Course Overview

The desalination technology known as Reverse Osmosis (abbreviated as RO) is widely used for recycling, water treatment such as seawater desalination and wastewater treatment, and manufacturing processes across a wide range of industries. Compared to ion exchange and thermal desalination, RO offers a number of benefits for water desalination. As water recycling becomes more the standard in many industries, the impacts of climate change force many countries to look for alternative technologies for the production of potable water, and the economics of the green Hydrogen industry becomes more viable, it is likely that RO technology will play an increasingly prominent role in water treatment.

The focus of this course is to provide an introduction to basic RO principles. You will cover what Reverse Osmosis is, what RO membranes are made of, how they work, as well as the principles of design, operation, maintenance and applications of RO Systems. This course also sheds light on the industries where RO technology can be utilised and the importance of RO technology to companies, industries and the wider economy.  

Course Details

  • 12th December 2022
  • 20th February 2023
  • 8 hours
  • £175 + VAT = £210.00

The concepts and applications of Reverse Osmosis (RO) Systems
RO Membranes and Materials of Construction
RO Design, System Control, Monitoring, Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Who is this course for?

This course will be of interest to:


Those wanting to gain an understanding of the fundamentals and applications of Reverse Osmosis systems.


Those wanting to familiarise themselves with the technology that produces ultra-pure desalinated/demineralised water used in the water sector and industries such as data, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, power, and medical industries.  


Those wanting to make a start on exploring specialist knowledge to help achieve a hydrogen / Net-Zero economy. 

Key Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of:

  • The basic concepts of Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology: osmotic pressure, semi-permeable membranes, salt rejection, pressure vessel. 
  • Various industries that use RO.
  • Design of RO systems and Pre-treatment systems.
  • Operation and Monitoring of RO Systems. 
  • Troubleshooting and Maintenance of RO systems. 

Course Delivery & Duration

Delivered via the CIWEM Learning Platform, the course is self paced e-learning with tutor support available on the course discussion forum throughout. Study at your own pace and access support when you require it. There is also one live Q&A session incorporated into the course.


This module has a learning time equivalent to 8 hours. In total you will have four months access to the Online Course portal to read through the course content and to complete the final assessment. Please note this is a guideline and learning times will vary person to person.

Contact Us

If you have any questions please email our team at learning@ciwem.org or call 020 7831 3110.

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