Professional Certificate of Competency in Sewage & Effluent Treatment Technologies

Course Overview


This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need practical skills and knowledge in maintaining and troubleshooting wastewater systems.

At a glance

  • 3 Months
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online
9 May 2022
Course Type
  • Professional Certificate
  • Civil Engineering

Course Details

This course will cover wastewater fundamentals and treatment technologies used to maintain the quality of groundwater. You will learn to manage and troubleshoot wastewater treatment systems and understand the different systems available.

The course is composed of 13 modules.

Module 1: Planning Considerations – Provincial and National Government

  • Economic, social and environmental goals of planning
  • Environmental assessment
  • Need for health and safety
  • Factors in preparing municipal plans
  • Protection for stepped up demand

Module 2: Waste Water Fundamentals

  • Basic terminology
  • Contaminant considerations
  • Biological, phosphorous, ammonia
  • Pathogens
  • Effluent objectives
  • Alternate discharge options
  • Receiving water capacity-provincial water quality objectives
  • Surface discharge
  • Subsurface discharge

Module 3: Design Considerations

  • Collection of sewage
  • Aerobic and anaerobic treatments
  • Critical design parameters for communal sewage treatment systems

Module 4: Treatment Technologies

  • Suspended solids removal
  • BOD removal
  • Nitrification and denitrification
  • Phosphorous reduction

Module 5: Treatment Systems

Conventional septic tank

  • As the treatment system
  • Enhanced septic tanks
  • As a primary for other bioreactors


  • Fixed film
  • Rotating
  • Suspended
  • Batch
  • Filters-sand, peat, stone, synthetics
  • New technologies targeting specific contaminants

Module 6: Recirculating Sand Filters Year Round Treatment

  • History experimental design
  • Construction
  • Operation

Module 7: Subsurface Discharge

  • Filter bed
  • Shallow trench
  • Leaching bed
  • “Constructed wetland”
  • Recycle, reuse

Module 8: Direct Discharge

  • Stream assimilative capacity
  • Mixing zone
  • Disinfection

Module 9: Biosolids Disposal

  • Hauled waste
  • Compost
  • Lime stabilisation

Module 10: Management of Communal Waste Water Systems

  • Regular monitoring
  • Long term satisfactory performance

Module 11: Financial and Legal Issues

  • Funding sources
  • Approval process
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Municipal and owner liability

Module 12: Design and Installation of Your Own System

  • Simple design rules
  • Implementation of your system
  • Tips and tricks
  • The thirteen golden rules of working with waste water systems

Module 13: Case Studies

  • Municipality
  • Private rondavel in a pristine inaccessible area
  • In the middle of suburbia

To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars.  Detailed summaries/notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance.  In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes.  If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.

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You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.

Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.

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  What I liked most about the course and EIT is the flexibility is offered regarding education. It gave me the opportunity to study and work full-time.  
C Groenewald, South Africa
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  My line of work requires me travel quite often. I could not attend every class due to my remote locations, but still I could recap and stay on top of the study material thanks to the recordings. Also, all the Instructors were world class.  
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  I have studied 3 times now with EIT and recommend them to my colleagues - I have found them always to be accommodating and the course content first class.  
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