6 Certificate in Water Treatment Operations or year 2 of the Level 6 Certificate in Waste Water Treatment Operations. On completion of either of these 2 programmes, graduates will be qualified to work in Water or 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 Waste Water occurs in a variety of sectors. Treatment plants not only exist for the processing of public waste water but are located in industries such as Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture and Food processing forming an integral part of their manufacturing systems.  

Further Study

Students who wish to continue their studies following completion of this Certificate in Water & Wastewater Operations can apply to complete either our Certificate in Drinking Water Treatment Operations or our Certificate in Wastewater Treatment operations. As you will have already completed 30 Credits through this current programme, you are required only to complete a further 30 credits to complete either of these 2 Certificates.  

Further details can be found on these 2 programme pages: 

Certificate in Drinking Water Treatment Operations - Institute of Technology Sligo (itsligo.ie) 

Certificate in Waste Water Treatment Operations - Institute of Technology Sligo (itsligo.ie) 

Please contact admission@itsligo.ie for details on application process.    

Did you know?

This course is the first year of the Level 6 Certificate in Drinking Water Operations & the Level 6 in Wastewater Treatment Operations, both of which have been developed in conjunction with Irish Water and Local Authorities to ensure consistency of education for operators of Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants

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