DWA-Training: The German Water Sector

January 21 - 23, 2019, Hennef

The German water industry is very progressive and its knowledge, standards and rules can serve as guidelines to projects all around the world. To help foreign experts and people who are new to the industry, DWA, being an expert in the fields of water, wastewater and waste, offers the three-day seminar "The German Water Sector. The training covers the topics

  • Why does Germany have so many standards and rules?
  • Who develops them?
  • How do they work in practice?
  • TVET – Technical Vocational Education and Training in the German water sector.
    • How does it work?
    • Which kind of occupations is provided?
    • Is there a lifelong learning system?
  • TSM – Technical Safety Management system in Germany, in charge of energy, gas, water supply, wastewater and rivers.
    • Who is in charge?
    • Why is it needed?
  • How are infrastructures organized and financed

Next to the overview on the German system, examples of adaptations and transfer possibilities to various countries will be covered.

Excursions to a water work and a wastewater treatment plant are part of the seminar. The participants will gain an understanding of the work of associations, the regulator and the operator. Group work, show cases and discussions are the basis of the seminar.

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In summer 2019, the seminar is again going to take place with a focus on river basin management.
The topics being covered are:

  • Basic principles of river basin management, including visions for living rivers
  • Standards and rules in Germany, including the importance of the Technical Safety Management (TSM)
  • The role and meaning of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the German water sector in order to establish a solid foundation of knowledge
  • Integration of policies, decisions, participation processes and costs across sectoral interests, including involvement of industry, agriculture, urban development, navigation, fisheries management and more
  • Case studies:
    • Water Framework Directive
    • Geo Information Systems (GIS)

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To round up the seminar, attendees are going on a field trip for practical experience

For further questions or to book the seminar, please reach out to Himani Karjala

  • E-Mail: karjala@dwa.de
  • Phone: +49 2242 872-244