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Water industry network technician

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  1. Status: In development
  2. Ticked Proposal approved
    Ticked Occupational standard approved
    Ticked End-point assessment plan approved
  3. Reference: ST1292
  4. Level: 3
  5. Typical duration to gateway: 30 months
  6. Typical EPA period: 4 months
  7. Route: Engineering and manufacturing
  8. Date updated: 27/01/2022
  9. EQA provider: Ofqual

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Water network technicians are found in the water industry. 

Employers in the industry are small to large but mainly large. 

This is a core and option apprenticeship standard. Apprentices will be trained and assessed against the core and one option (occupation). There are three options: 

  • Option1. Water distribution network technician 
  • Option 2. Water leakage technician 
  • Option 3. Wastewater network technician 

Water industry network technicians work outdoors on water or wastewater networks and may go to customer premises. They also spend time in the office. 

They may be required to drive between locations. Typically, a driving licence is required. 

They work in all weather conditions. 

As 24 hour and seven days per week operations, they may need to undertake standby duties and work shifts outside normal working hours.

The broad purpose of the occupations is to ensure continuity and efficiency of water or wastewater industry network services. 

In their daily work, water industry network technicians interact with operatives and technicians. Plus stakeholders from teams across water or wastewater services or within the wider business. This may include scientific teams, process treatment, engineering, maintenance, call centre, network optimisation, and contractors. They engage with customers and members of the public. They may also interact with internal and external stakeholders. This may include representatives from the Environmental Agency, police, highways, and other external regulators. 

They typically report to operational or network managers. They work with minimal supervision. They may work as part of a team and alone. 

Water industry network technicians are responsible for meeting quality, industry regulations, safety, security, and environmental requirements. They ensure the health and safety of self and others. They need to consider how their work has the potential to impact customer service and the company's finances and reputation. 

Water distribution network technicians carry out planned and unplanned valving operations. They undertake customer visits to resolve water quality enquiries, which may include taking water quality samples and giving advice on water quality. They undertake and provide advice to customers on water fittings. They must take account of Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations.

Water leakage technicians use systems to identify potential and actual leakage and undertake activities or identify action required to reduce leakage. They assist in the repair and maintenance of meters and loggers. They will provide advice to customers on pipework ownership and responsibilities pertaining to leakage. 

Water distribution network technicians and water leakage technicians must have a National Water Hygiene (Blue) card. This involves training and assessment, and health screening 

Wastewater technicians respond to incidents and monitor wastewater networks resolving issues or identifying action required. They carry out or supervise system maintenance activities such as high-pressure water jetting and de-silting operations. They undertake surveys for example CCTV camera work or Sonde tracing equipment to assist with fault diagnosis.  

Wastewater network technicians must take account of Environmental Quality Standards relating to planned and unplanned discharges. 

Typical job titles include:

Network customer technician or inspectors Quality assurance technician Sewer network inspector Sewerage technician Wastewater network technician Wastewater sewerage network technician Water distribution leakage technician Water distribution network technician Water field technician Water recycling technician

Entry requirements

Typically, 3 to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and mathematics, or equivalent qualifications.

Core occupation duties

Duty

KSBs

Duty 1 Conduct customer visits and liaise with customers. For example, in relation to network queries and investigation findings.

K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 K9 K11 K14 K16 K17 K18 K20

S1 S2 S3 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S12 S17 S18 S19 S20 S21 S22 S23

B1 B2 B3 B4 B6

Duty 2 Investigate network complaints.

K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 K9 K10 K11 K14 K16 K18 K19 K20

S1 S2 S3 S5 S6 S7 S9 S10 S17 S18 S20 S21 S23

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6

Duty 3 Complete the initial survey of street works and traffic management requirements and make arrangements.

K2 K4 K7 K8 K11 K18

S2 S3 S4 S5 S17 S18 S21

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 4 Contribute to network continuous improvement and optimisation projects. For example, flushing plan to improve water quality or pressure optimisation.

K1 K2 K6 K7 K11 K13 K14 K16 K18 K19 K20

S1 S2 S3 S6 S7 S8 S13 S17 S18 S20 S23

B1 B2 B4 B5 B6 B7

Duty 5 Maintain network digital data and documentation. For example, asset records.

K2 K4 K5 K7 K11 K15 K18

S1 S2 S3 S5 S6 S7 S10 S14 S15 S16 S18

B1 B2 B4

Duty 6 Ensure the maintenance of technician's tools and equipment.

K2 K4 K11 K12 K18

S2 S3 S11 S18 S21

B1 B2 B4

Option duties

Water distribution network technician duties

Duty

KSBs

Duty 7 Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Respond to water quality events for example, no water events, taste and odour concerns and poor pressure.

K2 K3 K4 K7 K9 K10 K11 K14 K16 K17 K18 K20 K21 K22 K23 K24 K25 K26 K27 K28 K29 K30 K31 K32 K33

S1 S2 S3 S5 S8 S9 S12 S17 S18 S19 S20 S21 S22 S23 S24 S25 S26 S27 S28 S29 S30 S31 S32 S33 S34 S35 S36

B1 B2 B3 B4 B6

Duty 8 Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Monitor water network performance measures to identify issues for example, water pressure, flows, and leakage.

K2 K4 K6 K7 K11 K14 K18 K21 K22 K23 K24 K25 K26 K27 K28 K29 K30 K31 K32 K33

S1 S2 S3 S8 S10 S12 S18 S19 S21 S24 S25 S26 S27 S28 S29 S30 S31 S32 S33 S34 S35 S36

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 9 Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Re-zone distribution system.

K2 K4 K7 K11 K12 K21 K22 K23 K24 K25 K26 K27 K28 K29 K30 K31 K32 K33

S1 S2 S3 S8 S18 S24 S25 S26 S27 S28 S29 S30 S31 S32 S33 S34 S35 S36

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 10 Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Investigate and diagnose faults on the water network and complete action required. For example, Pressure Reducing Valves (PRVs) and network configuration issues.

K2 K4 K6 K7 K9 K11 K13 K14 K18 K21 K22 K23 K24 K25 K26 K27 K28 K29 K30 K31 K32 K33

S1 S2 S3 S8 S9 S10 S12 S18 S20 S21 S24 S25 S26 S27 S28 S29 S30 S31 S32 S33 S34 S35 S36

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 11 Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Survey water network assets and raise remedial work.

K2 K4 K11 K12 K13 K14 K18 K19 K20 K21 K22 K23 K24 K25 K26 K27 K28 K29 K30 K31 K32 K33

S1 S2 S3 S8 S9 S12 S18 S19 S20 S21 S24 S25 S26 S27 S28 S29 S30 S31 S32 S33 S34 S35 S36

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 12 Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Contribute to preventative maintenance of network, assets and systems. For example, pumps and control valves, air valves, PRVs (Pressure Reducing Valves), PSVs (Pressure Safety Valves), wash-outs and fire hydrants.

K2 K4 K9 K11 K18 K21 K22 K23 K24 K25 K26 K27 K28 K29 K30 K31 K32 K33

S1 S2 S3 S8 S9 S12 S18 S24 S25 S26 S27 S28 S29 S30 S31 S32 S33 S34 S35 S36

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 13 Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Undertake reactive leakage detection.

K2 K4 K7 K9 K11 K14 K18 K21 K22 K23 K24 K25 K26 K27 K28 K29 K30 K31 K32 K33

S1 S2 S3 S8 S9 S12 S18 S20 S21 S24 S25 S26 S27 S28 S29 S30 S31 S32 S33 S34 S35 S36

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 14 Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Carry out water quality sampling.

K2 K4 K7 K11 K18 K21 K22 K23 K24 K25 K26 K27 K28 K29 K30 K31 K32 K33

S1 S2 S3 S8 S18 S21 S24 S25 S26 S27 S28 S29 S30 S31 S32 S33 S34 S35 S36

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 15 Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Support the business with pollution investigations or incidents. For example, flushing to waste following mains repair.

K2 K4 K9 K11 K13 K14 K18 K19 K20 K21 K22 K23 K24 K26 K27 K28 K29 K30 K31 K32 K33

S1 S2 S3 S8 S9 S10 S12 S18 S20 S21 S23 S24 S25 S26 S27 S28 S29 S30 S31 S32 S33 S34 S35 S36

B1 B2 B4 B5 B6

Water leakage technician duties

Duty

KSBs

Duty 16 Option 2. Water leakage technician. Carry out leakage surveys on the distribution network including correlation surveys, sounding techniques, and acoustic logging.

K2 K3 K4 K7 K9 K11 K14 K17 K34 K35 K36 K37 K38 K39 K40 K41 K42 K43

S1 S2 S3 S5 S8 S9 S10 S12 S17 S18 S19 S20 S21 S22 S23 S37 S38 S39 S40 S41 S42 S43 S44 S45 S46 S47

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6

Duty 17 Option 2. Water leakage technician. Identify and recommend repairs and follow-on work to address leakage.

K2 K4 K10 K11 K13 K14 K16 K18 K19 K20 K34 K35 K36 K37 K38 K39 K40 K41 K42 K43

S1 S2 S3 S8 S12 S18 S20 S21 S37 S38 S39 S40 S41 S42 S43 S44 S45 S46 S47

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 18 Option 2. Water leakage technician. Monitor water network performance measures to identify issues. For example, water pressure, flows, and leakage.

K2 K4 K6 K7 K9 K11 K14 K18 K34 K35 K36 K37 K38 K39 K40 K41 K42 K43

S1 S2 S3 S8 S10 S12 S18 S21 S37 S38 S39 S40 S41 S42 S43 S44 S45 S46 S47

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 19 Option 2. Water leakage technician. Investigate network usage to identify unaccounted for water, high users, and integrity of district meter areas.

K2 K4 K7 K11 K14 K18 K34 K35 K36 K37 K38 K39 K40 K41 K42 K43

S1 S2 S3 S8 S10 S12 S18 S21 S37 S38 S39 S40 S41 S42 S43 S44 S45 S46 S47

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 20 Option 2. Water leakage technician. Maintain integrity of district meter areas. For example, check boundary values.

K2 K4 K7 K11 K12 K18 K34 K35 K36 K37 K38 K39 K40 K41 K42 K43

S1 S2 S3 S8 S9 S18 S37 S38 S39 S40 S41 S42 S43 S44 S45 S46 S47

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 21 Option 2. Water leakage technician. Ensure meters and loggers are maintained.

K2 K4 K11 K12 K14 K18 K34 K35 K36 K37 K38 K39 K40 K41 K42 K43

S1 S2 S3 S8 S12 S18 S37 S38 S39 S40 S41 S42 S43 S44 S45 S46 S47

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 22 Option 2. Water leakage technician. Respond to leakage alarms.

