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Vocational Training and Qualifications

Laying the Foundations for Professional Confidence

DVGW’s vocational training system includes a comprehensive range of initial and advanced vocational training courses. The 245 instructors and speakers all have practical experience in the relevant fields. Knowledge gained through standardization, research projects and certifiation work is included directly in the individual training modules. Once in a year, DVGW host the most important information hub for all innovation and technology topics related to gas and drinking water: gat | wat.
DVGW’s vocational training system includes a comprehensive range of initial and advanced vocational training courses. The 245 instructors and speakers all have practical experience in the relevant fields. Knowledge gained through standardization, research projects and certifiation work is included directly in the individual training modules. Once in a year, DVGW host the most important information hub for all innovation and technology topics related to gas and drinking water: gat | wat.
Seminars and Courses

Seminars and courses are provided in three main areas: advanced technical training, interdisciplinary training and qualification for new tasks. The range of courses available is continually adapted to reflect changes in companies and has a modular configuration ensuring considerable flexibility.

Selected topics are for example:

Basic principles of water and energy supplyProduction and treatment
PlantsGas and water networks
Domestic services and installationsOccupational health and safety
Master’s degrees in network technology and network operation Additional qualifications for master craftsmen
Try to extinguish fire © DVGW, Grummich

Some of the training courses are mainly focused on practical exercises under real-life conditions, f.e.

  • anti-disaster training for members of emergency services
  • careful behaviour in the case of damages caused by excavators
  • safety-relevant work regarding gas transfer pipelines and gas installation
  • occupational health and safety

Every year, the DVGW’s vocational training and qualifications meets the requirements of more than  25,000 participants. 245 experts cover all ranges of energy and water as well as f.e. organisation, leadership, Human ressources, communication, business studies and many more. It comprises the entire range of topics in the gas and water supply. As in previous years, participating specialists and executives again rated the round about 1,000 information events, seminars and specialist conventions as up-to-date, practical and very well organised.

The events are held throughout Germany. The DVGW training organisation also co-operates with universities throughout Germany and is involved in the development of new master’s degree courses in subjects such as network technology and network operation.

The complete offer of DVGW's vocational trainings and qualifications is made available via the Internet and is updated almost daily.

Website of DVGW Vocational Training and Qualifications
to database (in German only!)
gat | wat

Once in a year, DVGW host the most significant conferences in Germany's gas and water section: gat | wat.
gat (Gasfachliche Aussprachetagung) is Germany's largest gas industry conference, wat (Wasserfachliche Aussprachetagung) is the complement for water section. It is the information hub for all innovation and technology topics related to gas and drinking water. It is also Germany's largest trade fair for gas and water technologies. With exhibitor and participant numbers growing each year, gat, which is keenly observed throughout Europe, is one of the leading industry showcases. Each year, the conferences and exhibition attract some 7,000 specialist and managers from utilities (network operators, integrated utilities, municipal utilities, etc.), industry, science, politics, administration and local government. The participants come from the whole of Germany and neighbouring countries.

gat has been organised for about 50 years, wat for nearly 70 years by DVGW Deutscher Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches, Bonn. They are held annually in Cologne or Berlin. In 2018, gat | wat will take place in Berlin, 23rd. - 25th. October.

Congresses and Technical Trade Fair
gat | wat 2018 in Berlin
  • Most significant meeting platform for gas and water utilities, industry, science, politics, administration and local government in Germany
  • More than 7,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors
  • Large technical fair trade for practitioners
  • Many forums for practical actions ("Praktikertag", i.e. practitioners' day) and interesting exhibitions
To gat | wat 2018