Process Controller Supervisor


1. M290 (M172 & M175) Disinfect water and wastewater. Why, how, how much?

SAQA US 254103 and 254097 8 credits NQF3 4 class days, 2 site days

Provides in depth knowledge and use of:

  • Various disinfection technologies.
  • Operation and use of chlorination equipment.
  • Connecting and disconnecting chlorine cylinders.
  • Dosage Calculations.
  • Residual chlorine measurement
  • Measuring and interpreting chlorine dosage

2. M173 Demonstrate knowledge of quality and its management in water and wastewater context

SAQA US 254114 4 credits NQF3 3 class days, 1 site days


  • Legislated water and wastewater quality targets.
  • Methods of managing quality using participative management methods.
  • The structure and element of a water services Quality management System (QMS)
  • Setting up own QMS to manage own treated water quality
  • Process control and record keeping

3. M174 Demonstrate knowledge of sampling procedures for water and wastewater treatment tests

SAQA US 254125 6 credits NQF3 3 class days, 2 site days

Provides methods for:

  • Understanding basic water chemicals and test methods
  • Taking and preserving samples for feed tests.
  • Provides field tests methods.
  • Sampling plan including taking representative samples and frequency: SANS standards
  • Water and wastewater standards: SANS 241 and wastewater standards

4. M294 Operate mechanical and electrical systems, plant and equipment in a water and wastewater environment

SAQA US 255474 & 12058 12 credits NQF3 & 4 5 class days, 3 site days

The qualifying learner achieving this unit standard will be able to operate mechanical and electrical plant and equipment safely by understanding the associated dangers. This competence will enable the learner to operate and perform basic maintenance of plant and equipment used on water and wastewater works. This will ensure that breakages and stoppages are kept to a minimum thus using plant and equipment in accordance with safe work practices. This competence will advance the learner's own expertise and employability in the water sector and other related jobs.

Learners credited with this unit standard are capable of:

  • Describing plant and equipment including types of purposes, types of valves, mechanical equipment, electrical equipment instruments used.
  • Operating plant and equipment in a water and wastewater environment.
  • Applying safety procedures during the operation of plant and equipment.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of the operations of plant instrumentation.
  • Performing routine maintenance of plant instrumentation.

5. M212 Supervise personal safety practices in the workplace

SAQA US 254099 4 credits NQF4 3 class days, 1 site days

Water services management have a responsibility to themselves, their employees and their staff to ensure the effective implementation of the OHSA. The study of this module provides supervisors with an understanding of their responsibilities and accountabilities and how to implement a system which will ensure the safety of their staff.

The module includes:

  • Relevant sections and requirements of the OHSA and the COD Act.
  • The purpose of the H & S committee and safety Reps and their elections
  • Safe working practices including the wearing and replacement of PPE
  • Supervisors of emergency procedures and working with moving machinery including: lock-outs and guarding.
  • Supervisor of housekeeping and entering confined spaces.

6. M279 (133+136) Operate media filtration process

SAQA US 246446 & 246443 5 credits NQF3 4 class days, 3 site days

The qualifying learner achieving this unit standard in combination with context expertise standard(s) will be able to operate and maintain a rapid gravity filter, pressure and slow sand filtration processes. This competence will contribute towards the water and wastewater treatment process by ensuring that the filter is maintained in good working order at all times. This competence will also equip the qualifying learner with an enhanced skills base thereby improving the qualifying learner's motivation and employability in the water sector. This will contribute to the quality of potable water to communities.

Learners credited with this unit standard are capable of:

  • Operating sludge withdrawal process.
  • Maintaining the filter media.
  • Maintaining the filter structure.
  • Conducting an inspection of compressors, blowers and backwash pumps.
  • Reading and interpreting flow indicators.
  • Collating data for filtration process.

7. M239 Demonstrate knowledge of water quality control

SAQA US 116982 7 credits NQF5 4 class days, 3 site days

Learners credited with this unit standard are capable of:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the content of SABS 241 of 2001: Drinking Water and Water Services Act
  • Explain the health related aspects of water quality and water transmitted diseases
  • Explain the need for and methods of achieving the stabilisation of water.
  • Demonstrate the use of computer software packages( such as "Stasoft") to control water quality.
  • Explaining the protection of the reticulation system against corrosion and scaling (including corrosion of various metals, correct lime dosage, use of scale inhibitors and cathodic protection)
  • The time on site required for practical training depends on the number of learners and their prior experience. The practical site days given assumes a group of ten learners with a moderate degree of practical experience. The actual time may vary.
  • It is assumed that the employer will provide all equipment needed for the practical training. A list of required equipment will be provided.
  • The time allocation excludes assessing time. An addition allowance of 1 hour per learners per Unit Standard must be allocated for assessing of competency
  • Any re-assessing will be additional to the above time allocation