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Why develop the Level 4 Water Diploma?

A qualification for all management roles within the Water Industry

It had been recognised within the Water Industry that there were particular roles that did not have the benefit of a Level 4 qualification to underpin and assist in the development of individuals in, or aspiring to, those roles.

After a number of years delivering the HNC in Water Operations and HNC in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering), Watertrain reviewed the suitability of these qualifications with our clients. The conclusion was that, in their current form, the HNCs’ fixed Learning Outcomes and rigid frameworks were delivering a narrow syllabus and were therefore no longer suited to the changing requirements of the Industry. The sector called for the development of an entirely new framework based more on the needs of the individual in role rather than a ‘process’ driven pathway.

Watertrain has therefore developed the Level 4 Diploma in Water Industry Operations and Management to offer a qualification for all management roles within the Water Industry.

We have consulted the Water Industry throughout the development of the qualification and have created a multi-pathway qualification with a common core which will fulfil the Industry’s business needs.

The Level 4 qualification offers natural progression from Level 2 and 3 roles and has the flexibility for candidates to complete a full qualification in the area of the business they specialise in.

Our Level 4 qualification has been devised as an alternative to the HNC in Water Operations and HNC in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering). View our Level 4 Diploma in Water Industry Operations and Management & HNC comparison table for an overview on how the qualifications compare.


What does the qualification offer?

  • A route to gain a Diploma in Water Industry – a Diploma in Operations and Management – giving an overarching route to the qualification covering aspects of Water, Water Network, Wastewater Treatment and Wastewater Network, along with essential management skills such as leadership, project management and budgeting
  • Specialist routes through the qualification – Water Treatment, Water Networks, Wastewater Treatment and Wastewater Networks, Asset Management, Project Management and Trade Waste. These pathways then specialise in associated topic areas
  • The option to take supplementary units
  • The opportunity to take specific units on a stand-alone basis
  • There is also the option to add units to any of the pathways mentioned above where appropriate
  • It allows the candidate to add to their qualification if they change roles and require new topic areas. For example, if a candidate moves from a clean water role to a waste water role

Please contact us for more information on the Level 4 qualification.