K2 K4 K11 K14 K34 K35 K36 K37 K38 K39 K40 K41 K42 K43

S1 S2 S3 S8 S12 S17 S18 S19 S20 S21 S37 S38 S39 S40 S41 S42 S43 S44 S45 S46 S47

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 23 Option 2. Water leakage technician. Contribute to leakage trials: equipment and innovative ways of working.

K2 K4 K7 K9 K11 K13 K14 K18 K19 K20 K35 K36 K37 K38 K39 K40 K41 K42 K43

S1 S2 S3 S8 S10 S12 S17 S18 S20 S37 S38 S39 S40 S41 S42 S43 S44 S45 S46

B1 B2 B4 B5 B6

Wastewater network technician duties

Duty

KSBs

Duty 24 Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Respond to customer reported incidents. For example, complaints, blockages, and smell.

K2 K3 K4 K7 K9 K11 K14 K16 K17 K18 K20 K44 K45 K46 K47 K48 K49 K50 K51 K52 K53 K54 K55 K56 K57

S1 S2 S3 S5 S8 S9 S12 S17 S18 S19 S20 S21 S22 S23 S48 S49 S50 S51 S52 S53 S54 S55

B1 B2 B3 B4 B6

Duty 25 Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Investigate and diagnose faults on wastewater network and identify action required (surveys).

K2 K4 K6 K7 K10 K11 K13 K14 K44 K45 K46 K47 K48 K49 K50 K51 K52 K53 K54 K55 K56 K57

S1 S2 S3 S8 S9 S10 S12 S18 S19 S20 S21 S48 S49 S50 S51 S52 S53 S54 S55

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 26 Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Carry out planned maintenance on the sewer network for example, high pressure water jetting, flushing, and de-silting.

K2 K4 K10 K11 K12 K44 K45 K46 K47 K48 K49 K50 K51 K52 K53 K54 K55 K56 K57

S1 S2 S3 S8 S18 S48 S49 S50 S51 S52 S53 S54 S55

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 27 Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Assist with the response to burst leaks on the sewer network.

K2 K4 K9 K11 K14 K16 K19 K20 K44 K45 K46 K47 K48 K49 K50 K51 K52 K53 K54 K55 K56 K57

S1 S2 S3 S8 S9 S12 S18 S19 S20 S21 S48 S49 S50 S51 S52 S53 S54 S55

B1 B2 B4 B5 B6

Duty 28 Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Respond to pollution incidents, carrying out mitigation.

K2 K4 K6 K9 K11 K13 K14 K20 K44 K45 K46 K47 K48 K49 K50 K51 K52 K53 K54 K55 K56 K57

S1 S2 S3 S8 S9 S10 S12 S18 S19 S20 S21 S48 S49 S50 S51 S52 S53 S54 S55

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 29 Option 3. Wastewater network technician. React to alarms on the sewer network and trace to ensure high risk areas are closely monitored.

K2 K4 K11 K14 K44 K45 K46 K47 K48 K49 K50 K51 K52 K53 K54 K55 K56 K57

S1 S2 S3 S8 S9 S12 S18 S19 S21 S48 S49 S50 S51 S52 S53 S54 S55

B1 B2 B4 B6

Duty 30 Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Liaise with contractors regarding work.

K2 K4 K11 K12 K16 K19 K20 K44 K45 K46 K47 K48 K49 K50 K51 K52 K53 K54 K55 K56 K57

S1 S2 S3 S8 S18 S20 S21 S23 S48 S49 S50 S51 S52 S53 S54 S55

B1 B2 B4 B5 B6

Duty 31 Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Support the business with pollution investigations or incidents.

K2 K4 K6 K9 K11 K13 K14 K16 K18 K19 K20 K44 K45 K46 K47 K48 K49 K50 K51 K52 K53 K54 K55 K56 K57

S1 S2 S3 S8 S9 S10 S12 S17 S18 S20 S21 S23 S48 S49 S50 S51 S52 S53 S54 S55

B1 B2 B4 B5 B6


KSBs

Knowledge

K1: Overview of water and wastewater industries. Regulators and stakeholders: Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT), Customer Council for Water (CCWater), Environment Agency (EA), Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and highway authority, Market Operator Services Limited (MOSL) (wholesale and retail) – roles and powers. Back to Duty

K2: Technician’s role. Limits of autonomy. Different teams and functions involved in operations: how they work together. Back to Duty

K3: Business operation considerations: how activities may impact customers, financial constraints, ethical business practices. Customer Experience Measure (CMEX). Regulatory and legislative performance measures: Guaranteed Standards Scheme (GSS) and Director General (DG) - response to written complaints (DG7). Back to Duty

K4: Operational and quality systems and procedures. Escalation procedures. What they are and how to use them. Back to Duty

K5: Digital documentation requirements (data logging) for example, maintenance records, and asset check records. Back to Duty

K6: Water and wastewater science. Microbiological parameters. Chemical parameters. Aesthetic parameters. Prescribed concentration or value, or legal limits. Industry target standards: how they may vary across companies. Back to Duty

K7: Maths commonly used in the water and wastewater industries. S.I units. Calculations. Standard form. Measurement of distance, area, volume and flow, and unit conversion. Simple transposition of formula. Routine flow and hydraulics theories, principles, and calculations. Back to Duty

K8: New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA) - signing, lighting, and guarding. Back to Duty

K9: Access to Private Land, Streets and Wayleaves. Back to Duty

K10: Duty to maintain apparatus in streets (Highway defect notices – section 81). Back to Duty

K11: Health and Safety at Work Act – responsibilities. Management of health and safety at work regulations. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH). Risks and hazards. Risk assessments and controlling risk. Control methods for harmful substances and chemicals, effluents, and sludge. Health and safety signage. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Manual handling. Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). Asbestos awareness. Lone working. Confined spaces awareness. Awareness of excavation support. Working at height. Working time directive. First aid. Emergency procedures. Drug and alcohol awareness. Permits to work. Storage of tools, equipment and materials. ATEX compliance (safety requirements of the workplace and equipment used in explosive atmosphere). Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR). Pressure System Safety Regulations (PSSR). Provision of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER). Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER). Safe isolation of plant and equipment (lockout, tagout). Back to Duty

K12: Asset security requirements and procedures. Back to Duty

K13: Environment and sustainability. Environmental Protection Act. Types of pollution and control measures. Principles of sustainable development. Waste management and waste streams. Invasive species and Duty of Care in the Environmental aspect. Back to Duty

K14: Fault finding and problem-solving techniques: root cause analysis and diagnostics. Optimisation. Back to Duty

K15: Information and digital technology: email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, remote working platforms, and work and asset management systems. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Cyber security. Back to Duty

K16: Communication techniques: verbal, written and electronic. Adapting style to audience. Back to Duty

K17: Customer service techniques. Priority customers. Back to Duty

K18: Documentation requirements for example maintenance records, asset check records. Back to Duty

K19: Team working and culture. How to work as part of a team, the importance of establishing and meeting the requirements of different roles. Negotiation and conflict management techniques. Back to Duty

K20: Equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. Back to Duty

K21: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. The Water Supply (water fittings) regulations: waste, misuse, undue consumption, erroneous measurement, and contamination. Back to Duty

K22: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. National water hygiene: importance of water, water as a carrier of disease, potential contamination and its consequences and preventing contamination. Back to Duty

K23: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Water science. Liquids, gases, and solid states commonly found in water industry. Elements, molecules, compounds, and ions. The pH scale, acids, and alkalinity. Physical, chemical, and biological process definition. Back to Duty

K24: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Water quality requirements. Drinking water safety plans. Water quality parameters and the role of water quality alarms. Exceedance procedures. Water quality incident investigation requirements. Water quality records. Consequences of failure. Back to Duty

K25: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Restoration of supplies. Provision of alternative supplies. Back to Duty

K26: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Water network assets and design: pumps and control valves, air valves, PRVs (Pressure Reducing Valve), PSVs (Pressure Sustaining Valve), wash-outs and fire hydrants, pumping stations, and treated water storage. Back to Duty

K27: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Types of maintenance: planned preventative maintenance, and reactive. Calibration requirements. Back to Duty

K28: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Water quality monitoring, sampling, and testing requirements and techniques. Equipment, resources, and materials used. Sampling points. Back to Duty

K29: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Materials used in clean water networks (mains and services): regulation 31. Back to Duty

K30: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Valve and hydrant operations. Interruption to supply (DG3). Back to Duty

K31: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Water distribution network technician. Pressure management. Low Pressure Register (DG2). Back to Duty

K32: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Leakage monitoring methods and equipment: leak noise correlators, ground microphones, listening stick, acoustic loggers, and step test. 'Reactive' use of flow meter data (telemetry or nightlines). Back to Duty

K33: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Sources of leakage. High users. Unaccounted for properties. Change of use of buildings. Theft investigation. Domestic and commercial leakage. Determining pipe ownership. Notification process. Back to Duty

K34: Option 2. Water leakage technician. National water hygiene: importance of water, water as a carrier of disease, potential contamination and its consequences and preventing contamination. Back to Duty

K35: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Water quality requirements. Drinking water safety plans. Water quality parameters and the role of water quality alarms. Exceedance procedures. Water quality incident investigation requirements. Water quality records. Consequences of failure. Back to Duty

K36: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Leakage detection operations. Sources of leakage. High users. Unaccounted for properties. Change of use of buildings. Theft investigation. Customer side leakage. Determining pipe ownership. Back to Duty

K37: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Leakage performance monitoring methods and equipment: leak noise correlators, ground microphones, listening stick, acoustic loggers, and dynamic pressure modelling. Data logging operations. 'Proactive' use of flow meter data (telemetry or nightlines). Back to Duty

K38: Option 2. Water leakage technician. New leakage technology trials. Back to Duty

K39: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Water network assets and design: pumps and control valves, air valves, PRVs (Pressure Reducing Valve), PSVs (Pressure Sustaining Valve), wash-outs and fire hydrants, pumping stations, and treated water storage. Back to Duty

K40: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Materials used in clean water networks (mains and services): regulation 31. Back to Duty

K41: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Valve and hydrant operations. Back to Duty

K42: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Pressure management. Low Pressure Register (DG2). Back to Duty

K43: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Types of maintenance: planned preventative maintenance, and reactive. Calibration requirements. Back to Duty

K44: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Wastewater science. Liquids, gases, and solid states commonly found in water industry. Elements, molecules, compounds, and ions. The pH scale, acids, and alkalinity. Physical, chemical, and biological process definition. Nutrients. Odour. Back to Duty

