Cap-Net is pleased to announce a new training course for international non-sewered sanitation standards to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 6.2 and 6.3 by providing adequate access to equitable sanitation and hygiene and by improving water quality. This course is part of blended* training to encourage the national review, adoption and use of ISO 30500 and ISO 24521.
The course intends to expand the reach of these standards beyond national standards bodies and increase collaboration with water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector stakeholders such as relevant ministries, local governments, NGOs and the private sector.
The course stems from the combined efforts between Cap-Net UNDP and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In a partnership celebrated in April, Cap-Net and ANSI promised to deliver blended training to countries in Africa and Asia to encourage the national adoption and use of the two standards.
* 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.
About ISO 30500 and ISO 24521
The purpose of ISO 30500 is to support the development of stand-alone, household sanitation systems designed to address basic sanitation needs and promote economic, social, and environmental sustainability through strategies that include minimizing resource consumption (e.g. water and energy) and converting human excreta to safe output. ISO 24521 aims to improve efficiency and safely manage existing wastewater services utilized in countries around the world.
When adopted and used together, these standards have the potential to revolutionize the sanitation sector by addressing existing challenges and preparing for future solutions.
The online course is comprised of four modules to familiarize participants with non-sewered sanitation systems (NSSS) standards, ISO 30500 and ISO 24521. The fourth module focuses on practical steps and in-country aspects for coordination, adoption and support services. The course is available in English, French and Chinese.
Application & participation
The first cohort will comprise selected participants from Africa and Asia. Participants will be recommended by in-country facilitators. After the first cohort finishes, the course will be open to sanitation professionals from around the world, while continuing to target additional participants from Africa and Asia. Selected participants will receive an e-mail with an invitation to take the course and will be requested to complete a registration form. After completing the form, all participants will get an e-mail confirming their registration and they will be able to access and start taking the course on 21 September. They 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 certificate. Content will remain accessible for review without the ability to complete the course. Participants who satisfactorily complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by the course organizers.