Training Course for ISO 30500 and ISO 24521:

 International Non-sewered Sanitation Standards

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This course is part of blended training to encourage the national adoption and use of two international non-sewered sanitation standards, ISO 30500 and ISO 24521. These trainings will target national standards bodies in collaboration with relevant ministries, local governments, NGOs, and the private sector.


The overall goal of this training is to generate a deeper and shared understanding of ISO 30500 and ISO 24521 to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 6.2 and 6.3 by providing adequate access to equitable sanitation and hygiene and by improving water quality.


  • Policy makers
  • Regulators
  • Certification bodies
  • National regulatory bodies, building by-laws, water and sanitation departments and service providers
  • Manufacturers, suppliers and downstream value chain support
  • Estate developers, eco-estate and green buildings fraternity, owners and developers
  • Provincial and senior local government officials
  • Municipal officials responsible for sanitation and water use license
  • Consulting engineers
  • NGO’s and safe sanitation promoters and practitioners
  • Academia


The course will be delivered in English, French and Chinese.

Why is it important?

ISO 30500 and ISO 24521, developed from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), serve to improve health, reduce the environmental impact of wastewater treatment, and offer affordable options for users and communities to help change the lives of the approximately 2.0 billion people who live without basic sanitation. Whereas ISO 24521 optimizes existing wastewater services, ISO 30500 encourages the development of new technologies and solutions (non-sewered sanitation options) as current technologies are failing to address underlying challenges behind the lack of sanitation, including poverty, infrastructure and resources.

Contents and Course Structure

The online course comprises four modules.

  • Module 1: ISO 30500 and ISO 24521: Hand in Hand
  • Module 2: A Comprehensive Approach to ISO 30500
  • Module 3: A Comprehensive Approach to ISO 24521
  • Module 4: Practical steps, in-country coordination and support for adoption of ISO 30500 and ISO 24521

Each module includes mandatory and recommended readings.  Websites with complementary information are also available to participants.  Participants are expected to take part in Forum Discussions and their participation will be monitored.  After completion of each module participants will take a quiz, with three attempts.  Passing the quiz with 60% correct answers will allow participants to move onto the next module. Satisfactory completion of all of the modules will be a requirement for obtaining the certificate of the course.

Participant dedication and certification

Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of three hours per module to the course.  This time dedication should be enough to review mandatory readings and participate in all activities.  The standard of the course will be high and requires participants to not just dedicate their time, but to also invest in the learning and to ensure that they can focus on the modules, learning and the assignments.  Passing the quizzes will require effort but will help ensure that everyone who completes the course has the required knowledge to effectively understand ISO 30500 and ISO 24521, as well having a clear understanding of non-sewered sanitation solutions and how they can promote adoption in their own countries.  Participants who satisfactorily complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by the course organizers.


Only invited participants may take this self-paced course which will be open from 21 September to 30 October 2020. The French course will be opening from 2 November to 2 December.

Course duration: Selected participants will be able to access and start taking the course on 21 September. Participants will have 30 days to complete the 4 modules of the course at their own pace. Total time dedication is estimated to be 3 to 4 hours per module, for a total of 15 hours estimated for the entire course. Once the course has ended, on 30 October, participants will no longer be able to submit any quizzes, and therefore they may not obtain their course certificates. Content will remain accessible for review, without the ability to complete the course.

* A blended training approach combines training conducted on the Cap-Net Virtual Campus (with opportunities for interaction online through interactive forums), with traditional face-to- face training methods.

Language: English, French, Chinese

Structure: 4 modules

Level: Advanced

Content: lectures, videos, readings, forums

Time: 15-20 hours

Total time dedication: 4 weeks

Institutions: Cap-Net, ANSI, GWP

Certification: 60% correct responses on each of the 4 quizzes of the course.

Course start and end dates: 21/09 to 30/10 - French: 2/11 to 2/12.