K45: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Regulatory pollution reporting requirements and individuals limits of authority. Flooding reporting (DG5). Back to Duty

K46: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Sewer performance and flow surveys. Back to Duty

K47: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Working in confined spaces: safety equipment, respiratory apparatus, and lifting equipment. Back to Duty

K48: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Wastewater networks assets and design: new connections, adopted sewers, and private sewers. Pipework responsibilities and data capture. Back to Duty

K49: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Wastewater networks construction materials. Back to Duty

K50: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Wastewater network hydraulics and flow. Back to Duty

K51: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Sewer pumping station operations. Back to Duty

K52: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Types of maintenance: planned preventative maintenance, and reactive. Back to Duty

K53: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Combined sewer overflows operation and maintenance requirements. Back to Duty

K54: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Fat, oil, grease, and un-flushables procedures. Back to Duty

K55: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Water jetting operations. Back to Duty

K56: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Investigatory equipment operations for example, CCTV operations. Back to Duty

K57: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Sonde equipment for location of blockages or defects. Back to Duty

Skills

S1: Comply with (water or wastewater) industry regulations and procedures. Back to Duty

S2: Complete risk assessments: identify and document risks and hazards in the workplace. Apply control measures. Back to Duty

S3: Comply with health and safety regulations, and safe working and security practices and procedures. Back to Duty

S4: Set out and remove signing, lighting, and guarding. Back to Duty

S5: Conduct vehicle checks. Back to Duty

S6: Conduct and assess impact of activity for example, environmental, cost, reputation, safety, and health. Apply control measures. Back to Duty

S7: Comply with environmental and sustainability regulations and requirements . For example, safe disposal of waste, re-cycling or re-use of materials, and efficient use of resources. Back to Duty

S8: Apply principles of sustainable development. For example, in choice of materials. Back to Duty

S9: Trace and locate network services. Back to Duty

S10: Collect mitigation data or evidence. Back to Duty

S11: Check technician tools and equipment. Conduct maintenance for example, calibration. Back to Duty

S12: Identify issues. Apply fault-finding and problem-solving techniques: identify root cause. Resolve faults. Back to Duty

S13: Consider, identify, and promote areas for improvement. For example, in relation to quality, cost, time, safety, and impact. Back to Duty

S14: Use information technology. Follow cyber security requirements. Comply with GDPR. Back to Duty

S15: Interpret digital mapping systems and update. Back to Duty

S16: Complete work documentation: enter and record data and information using digital technology for example, hand-held devices. Back to Duty

S17: Read and interpret written information. For example, work instructions, and service level agreements. Back to Duty

S18: Identify and organise resources to complete tasks. For example, equipment, traffic management, and personnel. Back to Duty

S19: Prioritise work activities. Back to Duty

S20: Communicate verbally and in writing. For example, with colleagues, customers, and stakeholders. Use water industry terminology where appropriate. Back to Duty

S21: Identify and escalate issues. Back to Duty

S22: Provide advice and guidance to customers. Back to Duty

S23: Liaise with, negotiate with, and handle conflict in individual or group environments. Back to Duty

S24: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Apply and enforce water fittings regulations to customer installations for example, rainwater harvest systems and solar panels. Back to Duty

S25: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Read and interpret technical data for example, flows and pressures. Back to Duty

S26: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Install pressure gauges. Back to Duty

S27: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Conduct flow and pressure measurements. Back to Duty

S28: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Identify different valve types. Operate multiple valves, hydrants and washouts including isolation and recharging of mains. Back to Duty

S29: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Follow hygiene practices for example, disinfect equipment. Back to Duty

S30: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Select and use water quality testing equipment to test for water quality for example, chlorine, turbidity, taste, odour, and clarity. Back to Duty

S31: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Sample for chemical and micro-biological analysis. Back to Duty

S32: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Set up temporary loggers (flow and pressure). Back to Duty

S33: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Carry out network optimisation activity. For example, PRV, PSV, and air valve maintenance. Back to Duty

S34: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Select and use leakage detection tools and methods to identify source of leakage. For example, step testing, acoustic and electronic, data logging ground microphones, and correlators. Back to Duty

S35: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Inspect and check network assets for example, air values, PRV, critical values, fire hydrant. Identify action. Back to Duty

S36: Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Select and use equipment to complete planned preventative maintenance. For example, conduct high velocity mains cleansing and low turnover flushing. Back to Duty

S37: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Install pressure gauges. Back to Duty

S38: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Conduct step testing using valves. Back to Duty

S39: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Follow hygiene practices for example, disinfect equipment. Back to Duty

S40: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Set up temporary loggers (flow and pressure). Back to Duty

S41: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Select and use initial leakage detection equipment and methods. For example, acoustic and electronic, data logging, ground microphones, and correlators. Back to Duty

S42: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Use specific leakage detection equipment and methods to identify leakage pin-point for example, network or customer side. Back to Duty

S43: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Conduct targeted DMA (district metered area) survey. Back to Duty

S44: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Read and interpret technical data for example, flows and pressures. Back to Duty

S45: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Access, download, and interpret data from pressure and flow loggers. Back to Duty

S46: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Test and assess application of innovative leakage equipment. Back to Duty

S47: Option 2. Water leakage technician. Apply maintenance practices to meters and loggers. Identify and arrange repairs. Back to Duty

S48: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Trace or locate drain or sewer. Back to Duty

S49: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Complete visual inspection to check assets for example, combined sewer overflow, non-return valves, flow control devices, and storage tanks. Identify action. Back to Duty

S50: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Use dye testing to trace and investigate cross or illegal connections. Back to Duty

S51: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Use digital inspection equipment for example, CCTV to check assets. Identify action. Back to Duty

S52: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Use sonde equipment. Back to Duty

S53: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Select and use blockage removal equipment for example, rods and jetting equipment. Back to Duty

S54: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Select and use equipment to apply first line maintenance techniques for example, replace seals, lubricate, de-silt, and de-scale. Back to Duty

S55: Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Follow alarm response procedures. Back to Duty

Behaviours

B1: Prioritise and promote public health, workplace health and safety, and security. Back to Duty

B2: Prioritise and promote the environment, and sustainability. Back to Duty

B3: Apply a professional approach. Back to Duty

B4: Take ownership for work and responsibility for the quality of work and impact on others. Back to Duty

B5: Team-focus to meet work goals: support others. Back to Duty

B6: Respond and adapt to work demands. Back to Duty

B7: Committed to continued professional development to maintain and enhance competence in own area of practice. Back to Duty


Qualifications

English & Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Professional recognition

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • The Science Council for Registered Science Technician (RSciTech). Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship and upon receipt of the apprenticeship certificate, individuals are eligible to apply for RSciTech through a shortened application route. Individuals also need to be a member of a professional body that is licensed by the Science Council to be awarded this status. Further information is on the Science Council’s website

This standard partially aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • The Institute of Water for Engineering technician (Eng.Tech)

    The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for registration at this level.

  • The Institute of Water for Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech)

    The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for registration at this level.

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End-point assessment plan

AP01

Introduction and overview

This document explains the requirements for end-point assessment (EPA) for the water industry network technician apprenticeship. End-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) must follow this when designing and delivering their EPA.

Water industry network technician apprentices, their employers and training providers should read this document.

An approved EPAO must conduct the EPA for this apprenticeship. Employers must select an approved EPAO from the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s Register of end-point assessment organisations (RoEPAO).

This is a core and options apprenticeship. Apprentices must be trained and assessed against the core and one option relevant to their occupation. There are three options (occupations):

  • Option 1. Water distribution network technician
  • Option 2. Water leakage technician
  • Option 3. Wastewater network technician

A full-time apprentice typically spends 30 months on-programme (this means in training before the gateway) working towards competence as a water industry network technician. All apprentices must spend at least 12 months on-programme. All apprentices must spend at least 20% of their on-programme time completing off-the-job training.

This EPA has 3 EPA methods.

The grades available for each EPA method are:

EPA method 1 - observation with questions:

EPA method 2 - interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence:

EPA method 3 - multiple-choice test:

The result from each EPA method is combined to decide the overall apprenticeship grade. The following grades are available for the apprenticeship:

EPA summary table

On-programme (typically 30 months)

Training to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) of the occupational standard.

Training towards English and mathematics qualifications at Level 21, if required.

Compiling a portfolio of evidence.

End-point assessment gateway





The employer must be content that the apprentice is working at or above the level of the occupational standard.

The apprentice’s employer must confirm that they think the apprentice:



The apprentice must have achieved English and mathematics at Level 21.



For the interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence, the apprentice must submit a portfolio of evidence.

Gateway evidence must be submitted to the EPAO. The EPAO must review the evidence. When the EPAO confirms the gateway requirements have been met, the EPA period starts and typically takes 4 months to complete. The expectation is that the EPAO will confirm the gateway requirements have been met as quickly as possible.

The apprentice must submit any policies and procedures as requested by the EPAO.

End-point assessment (typically 4 months)

Professional recognition

This apprenticeship standard aligns with The Institute of Water for Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech). The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for registration at this level.

This apprenticeship standard aligns with The Institute of Water for Engineering Technician (EngTech). The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for registration at this level.

This apprenticeship standard aligns with The Science Council for Registered Science Technician (RSciTech). Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship and upon receipt of the apprenticeship certificate, individuals are eligible to apply for RSciTech through a shortened application route. Individuals also need to be a member of a professional body that is licensed by the Science Council to be awarded this status. Further information is on the Science Council’s website.

Re-sits and re-takes

  • Re-take and re-sit grade cap: pass
  • Re-sit timeframe: typically, 2 months
  • Re-take timeframe: typically, 4 months

1For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and mathematics minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those who have BSL as their primary language.

Length of end-point assessment period

The EPA will be taken within the EPA period. The EPA period begins when the EPAO confirms the gateway requirements are met and is typically 4 months.

The expectation is that the EPAO will confirm the gateway requirements are met and the EPA begins as quickly as possible.

EPA gateway

The apprentice’s employer must confirm that they think the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard as a water industry network technician. They will then enter the gateway. The employer may take advice from the apprentice's training provider(s), but the employer must make the decision.

The apprentice must meet gateway requirements before starting their EPA.

These are:

  • achieved English and mathematics at Level 21.

Portfolio of evidence requirements:

The apprentice must compile a portfolio of evidence during the on-programme period of the apprenticeship. It should contain evidence related to the KSBs that will be assessed by this assessment method. The portfolio of evidence will typically contain 10 discrete pieces of evidence. Evidence should be mapped against the KSBs.

