Online WASH Cost Training

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WASHCost  was a  five-year action research program implemented by the International Water and Sanitation Centre IRC in the Hague ( WASHCost ran from 2008 to 2012 and explored issues and collected data related to the true costs of providing water, sanitation, and hygiene services for the entire life-cycle of a service - from implementation all the way to service delivery. WASHCost provides both face-to-face and online training on the use of the life-cycle costs approach. Since 2011, WASHCost has been providing trainings to a number of large sector based initiatives. In 2014, IRC/WASHCost offers a free online course for WASH sector professionals. The “Costing Sustainable Services” online course was developed to assist governments, (I)NGOs, donors and individuals to plan and budget for sustainable and equitable WASH services, using a life-cycle costs approach.

Every other month 150 participants can start the course by registering online. Starting dates for the online course in 2014 are:

Tuesday 4th February 2014; register online for this course
Tuesday 1st of April 2014;  register online for this course

Tuesday 3rd June 2014; register online for this course

Tuesday 5th of August 2014; register online for this course

Tuesday 7th of October 2014; register online for this course

Tuesday 9th of December 2014; register online for this course
After registering, participants receive login details and a password to access course material on the preferred starting date of the course. From the starting date participants follow the course at their own pace by logging in and following the module(s) of their choice. It is suggested that participants follow the 1, 2, 3 order of the modules, but it is possible to select any module to start or switch between modules. The course material guides participants through the modules and exercises, allowing completion of tasks at their own pace.
For more information about the “Costing Sustainable Services” online course contact IRC at


Date: 15 January 2014