Waste Management


Courses in this category include:

Industry Requirements 

WAMITAB Qualifications through South West Employers

On 6 April 2008 the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 came into force, and the Waste Management Licensing Regulations (England and Wales) 2003, were repealed. This has brought about changes in the way that technical competence requirements can be demonstrated by the relevant manager, or managers, at a ‘permitted' waste management facility. 

Further information on environmental permits can be obtained from the Environment Agency 

The Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB) and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) have developed an Operator Competence Scheme, which has been accepted by Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), as meeting the EPR07 regulations within England and Wales.

As an accredited WAMITAB centre, SWE is able to offer a range of qualifications to support those working within the waste management industry.  We can provide both statutory and non-statutory qualifications ranging from a Level 1 NVQ in Waste Management Operations to a Level 4 NVQ in the Treatment or Transfer of Hazardous Waste.  National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ's) are designed to demonstrate the ability to do a job to an agreed set of standards. Assessment of competence is carried out in the workplace.

Please see below for indicative job roles and qualification levels.


Job Title:  Site Based Employees

Job Title:  Other Employees

Level 1

Treatment/transfer process operator
Treatment/transfer general operator
Landfill operatives
Clinical waste cleaner

Waste collection operative
Street cleansing operative
Recycling collection operative
Recycling operatives

Level 2

Treatment/transfer process operator
Treatment/transfer general operator
Treatment/transfer reception clerk
Landfill technician
Landfill plant operator
Landfill reception clerk
Clinical waste reception clerk
Weighbridge Operator

Clinical waste driver
Waste collection team leader
Waste collection driver
Street cleansing operative
Recycling operatives
Recycling collection operatives

Level 3

Treatment/transfer waste supervisor
Landfill supervisor
Civic amenities waste supervisor
Clinical waste supervisor

Waste collection supervisor
Recycling supervisor
Street cleansing supervisor

Level 4

Treatment/transfer waste managers
Landfill waste managers
Civic amenities waste managers
Incineration managers
Clinical waste manager

Waste collection managers
Recycling Officer
Waste collection contract manager

Qualification Standards

NVQ Level 1 

NVQ Level 2
  • Waste Management Operations Download (.pdf)
  • Cleaning & Support Services Download (.pdf)
  • Recycling Operations Download (.pdf)
  • Cleaning & Support Services Download (.pdf)
  • Recycling Operations Download (.pdf)
  • Removal of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Waste (Construction) Download (.pdf)
  • Waste Management Operations Download (.pdf)
  • Weighbridge Operations Download (.pdf)

NVQ Level 3

NVQ Level 4
  • Recycling Operations Download (.pdf)
  • Managing Incineration Download (.pdf)
  • Managing Landfill Hazardous Wastes Download (.pdf)
  • Managing Landfill Non-hazardous Wastes Download (.pdf)
  • Managing Transfer Hazardous Wastes Download (.pdf)
  • Managing Transfer Non-hazardous Wastes Download (.pdf)
  • Managing Treatment Hazardous Wastes Download (.pdf)
  • Managing Treatment Non-Hazardous Wastes Download (.pdf)
  • Managing Waste Collection Operations Download (.pdf)