Evidence may be used to demonstrate more than one KSB; a qualitative as opposed to quantitative approach is suggested. Evidence sources may include:

This is not a definitive list; other evidence sources can be included.

The portfolio should not include reflective accounts or any methods of self-assessment. Any employer contributions should focus on direct observation of performance (for example witness statements) rather than opinions. The evidence provided should be valid and attributable to the apprentice; the portfolio of evidence should contain a statement from the employer and apprentice confirming this.

The EPAO should not assess the portfolio of evidence directly as it underpins the interview. Independent assessors should review the portfolio of evidence to prepare questions for the interview assessment method. They are not required to provide feedback after this review.

The apprentice must submit any policies and procedures as requested by the EPAO.

The EPA period starts when the EPAO confirms all gateway requirements have been met. The expectation is they will do this as quickly as possible.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods can be delivered in any order.

The result of one assessment method does not need to be known before starting the next.

Observation with questions

Overview

In an observation with questions, an independent assessor observes an apprentice in their workplace. The apprentice completes their day-to-day duties under normal working conditions. This allows the apprentice to demonstrate the KSBs shown in the mapping through naturally occurring evidence. The independent assessor asks questions as explained below. Simulation is not permitted during the observation.

The observation and responses to questions must be assessed holistically by the independent assessor when they are deciding the grade for the observation with questions.

Rationale

This EPA method is being used because:

Delivery

The observation with questions must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this EPA method to the highest available grade.

The independent assessor must only observe one apprentice to ensure quality and rigour and they must be as unobtrusive as possible.

The EPAO must give an apprentice 2 weeks' notice of the observation. 

The observation must take 6 hours.

The independent assessor can increase the time of the observation by up to 10%. This time is to allow the apprentice to complete a task or respond to a question if necessary. The observation and questioning must allow the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs at the highest possible grade.

The observation may be split into discrete sections held on the same working day.

EPAOs must manage invigilation of apprentices at all times to maintain security of the EPA, in line with their malpractice policy. This includes breaks and moving between locations. 

The independent assessor must explain to the apprentice the format and timescales of the observation before it begins. This does not count towards the assessment time.

The independent assessor should observe the following during the observation:

Core activities

The activities should be observed in the context of the apprentice’s occupational context (option): water distribution, leakage, or wastewater.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician activities

Option 2. Water leakage technician activities

Option 3. Wastewater network technician activities.

These activities provide the apprentice with the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs as shown in the mapping.

Questioning can occur both during and after the observation and the time for questioning is included in the overall assessment time. The independent assessor must ask at least 5  questions. To remain as unobtrusive as possible, independent assessors should ask questions during natural stops between tasks and after completion of work rather than disrupting the apprentice’s flow. Follow-up questions are allowed. The independent assessor must use the questions from the EPAO’s question bank or create their own questions in-line with the EPAO’s training.

The independent assessor must ask questions about KSBs that were not observed to gather assessment evidence. These questions are in addition to the set number of questions for the observation and should be kept to a minimum. The independent assessor can also ask questions to clarify answers given by the apprentice.

The independent assessor conducts and assesses the observation with questions. They must record the KSBs observed, KSBs demonstrated in answers to questions and the grade achieved. The apprentice’s answers to questions must also be recorded.

The independent assessor makes all grading decisions.

Assessment location

The observation with questions must take place in the apprentice’s normal place of work (for example their employer’s premises or a customer’s premises). Equipment and resources needed for the observation must be provided by the employer and be in good working condition.   

Questioning that occurs after the observation should take place in a quiet room, free from distractions and influence.

Question and resource development

EPAOs must write an assessment specification and question bank. The specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs shown in the mapping. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. EPAOs should maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting employers. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this. The assessment specification and questions must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose. 

EPAOs will develop purpose-built question banks and ensure that appropriate quality assurance procedures are in place, for example, considering standardisation, training and moderation. EPAOs will ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard.

EPAOs must ensure that apprentices have a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

EPAOs must produce the following materials to support the observation with questions:

  • independent assessor assessment materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and employer

Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Overview

In the interview, an independent assessor and apprentice have a formal two-way conversation. It gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate their competency across the KSBs as shown in the mapping.

Rationale

This EPA method is being used because:

Delivery

The interview must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this EPA method to the highest available grade.

The purpose of the independent assessor's questions will be to assess the following themes:

Core

The themes will be assessed in the context of the apprentice’s occupational context (option): water distribution, leakage, or wastewater.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician

Option 2. Water leakage technician

Option 3. Wastewater network technician

The EPAO must give an apprentice 2 weeks' notice of the interview.

The independent assessor must have at least 1 week to review the supporting documentation.

Apprentices must have access to their portfolio of evidence during the interview.

Apprentices can refer to and illustrate their answers with evidence from their portfolio of evidence, however the portfolio of evidence is not directly assessed.

The interview must last for 90 minutes. The independent assessor can increase the time of the interview by up to 10%. This time is to allow the apprentice to respond to a question if necessary.

For the interview, the independent assessor must ask at least 10 questions. Follow-up questions are allowed. The independent assessor must use the questions from the EPAO’s question bank or create their own questions in-line with the EPAO’s training. The interview must allow the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this EPA method at the highest possible grade.

The independent assessor conducts and assesses the interview.

The independent assessor must keep accurate records of the assessment. The records must include the KSBs met, the grade achieved and answers to questions.

The independent assessor will make all grading decisions.

Assessment location

The interview must take place in a suitable venue selected by the EPAO (for example the EPAO’s or employer’s premises).

The interview can be conducted by video conferencing. The EPAO must have processes in place to verify the identity of the apprentice and ensure the apprentice is not being aided.

The interview should take place in a quiet room, free from distractions and influence.

Question and resource development

EPAOs must write an assessment specification and question bank. The specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs shown in the mapping. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. EPAOs should maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting employers. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this. The assessment specification and questions must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.

EPAOs will develop purpose-built question banks and ensure that appropriate quality assurance procedures are in place, for example, considering standardisation, training and moderation. EPAOs will ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard.

EPAOs must ensure that apprentices have a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

EPAOs must produce the following materials to support the interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence:

  • independent assessor assessment materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and employer

Multiple-choice test

Overview

A test is an assessment for asking questions in a controlled and invigilated environment.

Rationale

This EPA method is being used because:

Delivery

This method must be appropriately structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this EPA method to the highest available grade.

The multiple-choice test can be computer or paper based.

The multiple-choice test will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions.

Multiple-choice questions will have four options, including one correct answer.

Apprentices must be given at least 2 weeks' notice of the date and time of the multiple-choice test.

Test administration

Apprentices must have 90 minutes to complete the test.

The multiple-choice test is closed book which means that the apprentice cannot refer to reference books or materials whilst taking the test.

The multiple-choice test must be taken in the presence of an invigilator who is the responsibility of the EPAO. Specialised (proctor) software can be used if the test can be taken on-line, to ensure the security of the test.

The EPAO must have an invigilation policy setting out how the multiple-choice test must be conducted. It must state the ratio of apprentices to invigilators for the setting and allow the test to take place in a secure way.

The EPAO must verify the identity of the apprentice.

The EPAO is responsible for the security of the multiple-choice test including the arrangements for on-line testing. The EPAO must ensure that their security arrangements maintain the validity and reliability of the multiple-choice test.

Marking

The multiple-choice test must be marked by independent assessors or markers employed by the EPAO. They must follow a marking scheme produced by the EPAO. Marking by computer is allowed where question types support this.

A correct answer gets 1 mark.

Any incorrect or missing answers get zero marks.

The EPAO is responsible for overseeing the marking of the multiple-choice test. The EPAO must ensure standardisation and moderation of written response test.

Assessment location

Apprentices must take the multiple-choice test in a suitably controlled and invigilated environment that is a quiet room, free from distractions and influence. The EPAO must check the venue is suitable.

The multiple-choice test could take place remotely if the appropriate technology and systems are in place to prevent malpractice. EPAOs must verify the apprentice’s identity and ensure invigilation of apprentices for example with, and not limited to, 360-degree cameras and screen sharing facilities.

Question and resource development

EPAOs must write a test specification and question bank. The specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs shown in the mapping. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. EPAOs should maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting employers. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this. The test specification and questions must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.

EPAOs will develop purpose-built question banks and ensure that appropriate quality assurance procedures are in place, for example, considering previous item performance data, item analysis, standardisation, training and moderation. EPAOs will ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard.

EPAOs must ensure that apprentices have a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

EPAOs must produce the following materials to support the multiple-choice test:

  • independent assessor assessment materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • test specification
    • sample test and mark schemes
    • live tests and mark schemes
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and employer

Grading

Observation with questions

Fail - does not meet pass criteria

Theme

KSBs

Pass

Apprentices must demonstrate all the pass descriptors

Distinction

Apprentices must demonstrate all the pass descriptors and all of the distinction descriptors

(Core) Work environment
K8 K12 S2 S3 S4 S5 B1

Identifies and documents risks and hazards and applies control measures in-line with company procedures. (S2)

Prioritises and promotes public health, workplace health and safety, and security by complying with regulations, working practices and procedures, to ensure the working environment is safe for themselves and others and secure. (K12, S3, B1)

Sets out signing, lighting and guarding in compliance with NRSWA requirements. (K8, S4)

Conducts vehicle checks in line with company procedures. (S5)

N/A

(Core) Work preparation
S9 S11 S17

Traces and locates network services required for the task. (S9)

Checks tools and equipment are safe for use. Completes maintenance of tools and equipment including checking calibration records and calibration where required. (S11)

Reads and interprets written information correctly to establish task requirements. (S17)

N/A

(Core) Procedures
K4 S1 S21 B4

Takes responsibility to complete tasks within limits of authority in compliance with industry regulations and company operational and quality procedures, identifying and escalating issues outside of limits of authority.  (K4, S1, S21, B4)

N/A

(Core) Communication and customer service
K16 K17 S20 S22 B3

Applies a professional approach using verbal, written and electronic communication techniques suitable for the context, adapting style and use of terminology to suit the audience. Uses sector and industry terminology correctly. (K16, S20, B3)

Provides advice and guidance to customers to meet their needs. (K17, S22)

Provides additional information to add value for example, provides leaflets to support advice, promotes digital interaction. (K17, S22)

(Core) Documentation
K5 K18 S15 S16

Interprets digital mapping systems to understand asset location and configuration required for the task. Updates digital mapping systems for example, enters corrective action updates identified during the task. (K5, S15)

Completes digital work documentation required for tasks - entering and recording data and information correctly and in full. (K18, S16)

