Municipal Waste Water Treatment

Course Overview 

This module caters for individuals who seek a greater knowledge and understanding of the wastewater treatment processes as well as those seeking to improve their skills in operating and maintaining the processes. Following a brief introduction of the regulatory framework, and the characteristics of wastewater and pollution, the module explores the key stages of municipal wastewater treatment. Operating principles of the major processes are examined along with the factors affecting their performance.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Regulatory framework and performance measures – hydraulic and organic loadings; population equivalent.
  • Preliminary treatment – storm water separation, grit and screenings removal.
  • Primary Treatment – purpose and operation, operational problems, sludge management.
  • Secondary Treatment – fixed film and activated sludge processes, key operating parameters, membrane bioreactor.
  • Nutrient removal – chemical and biological phosphorus removal, nitrification and de-nitrification.
  • Tertiary wastewater treatment processes and Small Wastewater Treatment Works.

Course Duration

This module has a learning time equivalent to 3 hours per week for 15 weeks. Delegates will have twenty weeks to complete the course including approximately fifteen weeks to read through course content and five weeks to complete their final assignment. In total delegates will have five months access to the Online Course portal. Please note this is a guideline and learning times will vary person to person.

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

CIWEM reserve the right to cancel any start date if there are insufficient registrants. No refunds can be made less than 14 days prior to the commencement of the module although substitutions can be made at any time.


The cost of the module is £650.00 + VAT = £780.00.

Business Partner rates are available. Please contact for more info.

Please note that booking should be made through 'My CIWEM' using one of the booking links above. Your place is confirmed once you have clicked ‘proceed & submit’ in the cart and received a confirmation email. Please contact with any booking enquiries.

To discuss your suitability for the course or to register your interest, please contact or call +44 (0)20 7831 3110.


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