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The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of all of the required aspects for the design and operation of a comprehensive faecal sludge management system. 

Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

Have an understanding of the treatment, management, and planning aspects related to FSM, and how they interact;

Comprehend the importance of proper sludge characterisation for optimal collection and transport, treatment and reuse;

Apply engineering fundamentals to design systems for management and treatment of faecal sludge.

Describe how valorisation of faecal sludge can be accomplished;

Place FSM in an urban waste management context for sustainable and feasible planning of FSM systems


This is the first e-learning course dedicated to faecal sludge management. It compiles the current state of knowledge of this rapidly evolving field and presents an integrated approach that includes technology, management and planning. It addresses the planning and organization of the entire faecal sludge management service chain, from the collection and transport of sludge and its treatment options, to the final end use or disposal of treated sludge. 

Participant's Benefits

Participants can make use of some of the advantages and possibilities that the alliance offers, such as:

Access to updated information, knowledge and experienced coaching staff in the field 

A formal certificate from an internationally recognized educational institution;

Participation in the international community of professionals;

The opportunity to enhance their professional career e.g. through involvement in projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others;


The Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance is a platform to facilitate development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on faecal sludge management (FSM) through online education, so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed the essential element of the alliance - the e-learning course on Faecal Sludge Management.