Explains the importance of updating mapping systems and correct mapping records in relation to the potential impact on the network and customers. (K5)

(Water distribution network technician) Valve operations
K30 S28 S29 S35

Identifies different valve types correctly. Operates multiple valves, hydrants, and washouts including isolating and recharging of mains to achieve task requirements in line with company’s procedures and DG3 requirements. (K30, S28)

Follows hygiene practices in line with industry and company’s procedures. (S29) 

Inspects and checks network assets confirming operability, integrity, and status – identifying action required. (S35)

Explains the importance of valve and hydrant operations in maintaining a calm network and the impact of pressure transients on company assets and customers. (K30)

(Water distribution network technician) Test water quality
S30

Selects and uses water quality testing equipment to test for water quality parameters in line with company’s procedure to ensure water quality compliance. (S30)

N/A

(Water leakage technician ) Leakage detection
S37 S39 S40 S41 S42 S44

Installs pressure gauges safely in line with manufacturers and company procedures. (S37)     

Follows hygiene practices in line with industry and company procedures. (S39)   

Sets up temporary loggers in line with manufacturers and company procedures. (S40)  

Selects and uses leakage detection equipment and methods suitable for the network assets to detect source of leakage and validates the result for example, velocity check and filtering. (S41)

Selects and uses specific leakage detection equipment and methods to identify leakage pin-point. (S42)

Reads and interprets technical data correctly for example, from pressure gauges and temporary loggers, identifying units of measurement. (S44)

Use of selected equipment achieves task efficiencies; for example, mitigates against potential errors (right first time), applies advanced equipment features and functionality. (S42)

(Wastewater network technician) Remove mains blockages
K54 S53

Selects and uses blockage removal equipment appropriate for the task in line with company’s procedures. (K54, S53)

Use of selected equipment  achieves task efficiencies; for example, mitigates against potential errors (right first time), applies advanced equipment features and functionality. (S53)

(Wastewater network technician) Asset inspection
K56 S48 S49 S51 S54

Traces or locates drain or sewer required for the task. (S48)

Completes inspection – visual and using digital equipment – to check assets, identifying any issues and action required. Uses digital inspection equipment in line with manufacturer's instructions for use. (K56, S49, S51)

Selects equipment appropriate for the task and applies first line maintenance techniques in line with company’s procedures. (S54)

N/A

Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Fail - does not meet pass criteria

Theme

KSBs

Pass

Apprentices must demonstrate all the pass descriptors

Distinction

Apprentices must demonstrate all the pass descriptors and all of the distinction descriptors

(Core) Working in the water industry
K2

Explains their role, identifying how they work with different teams and functions involved in operations. (K2)

N/A

(Core) The environment and sustainability
S6 S7 S8 B2

Describes how they assess the impact of activity and apply control measures. (S6)

Describes how they comply with environment and sustainability regulations and procedures and apply the principles of sustainable development in line with regulations and company procedures. (S7, S8)

Describes how they prioritise and promote the environment and sustainability in the workplace. (B2)

N/A

(Core) Collecting evidence
S10

Describes how they collect mitigation data or evidence to support investigations. (S10)

N/A

(Core) Fault-finding and problem solving: making recommendations
K14 S12 S13

Describes how they apply fault-finding and problem-solving techniques, identifying the root cause of issues and resolving faults in line with procedures. (K14, S12)

Describes how they consider, identify, and promote areas for improvement for example, in relation to quality, cost, time, safety, and impact. (S13)

Evaluates the actual or potential value of a specific improvement suggestion. (S13)

(Core) Team working
K19 K20 S18 S19 S23 B5 B6 B7

Describes how they prioritise work activities and identify and organise resources to meet task requirements. (S18, S19)

Describes how they respond and adapt to meet work demands. (B6)

Describes how they liaise, negotiate, and handle conflict in individual and group environments to achieve desired outcomes. (S23)

Describes how they support others to meet the team’s work goals using team working techniques and taking account of equality, diversity and inclusion. (K19, K20)

Describes CPD they have undertaken and future plans for CPD, explaining how they keep up to date with industry and individual development. Explains what the impact of their CPD has been and how it has benefited others and the business. (B7)

Describes how they achieve efficiencies in the use of time or resources. (S19)

(Core) Information technology
K15 S14

Describes how they use information technology for different purposes (email, word, excel, presentation, remote working platforms, work and asset management systems). (S14)

Explains the importance of protecting data in line with legal and employer requirements. Explains measures they take to comply with general data protection regulations (GDPR) and cyber security and why it is important. (K15)

N/A

(Water distribution network technician) Detecting leakage
K32 S34

Describes how they select and use different leakage detection tools and methods to identify the source of leakage for different leakage situations. (K32, S34)

N/A

(Water distribution network technician) Pressure and flow measurement
K31 S25 S26 S27 S32

Describes how they install pressure gauges safely in line with manufacturers' and company procedures. (S26)

Describes how they set up temporary loggers following manufacturers' or employer’s guidelines to find out if there is a pressure or flow issue. (S32)

Describes how they conduct flow and pressure measurements, reading and interpreting technical data correctly identifying units of measurement and confirming level of service. (K31, S25, S27)

Evaluates why meeting DG2 requirements is critical to the water industry. (K31)

(Water distribution network technician) Water sampling
K28 S31

Describes how they select and use sampling equipment to test for chemical and micro-biological analysis in line with company procedure avoiding non-compliant samples for example, correct tap selection and transportation. (K28, S31)

N/A

(Water distribution network technician) Network optimisation
S33

Describes how they complete maintenance activity in line with company procedure to maintain or achieve network optimisation and maintain water quality. (S33)

N/A

(Water distribution network technician) Network maintenance
K27 S36

Describes how they select equipment appropriate for the task and use equipment safely to complete planned preventative maintenance in line with company procedures; ensuring equipment is in calibration date. (K27, S36)

Justifies use of planned preventative maintenance approach over others for example, cost, effectiveness, impact on water quality. (K27, S36)

(Water distribution network technician) Water fittings regulations
S24

Describes how they apply and enforce water fittings regulations for customer installations for different situations. (S24)

N/A

(Water leakage technician ) Monitoring leakage performance
K36 K37 S43 S45

Describes how they conduct targeted DMA surveys using leakage performance monitoring methods and equipment suitable for the network assets to detect source of leakage. (K36, K37, S43)

Describes how they access, download, and interpret data from pressure and flow loggers to make evidence based judgements about for example, high consumption users, meter faults, and usage trends. (S45)

Evaluates data to justify potential approaches to improve network performance through optimisation and infrastructure improvement. (S45)

(Water leakage technician ) Contributing to leakage trials
K38 S46

Describes how they test and assess the application of innovative leakage equipment to identify its benefits over existing equipment or technology. (K38, S46)

N/A

(Water leakage technician ) Maintenance of meters or loggers
K43 S47

Describes how they apply maintenance practices to meters and loggers in line with manufacturer’s instructions and company procedures - ensuring equipment is in calibration date, identifying and arranging repairs in line with company procedures. (K43, S47)

N/A

(Water leakage technician ) Step testing
K41 S38

Describes how they conduct step testing using valves in line with company procedures. (K41, S38)

Justifies how their step testing plan mitigated risks and ensured planned outcome for example, stakeholder and customer engagement, contingencies, network returned to normal operating status. (S38)

(Wastewater network technician) Responding to pollution incidents
K45

Describes regulatory pollution reporting requirements and individual's limits of authority and flooding reporting in line with industry procedures. (K45)

Evaluates the importance of meeting regulatory requirements. (K45)

(Wastewater network technician) Maintenance
K52 K53

Explains different types of maintenance practices. (K52)

Explains the requirements for combined sewer overflows operation and maintenance in line company’s procedures. (K53)

Justifies use of planned preventative maintenance approach over others for example, cost, effectiveness, impact on whole-life asset costs. (K52)

(Wastewater network technician) Reacting to alarms
S55

Describes how they respond to alarms in line with company’s procedures. (S55)

N/A

(Wastewater network technician) Specialist techniques
K55 K57 S50 S52

Explains the circumstances when water jetting operations would be required and considerations for use. (K55)

Describes how they use sonde equipment for blockage or defect location in line with company's procedures. (K57, S50)

Describes how they use dye testing to trace and investigate cross or illegal connections in line with company’s procedures. (S50)

N/A

Multiple-choice test

Grade Minimum marks required Maximum marks required
Fail 0 34
Pass 35 42
Distinction 43 50

Overall EPA grading

The EPA methods contribute equally to the overall EPA grade.

Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of:

Independent assessors must individually grade the: observation with questions and interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence according to the requirements set out in this EPA plan.

EPAOs must combine the individual assessment method grades to determine the overall EPA grade.

Apprentices who fail one or more assessment method will be awarded an overall EPA fail.

Apprentices must achieve at least a pass in all the EPA methods to get an overall pass. To achieve an overall EPA ‘merit,’ apprentices must achieve a distinction in any two of the assessment methods and a pass in the other. To achieve an overall EPA ‘distinction,’ apprentices must achieve a distinction in all three assessment methods.

Grades from individual assessment methods should be combined in the following way to determine the grade of the EPA as a whole.

Observation with questions Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence Multiple-choice test Overall Grading
Fail Any grade Any grade Fail
Any grade Fail Any grade Fail
Any grade Any grade Fail Fail
Pass Pass Pass Pass
Pass Pass Distinction Pass
Pass Distinction Pass Pass
Distinction Pass Pass Pass
Distinction Distinction Pass Merit
Distinction Pass Distinction Merit
Pass Distinction Distinction Merit
Distinction Distinction Distinction Distinction

Re-sits and re-takes

Apprentices who fail one or more EPA method(s) can take a re-sit or a re-take at the employer’s discretion. The apprentice’s employer needs to agree that a re-sit or re-take is appropriate. A re-sit does not need further learning, whereas a re-take does.

Apprentices should have a supportive action plan to prepare for a re-sit or a re-take.

The employer and EPAO agree the timescale for a re-sit or re-take. A re-sit is typically taken within 2 months of the EPA outcome notification. The timescale for a re-take is dependent on how much re-training is required and is typically taken within 4 months of the EPA outcome notification.

Failed EPA methods must be re-sat or re-taken within a 6-month period from the EPA outcome notification, otherwise the entire EPA will need to be re-sat or re-taken in full.

Re-sits and re-takes are not offered to apprentices wishing to move from pass to a higher grade.

An apprentice will get a maximum EPA grade of pass for a re-sit or re-take, unless the EPAO determines there are exceptional circumstances.

