Play a leading role in protecting public health in Scotland and study an apprentice in Water Treatment Management. 

In this apprenticeship you’ll learn how carry out water samples, chemically treat water and install and maintain water service equipment to protect consumers from harm. Youll learn first-hand from talented professionals and gain valuable industry experience.  

Whether you’re looking to work in a corporate, leisure or industrial environment, there are a wide range of opportunities available. It covers microbiological analysis, testing and inspection, chemical supply, risk assessment, water systems repair and many other highly specialised roles. 

Ensure that water is safe to drink as a water treatment specialist. Safeguard your community as a leisure pool supervisor. Shield the public from life-threatening infections as a water inspector. 

What's the qualification?

You will earn a Modern Apprenticeship qualification in Water Treatment Management at either SCQF level 5 or 6. This qualification includes: 

  • Specialised SVQ water treatment management units, combined with basic core skills training 
  • Real-world industry experience in a range of work experience 

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you could learn how to:   

  • Carry out surveys of water systems 
  • Perform analysis owater samples 
  • Use chemicals and water treatment equipment to improve water safety 
  • Undertake risk assessments to control the spread of Legionella 
  • Install and maintain water service equipment 

 You will also develop the following core skills:  

  • Information and communication technology skills 
  • Teamwork 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Communication 
  • Numeracy  

These skills are transferable across a vast range of sectors including healthcare, ICT, science and construction. 

Where could it take me?

There are a variety of options available to you when you have successfully completed this Modern Apprenticeship qualification. You can continue your studies at a higher level or go straight into the workplace as a qualified employee. 

Further education: Pursue the broad range of higher-level study options available to you. These include Higher National Certificate and Diploma courses in biology and chemistry and industry-specific qualifications focused on key sector topics such as health and safety. 

Straight to work: Use your water treatment management qualification to secure a job in the industry. When you have completed this apprenticeship, you could move into the following job roles: 

  • Water Treatment Specialist 
  • Equipment Technician 
  • Leisure Pool Supervisor 
  • Legionella Risk Assessor 
  • Water Inspector 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship at SCQF leve 5. If you're looking to study at SCQF level 6, it can be beneficial to show previous industry experience, either through a work experience placement or relevant qualifications. You can increase the likelihood of a successful application by performing well during the interview process or by providing references from former employers. 


This Modern Apprenticeship will typically take 12-24 months to complete.  

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