WISA Activated Sludge Online Training Course

Thursday 06 August, 2020
8:30am – 4:00pm


About the event

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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.

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 in the SADC region to ensure that they are familiar with both the theoretical aspects as well as operational aspects. The course includes aspects of troubleshooting and hazardous 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 ‘a proof of learning exercise 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 Sludgeprocess
  • 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 proof of learning exercise 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.

Continuing Professional Development

The course will conclude with an online live test, and a Certificate of Attendance which can be used to claim ONE (1) CPD-points from WISA, SACNASP and ECSA will be awarded to successful learners.


Course fees and registration

R3500 (ex. VAT) per person. Discounts of 10% are available for WISA members, group registrations (THREE (3) or more learners from the same organisation), and bona fide full time students who are not WISA members.

Register for this course here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ActivatedSludge

This course will be run using a Zoom session that requires a password. Login details will be created and provided to delegates who have completed the registration process for the course. Delegates may join the course either by downloading and using the free Zoom app (available at https://zoom.us), or by clicking the link they will receive and joining in their browser (no sign-up and no download required).”

Please contact Anita Pillay at training@wisa.org.za should you have any queries or visit https://www.isleutilities.com/events for more information.

This course is open to all water professionals living and working in any of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.

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