Roles and responsibilities

Roles Responsibility

Apprentice

As a minimum, apprentices should:

  • participate in and complete on-programme training to meet the KSBs as outlined in the occupational standard for a minimum of 12 months
  • undertake 20% off-the-job training as arranged by the employer and training provider
  • understand the purpose and importance of EPA
  • undertake the EPA including meeting all gateway requirements

 

Employer

As a minimum, employers must:

  • select the EPAO and training provider 
  • work with the training provider (where applicable) to support the apprentice in the workplace and to provide the opportunities for the apprentice to develop the KSBs
  • arrange and support a minimum of 20% off-the-job training to be undertaken by the apprentice 
  • decide when the apprentice is working at or above the level required by the occupational standard and so is ready for EPA
  • ensure that all supporting evidence required at the gateway is submitted in accordance with this EPA plan
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA
  • confirm arrangements with the EPAO for the EPA (who, when, where) in a timely manner (including providing access to any employer-specific documentation as required, for example company policies)
  • ensure that the EPA is scheduled with the EPAO for a date and time which allows appropriate opportunity for the apprentice to meet the KSBs
  • ensure the apprentice is well prepared for the EPA
  • require the training provider and EPAO to ensure the EPA is booked in a timely manner

Post-gateway, employers must: 

  • confirm arrangements with the EPAO for the EPA (who, when, where) in a timely manner (including providing access to any employer-specific documentation as required, for example company policies)
  • ensure that the EPA is scheduled with the EPAO for a date and time which allows appropriate opportunity for the KSBs to be met
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA
  • ensure the apprentice is given sufficient time away from regular duties to prepare for, and complete all post-gateway elements of the EPA, and that any required supervision during this time (as stated within this EPA plan) is in place
  • where the apprentice is assessed in the workplace, ensure that the apprentice has access to the resources used on a daily basis
  • pass the certificate to the apprentice upon receipt from the EPAO

EPAO

As a minimum, EPAOs must: 

  • conform to the requirements of this EPA plan and deliver its requirements in a timely manner
  • conform to the requirements of the Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations (RoEPAO)
  • conform to the requirements of the external quality assurance provider (EQAP) for this apprenticeship standard
  • understand the occupational standard
  • make all necessary contractual arrangements, including agreeing the price of the EPA
  • develop and produce assessment materials including specifications and marking materials (for example mark schemes, practice materials, training material)
  • appoint suitably qualified and competent independent assessors and oversee their working
  • appoint administrators (and invigilators where required) to administer the EPA as appropriate
  • provide training for independent assessors in terms of good assessment practice, operating the assessment tools and grading
  • provide adequate information, advice and guidance documentation to enable apprentices, employers and training providers to prepare for the EPA
  • arrange for the EPA to take place, in consultation with the employer
  • where the apprentice is not assessed in the workplace, ensure that the apprentice has access to the required resources and liaise with the employer to agree this if necessary
  • develop and provide appropriate assessment recording documentation to ensure a clear and auditable process is in place for providing assessment decisions and feedback to all relevant stakeholders
  • have no direct connection with the apprentice, their employer or training provider. In all instances, including when the EPAO is the training provider (i.e. HEI), there must be no conflict of interest
  • have policies and procedures for internal quality assurance (IQA), and maintain records of regular and robust IQA activity and moderation for external quality assurance (EQA) purposes
  • deliver induction training for independent assessors, and for invigilators and/or markers (where used)
  • undertake standardisation activity on this apprenticeship standard for all independent assessors before they conduct an EPA for the first time, if the EPA is updated and periodically as appropriate (a minimum of annually)
  • manage invigilation of apprentices in order to maintain security of the assessment in line with the EPAO’s malpractice policy
  • verify the identity of the apprentice being assessed
  • use language in the development and delivery of the EPA that is appropriate to the level of the occupational standard

Pre-gateway, EPAOs must: 

  • make all necessary contractual arrangements, including agreeing the price of the EPA
  • provide adequate information, advice and guidance documentation to enable apprentices, employers and training providers to prepare for the EPA
  • arrange for the EPA to take place, in consultation with the employer.

At the Gateway, EPAOs must: 

  • confirm all gateway requirements have been met as quickly as possible.

Post-gateway, EPAOs must: 

  • where the apprentice is not assessed in the workplace, ensure that the apprentice has access to the required resources and liaise with the employer to agree this if necessary

Independent assessor

As a minimum, independent assessors must: 

  • have the competence to assess the apprentice at this level and hold any required qualifications and experience in line with the requirements of the independent assessor as detailed in the IQA section of this EPA plan
  • understand the occupational standard and the requirements of this EPA
  • have, maintain and be able to evidence, up-to-date knowledge and expertise of the subject matter
  • deliver the end-point assessment in-line with the EPA plan
  • comply with the IQA requirements of the EPAO
  • have no direct connection or conflict of interest with the apprentice, their employer or training provider; in all instances, including when the EPAO is the training provider (i.e. HEI)
  • attend induction training
  • attend standardisation events when they begin working for the EPAO, before they conduct an EPA for the first time and a minimum of annually on this apprenticeship standard
  • assess each assessment method, as determined by the EPA plan, and without extending the EPA unnecessarily
  • assess against the KSBs assigned to each assessment method, as shown in the mapping of assessment methods and as determined by the EPAO, and without extending the EPA unnecessarily
  • make all grading decisions
  • record and report all assessment outcome decisions, for each apprentice, following instructions and using assessment recording documentation provided by the EPAO, in a timely manner
  • use language in the development and delivery of the EPA that is appropriate to the level of the occupational standard
  • mark open (constructed) test answers accurately according to the EPAO’s mark scheme and procedures

Training provider

As a minimum, training providers should:

  • work with the employer and support the apprentice during the off-the-job training to provide the opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours as listed in the occupational standard
  • conduct training covering any knowledge, skill or behaviour requirement agreed as part of the Commitment Statement (often known as the Individual Learning Plan)
  • monitor the apprentice’s progress during any training provider led on-programme learning
  • advise the employer, upon request, on the apprentice’s readiness for EPA
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA. Where the training provider is the EPAO (i.e. a HEI), there must be procures in place to mitigate against any conflict of interest. 

Marker

As a minimum, markers should:

  • attend induction training as directed by the EPAO
  • have no direct connection or conflict of interest with the apprentice, their employer or training provider in all instances including when the EPAO is the training provider (i.e. HEI)
  • mark test answers accurately according to the EPAO’s mark scheme and procedures

Invigilator

As a minimum, invigilators should:

  • attend induction training as directed by the EPAO
  • have no direct connection or conflict of interest with the apprentice, their employer or training provider; in all instances, including when the EPAO is the training provider (i.e. HEI)
  • invigilate and supervise apprentices during tests and in breaks during assessment methods to prevent malpractice in accordance with the EPAO’s invigilation procedures

Reasonable adjustments

The EPAO must have reasonable adjustments arrangements for the EPA.

This should include:

  • how an apprentice qualifies for reasonable adjustment
  • what reasonable adjustments may be made

Adjustments must maintain the validity, reliability and integrity of the EPA as outlined in this EPA plan.

Internal quality assurance (IQA)

Internal quality assurance refers to how EPAOs ensure valid, consistent and reliable EPA decisions. EPAOs must adhere to the requirements within the roles and responsibilities section and:

  • have effective and rigorous quality assurance systems and procedures that ensure fair, reliable and consistent EPA regardless of employer, place, time or independent assessor
  • appoint independent assessors who are competent to deliver the EPA and who:
    • have recent relevant experience of the occupation or sector to at least occupational level 3 gained in the last 3 years or significant experience of the occupation or sector
  • operate induction training for anyone involved in the delivery and/or assessment of the EPA
  • provide training for independent assessors in good assessment practice, operating the assessment tools and making grading decisions
  • provide ongoing training for markers and invigilators
  • provide standardisation activity for this apprenticeship standard for all independent assessors:
    • before they conduct an EPA for the first time
    • if the EPA is updated
    • periodically as appropriate (a minimum of annually)
  • conduct effective moderation of EPA decisions and grades
  • conduct appeals where required, according to the EPAO’s appeals procedure, reviewing and making final decisions on EPA decisions and grades
  • have no direct connection with the apprentice, their employer or training provider. In all instances, including when the EPAO is the training provider (for example a higher education institution)

Professional recognition

This apprenticeship standard aligns with The Institute of Water for Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech). The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for registration at this level.

This apprenticeship standard aligns with The Institute of Water for Engineering Technician (EngTech). The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for registration at this level.

This apprenticeship standard aligns with The Science Council for Registered Science Technician (RSciTech). Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship and upon receipt of the apprenticeship certificate, individuals are eligible to apply for RSciTech through a shortened application route. Individuals also need to be a member of a professional body that is licensed by the Science Council to be awarded this status. Further information is on the Science Council’s website.

Mapping of KSBs to assessment methods

Knowledge Assessment methods
K1: Core.

Overview of water and wastewater industries. Regulators and stakeholders: Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT), Customer Council for Water (CCWater), Environment Agency (EA), Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and highway authority, Market Operator Services Limited (MOSL) (wholesale and retail) – roles and powers.

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Multiple-choice test
K2: Core.

Technician’s role. Limits of autonomy. Different teams and functions involved in operations: how they work together.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K3: Core.

Business operation considerations: how activities may impact customers, financial constraints, ethical business practices. Customer Experience Measure (CMEX). Regulatory and legislative performance measures: Guaranteed Standards Scheme (GSS) and Director General (DG) - response to written complaints (DG7).

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Multiple-choice test
K4: Core.

Operational and quality systems and procedures. Escalation procedures. What they are and how to use them.

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Observation with questions
K5: Core.

Digital documentation requirements (data logging) for example, maintenance records, and asset check records.

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Observation with questions
K6: Core.

Water and wastewater science. Microbiological parameters. Chemical parameters. Aesthetic parameters. Prescribed concentration or value, or legal limits. Industry target standards: how they may vary across companies.

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Multiple-choice test
K7: Core.

Maths commonly used in the water and wastewater industries. S.I units. Calculations. Standard form. Measurement of distance, area, volume and flow, and unit conversion. Simple transposition of formula. Routine flow and hydraulics theories, principles, and calculations.

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Multiple-choice test
K8: Core.

New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA) - signing, lighting, and guarding.

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Observation with questions
K9: Core.

Access to Private Land, Streets and Wayleaves.

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Multiple-choice test
K10: Core.

Duty to maintain apparatus in streets (Highway defect notices – section 81).

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Multiple-choice test
K11: Core.

