We offer online, short and custom-designed courses tailored specifically to the needs of water professionals and their respective industries.



Our online training courses cultivate innovative solutions to complex water management challenges by combining real-world experience in integrated water management with engaging courses, delivered by leading industry experts.

Throughout these courses, we share lessons learnt from working with organisations at an international level, and evidence-based strategies designed and implemented to improve integrated water management. Our online platforms provide an interactive virtual classroom that gives students the opportunity to engage with teachers and peers around the world.

Introduction to Integrated Water Management

Fostering new ways of thinking to sustainably manage the world’s water
The course will run again in 2020.

Course information

This course will introduce participants to the theory and principles of Integrated Water Management (IWM). It will investigate conceptual frameworks used to critically analyse water management problems and drive sustainable solutions.


4-week course, TBC in 2020  | Delivered by: Pablo Orams, International WaterCentre

Prerequisite: No prerequisites required.

Cost: AUD $398

Learning objectives

After successfully completing this course, participants will be able to understand:

  • the history and evolution of IWM theory and practice
  • principles and frameworks that guide IWM
  • key biophysical and socio-economic processes in the water cycle
  • the complexities associated with water management
  • why integration and systems approaches are required to deal with social and ecological complexities necessary for achieving sustainable development
  • challenges associated with the implementation of IWM and the awareness of how challenges have been overcome in practice.

Contact our team

Phone: +61 7 3028 7690

Water Reform and Governance

Driving innovative solutions to complex water management challenge
Starts 5 August 2019.

Course information

Taking lessons from Australia and across the globe, this course will encourage participants to understand policy reform and implementation of water management. The course is designed for participants from multiple disciplines, and a blend of theoretical learning and practical experiences in water reform and governance will be applied to explore international and local case studies.


6-week course, begins week of 5 August 2019 | Delivered by: TBC

Prerequisite: No prerequisites required.

Cost: AUD $548

Benefits to participants

By the end of this course participants will understand the Australian water reform and governance model and lessons that are relevant for different country contexts. Specifically, completion of the course will provide:

  • increased knowledge of successful and failed approaches to water reform and governance
  • greater awareness and understanding of water reform and governance principles
  • understanding of how reform can deliver multiple benefits to urban and rural areas, the environment, and communities
  • improved skills in analysis of governance frameworks and stakeholder engagement
  • increased capacity to use water governance principles to drive innovative solutions to complex water management issues.

Contact our team

Phone: +61 7 3028 7690

Introduction to WASH for Development

Developing foundation to support sustainable & equitable access to WASH
Starts 16 September 2019

Course information

Designed to empower practitioners with an understanding of the fundamentals of the WASH sector, this course introduces students to the core principles of planning, designing and implementing activities to improve sustainable and equitable access to domestic water supply and sanitation facilities, and improve hygiene behaviours.


8-week course, begins 16 September 2019 | Delivered by: TBC

Prerequisite: No prerequisites required.

Cost: AUD $648

Benefits to participants

After successfully completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • identify social and economic differences in accessing WASH facilities and services
  • comprehend the breadth of health impacts from inadequate WASH and how they can be prevented
  • understand the historical development of sanitation
  • recognise environmental, social and technical facets of urban and rural sanitation
  • communicate current approaches aiming to achieve sustainable WASH services through good technical, institutional and economic principles
  • examine the issue of integrating behaviour change in WASH and understand the current philosophy in hygiene promotion
  • grasp key issues in the WASH sector for the sustainable development goal period.

Contact our team

Phone: +61 7 3028 7690


Team Leadership for Young Water Professionals

Equipping Young Water Professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to become outstanding team leaders

Course information

The International WaterCentre through a partnership with the Australian Water Association (AWA) is proud to offer this Online Team Leadership Course. This course meets the needs of young water professionals (YWP) using the latest online learning platforms, research findings and facilitation techniques


6-week course, run annually in July  | Course Facilitator: Declan Hearne, International WaterCentre

Benefits to participants

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • understand what leadership is, how it differs from management and problem-solving, and why it is important in the water sector.
  • understand and apply principles of self-leadership.
  • use principles and methods to guide their own development as emerging water leaders.
  • use new frameworks, models, tips and tools to improve their team leadership performance, especially when leading cross-boundary teams.

To join the next course waiting list, please email

Contact our team

For more information on the course design or content, please contact the course coordinator, Declan  Hearne at the IWC (, ph. 0405 997 600).

For information on registration or to express interest in participating, please contact Robbie Goedecke at Australian Water Association (, ph. 02 9467 8424).


Our suite of short courses assist water professionals and organisations in advancing their knowledge and skills in the water sector. Subsequently, this effectively advances complex integrated water management projects. We combine interactive classroom learning with experiential learning through extensive field studies to deliver engaging and practical courses.

AWS International Water Stewardship Standard

Course Information

Join the IWC for the face-to-face delivery of the Foundation, Advanced and Specialist training in the AWS International Water Stewardship Standard and gain certification from the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) to manage our shared water challenges.

The AWS Standard is a framework for implementing good water stewardship, by identifying and tackling water challenges at site- and catchment-level. The Standard is designed to support, recognise and reward collaborative efforts to manage and drive action on shared water challenges.


1 – 3 days | Delivered by: Declan Hearne (IWC) & Pablo Orams  (IWC)

Benefits to participants

This course will develop participants’ knowledge and skills in water stewardship and the AWS Standard. After successfully completing this course, participants will deepen their understanding of:

  • How water stewardship can be situated within an overall suite of policy options for water management and contribute to organisational goals
  • Key elements of stewardship systems and how elements are implemented in the AWS water stewardship system
  • The range of risk and conformity tools that can support water stewardship
  • How water stewardship is being applied in different contexts around the world
  • How to work through the process of becoming a water steward and use the AWS Standard.

Certificates and Accreditation

Certificates of Completion will be given to participants who have actively participated in the training. Additionally, AWS offers accreditation opportunities to participants that successfully complete the Specialist level of the course and are looking to work with the AWS water stewardship system as one of the following service providers:

  • Conformity Assessment Bodies
  • Trainers
  • Consultants

Contact Our Team

If you have any questions regarding the content of the course, upcoming course dates, or group discounts please contact our training team:

Phone: +61 7 3028 7690


Contact our Training team via:
Phone: +61 7 3028 7600

Custom-designed training

IWC custom-designed development programs are aimed at current and future water professionals with a vision for sustainable and integrated water management.

In our programs we:

  • Work with organisastions and groups to identify specific training needs and develop tailor-made training programs to build the required skills and knowledge
  • Build on participants professional experience and improve their ability to solve water-related problems in an integrated fashion
  • Combine interactive classroom learning with experiential learning through field studies, to build both knowledge and skills
  • Enable participants to broaden their knowledge of IWM while pursuing particular areas of interest and expertise
  • Have flexible courses that can be tailored to included any combination of English communication skills, postgraduate level academic students (non award), field trips, industry placements or technical study tours
  • Use comparative Australian and International case studies throughout our training to ensure a well-rounded global view of complex integrated water management strategies are realised by participants.

If you are interested in an online, short or custom-designed training course tailored specifically to your organisation please fill in the form below.



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