Water New Zealand Training Courses

Drinking-Water 101 - Digital Badge

The Drinking-Water 101 – digital badge is a fully online course designed to assist you with a basic understanding of drinking water and all the people and processes involved prior to it reaching your tap.

By the end of this course you will:

  • have a basic understanding of drinking water in New Zealand
  • understand the history of drinking water
  • understand what happens beyond the tap
  • have an understanding of what Water Treatment Plants do
  • get an overview of some of the roles at the drinking water plants

The course has been structured into a combination of reading, videos, resources and activities for you to complete over a 4 week period at times that suit you. There will be a quiz at the end of this course and upon successful completion you will be awarded your digital badge.

Visit our events page to see when the next cohort begins 

The Cultural Significance and importance of water module 

The Māori world view (Te Ao Māori) acknowledges the interconnectedness and interrelationship of all living and non-living things. This holistic approach, seeking to understand the whole concept, not just parts of it, is at the core of this module.

You will gain greater cultural awareness, respect and understanding of Te Ao Māori within the water sector and what it means to give effect to Te Mana o te Wai – a concept introduced in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM 2020) and included in the water services legislation.

You will learn about the obligations we have as tāngata (people) to freshwater management, and its relevance for all interconnected water including the three infrastructure waters: drinking water, wastewater and stormwater.

This module is designed to help you deepen your collective understanding of connections and interdependencies of wai (water) through a Te Ao Māori lens.

‘Ka ora te wai, ka ora te whenua, ka ora ngā tāngata’ ‘If the water is healthy, the land is healthy, the people are healthy’.

Visit our events page to see when the next module begins

Water New Zealand Mentoring Programme 

Water New Zealand is now offering a three month mentoring programme. The aim of the mentoring programme is to provide an opportunity for mentors to share their expertise and knowledge with mentees. This is also an opportunity for mentees to learn from their mentor’s expertise and knowledge.

Below is some feedback from mentees on the mentoring programme pilot. 

Suma Raj -mentee from Water New Zealand's mentoring programme pilot. 

If you would like more information on the mentoring programme, are interested in volunteering as a mentor, or are interested in being mentored (mentee) then please contact

Water Industry Professionals Association 

The Water Industry Professionals Association (WIPA) provides a continuing professional development and registration programme for water industry professionals. 

Water industry professionals, employed in water/wastewater industry may enroll in the WIPA programme. This provides access to WIPA approved courses that enrollees can attend to gain CPD credits that contribute towards registration. Once all of the criteria are met enrollees can apply to become a “Registered Water Industry Professional”.

Course providers can have relevant courses listed on the website for enrollees to attend and gain WIPA CPD credits.

Find out more  here. 

Water New Zealand Stormwater Group 

The Stormwater Training Plan represents a significant development in the organisation of industry training. This Plan is based on extensive engagement with the stormwater sector, which is made up of people who both want and can deliver identified training needs. It forms the basis for further engagement with the sector as a way of filling in the gaps in this first full draft and starting to implement its actions. It will also enable wider engagement with key players at a time of rapid change for the water sector.

Find out more  here. 

Training Partners

Connexis is the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for New Zealand's infrastructure industries, offering national qualifications, which include water treatment, wastewater treatment and water reticulation.

We work with industry to provide nationally recognised qualifications to build a skilled and productive infrastructure workforce. Qualifications are achieved through a mixture of on the job training and attending courses. The training programmes offer growth and development, along with recognition of skills for a structured career pathway.

Whether you're an employer looking to upskill your staff, or are working in the industry and want to gain recognition of your skills, we can help. Talk to us today to find out more.

NEW : New Zealand Apprenticeship in Water Treatment

Being launched early April 2018, this apprenticeship offers an NZQA Level 4 qualification in Water Treatment, with strands in Drinking-Water Multistage Processes and Wastewater Multistage Processes.

See the attached flyer, or contact Connexis for further information.


A mentor provides ongoing support to the trainee. A mentor shares wisdom, knowledge and support to help keep the trainee on track with their learning. To find out more, see the attached flyer or contact Connexis.

NEW : Infrastructure Workforce Jobsite

Connexis, the industry training organisation which supports the water sector, have recently launched a jobsite for both job seekers searching for new roles or opportunities, and employers looking for staff.

The jobsite offers opportunities across the Water, Civil, Telco and Energy sectors. Click here to be redirected to the site.

View additional training providers  here.