DATE: June 22nd to 26th 2020
VENUE: Landmark Resort Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Queensland

Overview of Course Brochure

course pic1


  • Peter Griffiths (pH Water Consultants Pty Ltd)
  • Dr Helen Stratton (pH Water Consultants Pty Ltd)

This course meets the requirements for the following Units of Competency.

  • NWPTRT412A Investigate and plan the optimisation of activated sludge processes
  • NWPTRT084 Assess and improve activated sludge and nutrient removal processes
  • NWPTRT081 Monitor, operate and control activated sludge processes

Please contact course presenters if recognition for Cert III or IV Water Operations is required.


course pic2

Early bird rate – book and pay by 1st June 2020
$2,800 (plus GST $280)

Standard rate – after 1st June 2020
$3,100 (plus GST $310)

This includes 5-day attendance, lunch, morning and afternoon teas, comprehensive course notes, course dinner and transport to site visits.
A 10% discount is offered to 3 or more registrants from the same organization (off both early and standard rates).



Effluent quality requirements for wastewater treatment are becoming increasingly more stringent. Australia has some of the most challenging conditions for treating wastewater in terms of nutrient reduction. The level of training and understanding for the effective operation of these systems is critical to enable optimal treatment and effluent quality to meet regulatory needs and better. This specialist course has been designed for managers, operators and designers of Activated Sludge (AS) and Biological Nutrient Reduction (BNR) processes.

Purpose of the Course

This course is aimed at people responsible for AS/BNR systems operation, assessment, control and optimisation. Completion of the course will provide participants with a working knowledge of the process and how to best optimise their system. The course is unique in that it provides fundamental knowledge of the interaction between biochemical, microbiological and engineering design aspects of the process.

Who should attend

  • This course is relevant to you if you are:
  • Involved with the management or operation of an activated sludge or BNR plant
  • Upgrading your AS plant to BNR
  • A scientist working in a laboratory analysing wastewater or researching the AS/BNR process
  • Studying environmental engineering or wastewater subjects
  • Completing your Certificate II or IV in water operations

Programme Outline

Monday – 8:30 coffee for 9:00am start

Session 1a      Fundamentals of Wastewater Treatment
Session 1b      The Components of Wastewater
Session 2        Introduction to Microbiology
Session 3        Principles of Activated Sludge
Session 4        The Microbiology of activated sludge
Session 5        Nitrification/Denitrification
Session 6        The microbiology of Nitrogen Reduction


Session 1        The Microbiology of P Reduction
Session 2        Biological Phosphorous Reduction
Session 3        Aeration Control
Session 4        The components of the BNR process
Session 5        Interpretation of analytical data
Session 6        Microbiology of Bulking and Foaming
Session 7        Operation and Maintenance of BNR
Session 8        Control of Problem Organisms

Course Dinner

Session 1 Site visit to a BNR plant
Session 2 Workshop and Case Histories

Session 1 Laboratory session all day
At the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs)
Session 2 how to examine activated sludge and BNR samples


Session 1        Solids Handling
Session 2        Monitoring and Interpretation
Session 3        Revision
Session 4        One-hour questionnaire and closing


Please make own arrangements.  Not included in fees.
Landmark Resort Mooloolaba QLD (Sunshine Coast) is our recommendation.  As a number of sporting events are planned at the time of the course, we recommend that accommodation be booked early.


Notification in writing a minimum of two weeks before the course date 90% refund. No refunds will be available after this date.  If the nominated delegate is unable to attend, the registration is transferrable to an alternative staff member from the same organization. 


The cost of the course has been kept to a minimum.  As a consequence, we reserve the right to postpone this course should delegate numbers be insufficient with full refund.


Peter Griffiths 0408 204 112
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.