The Entura clean energy and water institute is an accredited RTO (registered training organisation) with the Australian Skills Quality Authority, the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector (RTO 40680).
Our RTO scope allows Entura to deliver accredited courses in hydropower operations and dam safety fields. We provide training and/or assessment services for eight qualifications from Certificate II to diploma level programs. Six of these are qualifications under the generation sector training package, with a focus on hydropower operations and maintenance. We also provide two qualifications in water operations primarily focused on dam safety.
Our hydropower courses provide participants with a detailed learning experience comprised of a mixture of classroom theory, as well as practical demonstrations on live equipment and simulators, to prepare trades-based staff to safely and efficiently operate power generating equipment and associated switchgear.
We have developed a tailored practical program for the training and assessment of operational competency, transferring the practical knowledge of our experienced operational staff to the trainee operator in a structured and certified program. Mentor support by local staff may also provide for further customisation of the training program.
The requirements for granting a qualification are determined by the training package rules. Each qualification has core units and a combination of electives where the sum of the weighting value is in accord with that assigned to the qualification.
To achieve each qualification, or portion thereof, both the essential knowledge and skills, and the practical field-based activities will be assessed.
A summary of our available qualifications are provided below. These courses will be run subject to interest and participant numbers. It is anticipated that, in most cases, this will be at an organisational level, tailored for specific groups. Individuals may be able to join such courses, subject to approval of the client organisation.
UEP20112 Certificate II in ESI generation (operations support)
This qualification requires on-job training and assessment of skills. These skills will be developed over time using the operational knowledge of our experienced staff and local mentors. Participants gaining this qualification will be able to complete the work function, such as the local operation of non-critical plant systems, lubrication of plant and undertake minor maintenance of both electrical and mechanical equipment. It also includes plant cleaning, and the operation of mobile load shifting equipment and observation of safe working practices and environmental procedures.
UEP40212 Certificate IV in ESI generation (operations)
Participants gaining this qualification will be able to complete work functions such as the development of operational procedures and systems, manage the start-up and shut-down of generation plant. It also includes the implementation of safe working practices, environmental procedures, management and supervision of others, and the coordination of work activities of individuals and/or teams.
UEP50212 Diploma in ESI generation (operations)
The participants gaining this qualification will be able to complete work functions such as the development of operational procedures and systems, manage the start-up and shut-down of generation plant. It also includes the implementation of safe working practices, environmental procedures, management and supervision of others, and the coordination of work activities of individuals and/or teams.
DAM SAFETY SKILL SET
Participants gaining this skill set will be able to install, monitor, and maintain water industry related instrumentation; and monitor, control, and maintain dams and associated civil works. To achieve this skill set the candidate would normally demonstrate competency in at least three units of competency from those listed below:
- NWPSOU022 – Monitor and control dam operations
- NWPSOU023 – Monitor and implement dam maintenance
- NWPSOU024 – Inspect and report on concrete dam safety
- NWPSOU025 – Inspect and report on embankment dam safety
- NWPSOU029 – Conduct and report dam safety instrumentation monitoring
NWP30315 Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment
This qualification involves a combination of off-the-job training, distance learning and assessment of skills. These skills will be developed over time using the operational knowledge of experienced trainers and local mentors. Participants gaining this qualification will be able to complete work functions required to competently operate and control treatment plant processes depending on the specialisation chosen.
There are three specialisations as follows:
- General qualification reflecting the skills required to monitor operate and control drinking water, wastewater and recycled water
- Drinking water specialisation reflecting the skills required to monitor operate and control treatment processes within a drinking water treatment plant
- Wastewater specialisation reflecting the skills required to monitor operate and control treatment processes within a wastewater treatment plant
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