Activated Sludge Online Training Course

Tuesday 08 December, 2020
8:30am – 4:00pm



About the event

Activated Sludge is part of the Secondary Treatment process of Wastewater Treatment and is a biological process using aeration and a biological floc composed of bacteria and protozoa.

This course has been designed for live on-line e-classroom delivery, for interactive learning, in order to increase the learner’s awareness in specialist subject matter areas. It is part of the wider training Programme for Water Professionals facilitated by Isle.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for operators, managers, project managers, designers and optimisers and all those working in the wastewater sector to ensure that they are familiar with both the theoretical aspects as well as operational aspects. The course includes aspects of troubleshooting and operational conditions that may be prominent on site.

This course requires delegates to have a basic understanding of wastewater treatment processes.

Course Outcomes

  • An understanding of the origins of activated sludge plants
  • An understanding of the Activated Sludge process
  • Advantages, disadvantages and alternatives to Activated Sludge
  • An understanding of the operational issues and troubleshooting

The Bigger Picture

Understand the importance of Activated Sludge in the wider context of Wastewater Treatment and its contributing benefits to energy-from-waste, climate change and economic impacts in relation to carbon tax.

Course Outline

This course will run from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., including three breaks through the day and an assessment at the end of the course. A detailed programme will be provided to delegates who register along with some pre-reading, before the course.

The course covers the following topics:

  • History and development of Activated Sludge process
  • Basic overview of Activated Sludge process
  • Advantages and disadvantages designing, installing and operating the plant
  • Alternatives and adaptations to the basic Activated Sludge Plant
  • Troubleshooting common problems and optimisation

Interactivity! Quizzes, scenarios and discussions

  • Aliens or Allies
  • Quick Quiz! Activated Acronyms
  • Mixing Liquors!

The course will conclude with an overview of the day’s activities, completion of a short feedback survey and a timed assessment in order to assess delegates’ learning.

To encourage further learning delegates will be provided a list of useful resources and other relevant courses such as other wastewater treatment modules after the day has concluded.


General Information

Delegate Course Requirements and Expectations

Delegate Interactivity: All delegates will be required and positively encouraged to actively participate. The courses will include at least two group interactivities, along with quizzes, discussions, calculations and games as appropriate.

Assumed knowledge: A basic understanding of the water sector is assumed, and satisfactory equivalent of English and Maths capability is required to proceed.

Equipment: Laptop and a smart phone with Wi-Fi connection, audio and visual capability (webcam enabled). Note that both a laptop and a smart phone will be required in most cases. The laptop will be utilized as the main learning tool, whilst smart phone activities will be integrated to enhance learning. The technology/apps that will be utilized will be required to be downloaded prior to commencement of the course. Pen and paper are also advisable. Detailed programme provided ahead of course commencement.

Differently abled learners: At present we are sadly unable to offer courses that are suited for those who are vision impaired or suffer from hearing loss. We are working towards improving our service.

Course fees and registration

Course fee is £195 (ex. VAT) per person. Discounts of 10% are available for IOW members, group registrations (THREE (3) or more learners from the same organisation), and bona fide full time students.

Register for this course with Ceris Van de Vyver or Natasha Giroux at or visit the ISLE website at for more information.

Continuing Professional Development

The course will conclude with an online proof of learning exercise, and a Certificate of Attendance which can be used towards CPD evidence of learning.

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