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Many of the largest water industry employers have been working together to create the Water Process Operative standard and ensure that it fully incorporates the key aspects when working within a water treatment facility.

The Water Process Operative Level 2 apprenticeship standard focuses on aspects of both clean water treatment and waste water treatment core units. These consist of operating treatment work assets and taking, monitoring, recording and interpreting water samples to ensure treatment processes are working effectively. To support treatment processes, they receive and store chemical deliveries, assess and optimise energy on site and carry out site checks for safety, security and productivity purposes, reporting any faults, issues and concerns that need escalation. In waste water they are focused on safe effluent discharge and in clean water for maintaining water quality and hygiene standards.

Merit Skills is pleased to now be able to deliver the Water Process Operative standard to a range of employers and learners throughout the water industry; supporting them with the apprenticeship process and journey.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for completing work to the required standard, following procedures and ensuring health and safety, and regulatory compliance, for example DWI (Drinking Water Inspectorate) and EA (Environment Agency); failure to do so could have serious consequences for self, public health and the environment. Ensuring optimisation of the treatment processes, balancing water quality against cost (energy and chemical usage).

As with all of the new apprenticeships, learners will have to complete and pass an end point assessment process which consists of –

  1. Assessment method 1: Observation with questions
  2. Assessment method 2: Interview underpinned by portfolio
  3. Assessment method 3: Multiple-choice test

These 3 elements will be assessed and determine the overall grade of competence for the learner.

For more information, please contact us on 01733 246415 or email