Education and Training

We continue to expand our Education and Training courses, building on our original Activated Sludge Course which has been running for over 10 years, and is University accredited.


A course in Communicating Water Science and Technology – 2016 dates TBA:water_cycle_500x399 The course is designed to inform educators, communicators and community consultants about water science including how to present it to lay people in a way that captures their attention and is easily understood. It will help those with a responsibility to interact with and guide the community, at all levels, towards sustainable urban water management. It will help you to provide information simple enough to understand, yet technical enough to trust.

Communicating Water Science and Technology Resources:
Urban Water Reuse Cycle:
Waste-d-water to Pure Water by Jenifer Simpson 
In this highly readable guide we discover what we put into water, how we take it out again and how we can be sure that it has been taken out. It is fully illustrated with diagrams, cartoons and photos. It is unique in that it starts by explaining the pollutants that may be in the water – organic and inorganic chemicals and microorganisms – and goes on to describe the sophisticated and efficient technologies available to remove them so that we understand and learn to trust them. It then tells us how we can be sure that they have been taken out. The booklet introduces the star rating system for water quality that describes the quality of water as it becomes progressively cleaner – the more stars, the more opportunities to use the precious resource. The technical content is easy to follow. It provides accurate knowledge so that we can have a realistic perspective when considering how our water should be managed. From-waste-d-water-to-pure-water_condensed

“The booklet is the perfect primer for anyone beginning to take a look at recycled or reclaimed water, how it is made, its quality, and types of uses. It also brings a clear perspective to the risks associated with recycled water use.” (Mark Milan Foreword to US edition)

A course in Wastewater Treatment Pond Design – June 2016 research
Many sewage treatment plants in Australia use pond technology as part of the overall wastewater treatment process. However due to the complex nature of the processes which occur in these ponds, the treatment outcomes can be quite variable.  Therefore, it is vital to ensure that the correct design is utilised to maximise pond efficiency.  The level of training and understanding for the effective design and operation of these systems within the industry is currently limited.  A specialist training course has therefore been developed for managers, operators and designers of pond systems. This course is aimed at people working in the wastewater industry as operators, engineers, scientists or managers, who wish to have a working knowledge of process optimisation of wastewater treatment ponds. The course is unique in that it provides fundamental knowledge and modelling of the interaction between hydrodynamic, microbiological and engineering design and operational aspects of the pond system.  

Activated Sludge and Biological Nutrient Reduction – 2016 Dates tba sludge_pond_200x164
This University accredited course is designed to provide wastewater industry operators, engineers, scientists, mangers and
students with working knowledge of troubleshooting techniques and process optimisation of activated sludge and biological nutrient removal systems. It provides fundamental knowledge of the interaction between biochemical, microbiological, engineering design and operational aspects of the BNR process.
Laboratory sessions held at the University of the Sunshine Coast, a member of the Smart Water Research Centre.

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