Introducing the WOP Online Learning Programme

GWOPA Secretariat and IHE Delft are glad to announce the first two courses of a brand-new online learning programme for Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs). 

Some of the courses are self-paced, which means that you can take them whenever you wish to and complete them at your own pace. Other courses are instructor-led, which means that a course facilitator guides the group of participants through all the phases of the course. Instructor-led courses are run on a specific schedule and there are due dates for assignments and other activities. 

GWOPA and IHE are now releasing the first two pilot online courses: 

  • How to WOP – Part 1. A self-paced course of an approximate duration of 2,5 hours. Participants will learn the characteristics of a WOP and the principles that shall be followed, including the 6 preparatory steps for engaging in a WOP. This course is open to anyone.  
  • Drinking water safety planning. An instructor-led course running for 4 weeks. The workload is approximately 4 hours during the first week, 13 hours in both week 2 and week 3, and 8 hours in the last week. Participants will learn the steps of a water safety plan (WSP), distinguish between urban WSP and WSP for small systems, and actively work on the first draft of a Water Safety Plan for a system of choice. The content of the course is based on revised guidance material produced by the World Health Organization. The course is facilitated by IHE Delft (Dr. Akosua Boakye-Ansah, and GWOPA (Dr. Giuliana Ferrero, The first run of this course will take place on 24 October – 18 November. It is open to the partners of the EU-WOP programme and limited to a maximum of 20 course participants. You can register by filling out this form: Registration will be open until the end of September. 

Steps to register for the courses 

Both courses are hosted on Workplace, the platform where the Global WOPs Community interacts online. Only if you do not yet have an individual membership to GWOPA, you will need to request one in order to create your profile on the Community. You can do that by filling in this form: Afterwards, you will be invited via an exclusive email from Workplace to activate your account. 

Registration for the Instructor-led Drinking Water Safety Planning course  

This course has a maximum number of 20 participants, so please make sure that you complete the specific registration form by the end of September 2022: 

Registration for the self-paced How to WOP course  

After gaining access to The Global WOPs Community, please send a chat message on the Workplace platform to the administrators, Veronika Sojkova or Franziska Volk expressing your intention to register for the course.