Health and Safety at Work Act – responsibilities. Management of health and safety at work regulations. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH). Risks and hazards. Risk assessments and controlling risk. Control methods for harmful substances and chemicals, effluents, and sludge. Health and safety signage. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Manual handling. Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). Asbestos awareness. Lone working. Confined spaces awareness. Awareness of excavation support. Working at height. Working time directive. First aid. Emergency procedures. Drug and alcohol awareness. Permits to work. Storage of tools, equipment and materials. ATEX compliance (safety requirements of the workplace and equipment used in explosive atmosphere). Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR). Pressure System Safety Regulations (PSSR). Provision of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER). Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER). Safe isolation of plant and equipment (lockout, tagout).

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Multiple-choice test
K12: Core.

Asset security requirements and procedures.

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Observation with questions
K13: Core.

Environment and sustainability. Environmental Protection Act. Types of pollution and control measures. Principles of sustainable development. Waste management and waste streams. Invasive species and Duty of Care in the Environmental aspect.

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Multiple-choice test
K14: Core.

Fault finding and problem-solving techniques: root cause analysis and diagnostics. Optimisation.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K15: Core.

Information and digital technology: email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, remote working platforms, and work and asset management systems. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Cyber security.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K16: Core.

Communication techniques: verbal, written and electronic. Adapting style to audience.

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Observation with questions
K17: Core.

Customer service techniques. Priority customers.

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Observation with questions
K18: Core.

Documentation requirements for example maintenance records, asset check records.

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Observation with questions
K19: Core.

Team working and culture. How to work as part of a team, the importance of establishing and meeting the requirements of different roles. Negotiation and conflict management techniques.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K20: Core.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K21: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. The Water Supply (water fittings) regulations: waste, misuse, undue consumption, erroneous measurement, and contamination.

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Multiple-choice test
K22: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. National water hygiene: importance of water, water as a carrier of disease, potential contamination and its consequences and preventing contamination.

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Multiple-choice test
K23: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Water science. Liquids, gases, and solid states commonly found in water industry. Elements, molecules, compounds, and ions. The pH scale, acids, and alkalinity. Physical, chemical, and biological process definition.

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Multiple-choice test
K24: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Water quality requirements. Drinking water safety plans. Water quality parameters and the role of water quality alarms. Exceedance procedures. Water quality incident investigation requirements. Water quality records. Consequences of failure.

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Multiple-choice test
K25: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Restoration of supplies. Provision of alternative supplies.

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Multiple-choice test
K26: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Water network assets and design: pumps and control valves, air valves, PRVs (Pressure Reducing Valve), PSVs (Pressure Sustaining Valve), wash-outs and fire hydrants, pumping stations, and treated water storage.

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Multiple-choice test
K27: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Types of maintenance: planned preventative maintenance, and reactive. Calibration requirements.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K28: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Water quality monitoring, sampling, and testing requirements and techniques. Equipment, resources, and materials used. Sampling points.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K29: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Materials used in clean water networks (mains and services): regulation 31.

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Multiple-choice test
K30: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Valve and hydrant operations. Interruption to supply (DG3).

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Observation with questions
K31: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Water distribution network technician. Pressure management. Low Pressure Register (DG2).

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K32: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Leakage monitoring methods and equipment: leak noise correlators, ground microphones, listening stick, acoustic loggers, and step test. 'Reactive' use of flow meter data (telemetry or nightlines).

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K33: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Sources of leakage. High users. Unaccounted for properties. Change of use of buildings. Theft investigation. Domestic and commercial leakage. Determining pipe ownership. Notification process.

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Multiple-choice test
K34: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. National water hygiene: importance of water, water as a carrier of disease, potential contamination and its consequences and preventing contamination.

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Multiple-choice test
K35: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Water quality requirements. Drinking water safety plans. Water quality parameters and the role of water quality alarms. Exceedance procedures. Water quality incident investigation requirements. Water quality records. Consequences of failure.

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Multiple-choice test
K36: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Leakage detection operations. Sources of leakage. High users. Unaccounted for properties. Change of use of buildings. Theft investigation. Customer side leakage. Determining pipe ownership.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K37: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Leakage performance monitoring methods and equipment: leak noise correlators, ground microphones, listening stick, acoustic loggers, and dynamic pressure modelling. Data logging operations. 'Proactive' use of flow meter data (telemetry or nightlines).

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K38: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. New leakage technology trials.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K39: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Water network assets and design: pumps and control valves, air valves, PRVs (Pressure Reducing Valve), PSVs (Pressure Sustaining Valve), wash-outs and fire hydrants, pumping stations, and treated water storage.

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Multiple-choice test
K40: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Materials used in clean water networks (mains and services): regulation 31.

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Multiple-choice test
K41: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Valve and hydrant operations.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K42: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Pressure management. Low Pressure Register (DG2).

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Multiple-choice test
K43: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Types of maintenance: planned preventative maintenance, and reactive. Calibration requirements.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K44: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Wastewater science. Liquids, gases, and solid states commonly found in water industry. Elements, molecules, compounds, and ions. The pH scale, acids, and alkalinity. Physical, chemical, and biological process definition. Nutrients. Odour.

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Multiple-choice test
K45: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Regulatory pollution reporting requirements and individuals limits of authority. Flooding reporting (DG5).

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K46: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Sewer performance and flow surveys.

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Multiple-choice test
K47: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Working in confined spaces: safety equipment, respiratory apparatus, and lifting equipment.

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Multiple-choice test
K48: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Wastewater networks assets and design: new connections, adopted sewers, and private sewers. Pipework responsibilities and data capture.

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Multiple-choice test
K49: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Wastewater networks construction materials.

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Multiple-choice test
K50: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Wastewater network hydraulics and flow.

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Multiple-choice test
K51: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Sewer pumping station operations.

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Multiple-choice test
K52: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Types of maintenance: planned preventative maintenance, and reactive.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K53: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Combined sewer overflows operation and maintenance requirements.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K54: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Fat, oil, grease, and un-flushables procedures.

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Observation with questions
K55: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Water jetting operations.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
K56: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Investigatory equipment operations for example, CCTV operations.

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Observation with questions
K57: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Sonde equipment for location of blockages or defects.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
Skill Assessment methods
S1: Core.

Comply with (water or wastewater) industry regulations and procedures.

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Observation with questions
S2: Core.

Complete risk assessments: identify and document risks and hazards in the workplace. Apply control measures.

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Observation with questions
S3: Core.

Comply with health and safety regulations, and safe working and security practices and procedures.

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Observation with questions
S4: Core.

Set out and remove signing, lighting, and guarding.

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Observation with questions
S5: Core.

Conduct vehicle checks.

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Observation with questions
S6: Core.

Conduct and assess impact of activity for example, environmental, cost, reputation, safety, and health. Apply control measures.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S7: Core.

Comply with environmental and sustainability regulations and requirements . For example, safe disposal of waste, re-cycling or re-use of materials, and efficient use of resources.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S8: Core.

Apply principles of sustainable development. For example, in choice of materials.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S9: Core.

Trace and locate network services.

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Observation with questions
S10: Core.

Collect mitigation data or evidence.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S11: Core.

Check technician tools and equipment. Conduct maintenance for example, calibration.

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Observation with questions
S12: Core.

Identify issues. Apply fault-finding and problem-solving techniques: identify root cause. Resolve faults.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S13: Core.

Consider, identify, and promote areas for improvement. For example, in relation to quality, cost, time, safety, and impact.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S14: Core.

Use information technology. Follow cyber security requirements. Comply with GDPR.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S15: Core.

Interpret digital mapping systems and update.

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Observation with questions
S16: Core.

Complete work documentation: enter and record data and information using digital technology for example, hand-held devices.

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Observation with questions
S17: Core.

Read and interpret written information. For example, work instructions, and service level agreements.

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Observation with questions
S18: Core.

Identify and organise resources to complete tasks. For example, equipment, traffic management, and personnel.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S19: Core.

Prioritise work activities.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S20: Core.

Communicate verbally and in writing. For example, with colleagues, customers, and stakeholders. Use water industry terminology where appropriate.

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Observation with questions
S21: Core.

Identify and escalate issues.

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Observation with questions
S22: Core.

Provide advice and guidance to customers.

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Observation with questions
S23: Core.

Liaise with, negotiate with, and handle conflict in individual or group environments.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S24: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Apply and enforce water fittings regulations to customer installations for example, rainwater harvest systems and solar panels.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S25: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Read and interpret technical data for example, flows and pressures.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S26: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Install pressure gauges.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S27: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Conduct flow and pressure measurements.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S28: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Identify different valve types. Operate multiple valves, hydrants and washouts including isolation and recharging of mains.

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Observation with questions
S29: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Follow hygiene practices for example, disinfect equipment.

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Observation with questions
S30: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Select and use water quality testing equipment to test for water quality for example, chlorine, turbidity, taste, odour, and clarity.

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Observation with questions
S31: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Sample for chemical and micro-biological analysis.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S32: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Set up temporary loggers (flow and pressure).

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S33: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Carry out network optimisation activity. For example, PRV, PSV, and air valve maintenance.

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S34: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Select and use leakage detection tools and methods to identify source of leakage. For example, step testing, acoustic and electronic, data logging ground microphones, and correlators.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S35: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Inspect and check network assets for example, air values, PRV, critical values, fire hydrant. Identify action.

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Observation with questions
S36: Water distribution network technician.

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Select and use equipment to complete planned preventative maintenance. For example, conduct high velocity mains cleansing and low turnover flushing.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S37: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Install pressure gauges.

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Observation with questions
S38: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Conduct step testing using valves.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S39: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Follow hygiene practices for example, disinfect equipment.

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Observation with questions
S40: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Set up temporary loggers (flow and pressure).

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Observation with questions
S41: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Select and use initial leakage detection equipment and methods. For example, acoustic and electronic, data logging, ground microphones, and correlators.

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Observation with questions
S42: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Use specific leakage detection equipment and methods to identify leakage pin-point for example, network or customer side.

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Observation with questions
S43: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Conduct targeted DMA (district metered area) survey.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S44: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Read and interpret technical data for example, flows and pressures.

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Observation with questions
S45: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Access, download, and interpret data from pressure and flow loggers.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S46: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Test and assess application of innovative leakage equipment.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S47: Water leakage technician.

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Apply maintenance practices to meters and loggers. Identify and arrange repairs.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S48: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Trace or locate drain or sewer.

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Observation with questions
S49: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Complete visual inspection to check assets for example, combined sewer overflow, non-return valves, flow control devices, and storage tanks. Identify action.

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Observation with questions
S50: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Use dye testing to trace and investigate cross or illegal connections.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
S51: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Use digital inspection equipment for example, CCTV to check assets. Identify action.

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Observation with questions
S52: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Use sonde equipment.

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S53: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Select and use blockage removal equipment for example, rods and jetting equipment.

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Observation with questions
S54: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Select and use equipment to apply first line maintenance techniques for example, replace seals, lubricate, de-silt, and de-scale.

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Observation with questions
S55: Wastewater network technician.

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Follow alarm response procedures.

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Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
Behaviour Assessment methods
B1: Core.

Prioritise and promote public health, workplace health and safety, and security.

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Observation with questions
B2: Core.

Prioritise and promote the environment, and sustainability.

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B3: Core.

Apply a professional approach.

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Observation with questions
B4: Core.

Take ownership for work and responsibility for the quality of work and impact on others.

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Observation with questions
B5: Core.

Team-focus to meet work goals: support others.

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B6: Core.

Respond and adapt to work demands.

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B7: Core.

Committed to continued professional development to maintain and enhance competence in own area of practice.

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Mapping of KSBs to grade themes

Observation with questions - Observation

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
(Core) Work environment
K8 K12
S2 S3 S4 S5
B1

New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA) - signing, lighting, and guarding. (K8)

Asset security requirements and procedures. (K12)

Complete risk assessments: identify and document risks and hazards in the workplace. Apply control measures. (S2)

Comply with health and safety regulations, and safe working and security practices and procedures. (S3)

Set out and remove signing, lighting, and guarding. (S4)

Conduct vehicle checks. (S5)

Prioritise and promote public health, workplace health and safety, and security. (B1)

(Core) Work preparation

S9 S11 S17

N/A

Trace and locate network services. (S9)

Check technician tools and equipment. Conduct maintenance for example, calibration. (S11)

Read and interpret written information. For example, work instructions, and service level agreements. (S17)

N/A

(Core) Procedures
K4
S1 S21
B4

Operational and quality systems and procedures. Escalation procedures. What they are and how to use them. (K4)

Comply with (water or wastewater) industry regulations and procedures. (S1)

Identify and escalate issues. (S21)

Take ownership for work and responsibility for the quality of work and impact on others. (B4)

(Core) Communication and customer service
K16 K17
S20 S22
B3

Communication techniques: verbal, written and electronic. Adapting style to audience. (K16)

Customer service techniques. Priority customers. (K17)

Communicate verbally and in writing. For example, with colleagues, customers, and stakeholders. Use water industry terminology where appropriate. (S20)

Provide advice and guidance to customers. (S22)

Apply a professional approach. (B3)

(Core) Documentation
K5 K18
S15 S16

Digital documentation requirements (data logging) for example, maintenance records, and asset check records. (K5)

Documentation requirements for example maintenance records, asset check records. (K18)

Interpret digital mapping systems and update. (S15)

Complete work documentation: enter and record data and information using digital technology for example, hand-held devices. (S16)

N/A

(Water distribution network technician) Valve operations
K30
S28 S29 S35

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Valve and hydrant operations. Interruption to supply (DG3). (K30)

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Identify different valve types. Operate multiple valves, hydrants and washouts including isolation and recharging of mains. (S28)

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Follow hygiene practices for example, disinfect equipment. (S29)

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Inspect and check network assets for example, air values, PRV, critical values, fire hydrant. Identify action. (S35)

N/A

(Water distribution network technician) Test water quality

S30

N/A

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Select and use water quality testing equipment to test for water quality for example, chlorine, turbidity, taste, odour, and clarity. (S30)

N/A

(Water leakage technician ) Leakage detection

S37 S39 S40 S41 S42 S44

N/A

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Install pressure gauges. (S37)

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Follow hygiene practices for example, disinfect equipment. (S39)

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Set up temporary loggers (flow and pressure). (S40)

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Select and use initial leakage detection equipment and methods. For example, acoustic and electronic, data logging, ground microphones, and correlators. (S41)

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Use specific leakage detection equipment and methods to identify leakage pin-point for example, network or customer side. (S42)

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Read and interpret technical data for example, flows and pressures. (S44)

N/A

(Wastewater network technician) Remove mains blockages
K54
S53

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Fat, oil, grease, and un-flushables procedures. (K54)

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Select and use blockage removal equipment for example, rods and jetting equipment. (S53)

N/A

(Wastewater network technician) Asset inspection
K56
S48 S49 S51 S54

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Investigatory equipment operations for example, CCTV operations. (K56)

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Trace or locate drain or sewer. (S48)

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Complete visual inspection to check assets for example, combined sewer overflow, non-return valves, flow control devices, and storage tanks. Identify action. (S49)

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Use digital inspection equipment for example, CCTV to check assets. Identify action. (S51)

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Select and use equipment to apply first line maintenance techniques for example, replace seals, lubricate, de-silt, and de-scale. (S54)

N/A

Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence - Discussion

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
(Core) Working in the water industry
K2

Technician’s role. Limits of autonomy. Different teams and functions involved in operations: how they work together. (K2)

N/A

N/A

(Core) The environment and sustainability

S6 S7 S8
B2

N/A

Conduct and assess impact of activity for example, environmental, cost, reputation, safety, and health. Apply control measures. (S6)

Comply with environmental and sustainability regulations and requirements . For example, safe disposal of waste, re-cycling or re-use of materials, and efficient use of resources. (S7)

Apply principles of sustainable development. For example, in choice of materials. (S8)

Prioritise and promote the environment, and sustainability. (B2)

(Core) Collecting evidence

S10

N/A

Collect mitigation data or evidence. (S10)

N/A

(Core) Fault-finding and problem solving: making recommendations
K14
S12 S13

Fault finding and problem-solving techniques: root cause analysis and diagnostics. Optimisation. (K14)

Identify issues. Apply fault-finding and problem-solving techniques: identify root cause. Resolve faults. (S12)

Consider, identify, and promote areas for improvement. For example, in relation to quality, cost, time, safety, and impact. (S13)

N/A

(Core) Team working
K19 K20
S18 S19 S23
B5 B6 B7

Team working and culture. How to work as part of a team, the importance of establishing and meeting the requirements of different roles. Negotiation and conflict management techniques. (K19)

Equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. (K20)

Identify and organise resources to complete tasks. For example, equipment, traffic management, and personnel. (S18)

Prioritise work activities. (S19)

Liaise with, negotiate with, and handle conflict in individual or group environments. (S23)

Team-focus to meet work goals: support others. (B5)

Respond and adapt to work demands. (B6)

Committed to continued professional development to maintain and enhance competence in own area of practice. (B7)

(Core) Information technology
K15
S14

Information and digital technology: email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, remote working platforms, and work and asset management systems. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Cyber security. (K15)

Use information technology. Follow cyber security requirements. Comply with GDPR. (S14)

N/A

(Water distribution network technician) Detecting leakage
K32
S34

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Leakage monitoring methods and equipment: leak noise correlators, ground microphones, listening stick, acoustic loggers, and step test. 'Reactive' use of flow meter data (telemetry or nightlines). (K32)

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Select and use leakage detection tools and methods to identify source of leakage. For example, step testing, acoustic and electronic, data logging ground microphones, and correlators. (S34)

N/A

(Water distribution network technician) Pressure and flow measurement
K31
S25 S26 S27 S32

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Water distribution network technician. Pressure management. Low Pressure Register (DG2). (K31)

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Read and interpret technical data for example, flows and pressures. (S25)

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Install pressure gauges. (S26)

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Conduct flow and pressure measurements. (S27)

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Set up temporary loggers (flow and pressure). (S32)

N/A

(Water distribution network technician) Water sampling
K28
S31

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Water quality monitoring, sampling, and testing requirements and techniques. Equipment, resources, and materials used. Sampling points. (K28)

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Sample for chemical and micro-biological analysis. (S31)

N/A

(Water distribution network technician) Network optimisation

S33

N/A

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Carry out network optimisation activity. For example, PRV, PSV, and air valve maintenance. (S33)

N/A

(Water distribution network technician) Network maintenance
K27
S36

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Types of maintenance: planned preventative maintenance, and reactive. Calibration requirements. (K27)

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Select and use equipment to complete planned preventative maintenance. For example, conduct high velocity mains cleansing and low turnover flushing. (S36)

N/A

(Water distribution network technician) Water fittings regulations

S24

N/A

Option 1. Water distribution network technician. Apply and enforce water fittings regulations to customer installations for example, rainwater harvest systems and solar panels. (S24)

N/A

(Water leakage technician ) Monitoring leakage performance
K36 K37
S43 S45

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Leakage detection operations. Sources of leakage. High users. Unaccounted for properties. Change of use of buildings. Theft investigation. Customer side leakage. Determining pipe ownership. (K36)

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Leakage performance monitoring methods and equipment: leak noise correlators, ground microphones, listening stick, acoustic loggers, and dynamic pressure modelling. Data logging operations. 'Proactive' use of flow meter data (telemetry or nightlines). (K37)

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Conduct targeted DMA (district metered area) survey. (S43)

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Access, download, and interpret data from pressure and flow loggers. (S45)

N/A

(Water leakage technician ) Contributing to leakage trials
K38
S46

Option 2. Water leakage technician. New leakage technology trials. (K38)

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Test and assess application of innovative leakage equipment. (S46)

N/A

(Water leakage technician ) Maintenance of meters or loggers
K43
S47

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Types of maintenance: planned preventative maintenance, and reactive. Calibration requirements. (K43)

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Apply maintenance practices to meters and loggers. Identify and arrange repairs. (S47)

N/A

(Water leakage technician ) Step testing
K41
S38

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Valve and hydrant operations. (K41)

Option 2. Water leakage technician. Conduct step testing using valves. (S38)

N/A

(Wastewater network technician) Responding to pollution incidents
K45

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Regulatory pollution reporting requirements and individuals limits of authority. Flooding reporting (DG5). (K45)

N/A

N/A

(Wastewater network technician) Maintenance
K52 K53

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Types of maintenance: planned preventative maintenance, and reactive. (K52)

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Combined sewer overflows operation and maintenance requirements. (K53)

N/A

N/A

(Wastewater network technician) Reacting to alarms

S55

N/A

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Follow alarm response procedures. (S55)

N/A

(Wastewater network technician) Specialist techniques
K55 K57
S50 S52

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Water jetting operations. (K55)

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Sonde equipment for location of blockages or defects. (K57)

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Use dye testing to trace and investigate cross or illegal connections. (S50)

Option 3. Wastewater network technician. Use sonde equipment. (S52)

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Employers involved in creating the standard: Anglian Water, Northumbrian Water, Severn Trent Water, United Utilities, Wessex Water

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