Centre Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please refer to the following frequently asked questions before contacting WAMITAB.

  1. What is WAMITAB?
  2. What is the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)?
  3. What is the difference between a unit and a qualification?
  4. What are credits?
  5. What is an award?
  6. What is a certificate?
  7. What is a diploma?
  8. What are guided learning hours?
  9. How are qualifications offered by WAMITAB regulated?
  10. How does WAMITAB maintain the quality assurance of qualifications?
  11. How do I become a WAMITAB approved centre?
  12. Who do I contact for help in becoming a WAMITAB approved centre?
  13. Are there any fees associated with the approval process?
  14. What about on-going costs?
  15. Are these costs subject to VAT?
  16. How does a new centre set up an account with WAMITAB?
  17. What are the benefits of becoming a WAMITAB approved centre?
  18. What are the roles and responsibilities of the internal quality assurer (IQA)?
  19. What qualifications and experience is an internal quality assurer (IQA) expected to have?

1. What is WAMITAB?

WAMITAB is an awarding organisation that develops qualifications and certificates competence for those working in waste management, recycling, cleaning, street cleansing, facilities management and parking. We do not provide training, but work with a network of quality assured training providers to develop the skills of your workforce.

2. What is the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)?

The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) is designed to help people understand all the qualifications we regulate, general and vocational in England, and vocational in Northern Ireland, and how they relate to each other. Its intention is to improve consistency around how awarding organisations describe the size and challenge, or demand, of the qualifications they offer.

For further information click here.

3. What is the difference between a unit and a qualification?

All WAMITAB qualifications are made up of units. Each unit has a set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria that an individual will be assessed against. If they are able to meet all the criteria a learner completes the unit and once the learner has completed all the units that make up their qualification they achieve that qualification.

4. What are credits?

Credits are used to measure learning. Ofqual (2012) states that the credit value gives an indication of how long it will normally take you to prepare for a unit or qualification (one credit will usually take you 10 hours of learning).

5. What is an award?

This is the size of the qualification. Awards are made up of 1 to 12 credits (10 and 120 hours' learning). 

6. What is a certificate?

This is the size of the qualification. Certificates are made up of 13 to 36 credits (130 to 360 hours' learning).

7. What is a diploma?

This is the size of the qualification. Diplomas are made up of 37 credits (370 or more hours' learning). 

8. What are guided learning hours?

The number of tutor-led contact hours required to support learner achievement of a unit/module or qualification.

9. How are qualifications offered by WAMITAB regulated?

Our qualifications comply with national standards specified and regulated by Ofqual, which is an office independent of government reporting directly to the UK parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Ofqual accreditation gives learners, employers and the public confidence that WAMITAB qualifications are delivered by an organisation whose integrity, consistency, resources and competence have been independently checked. As a result, all WAMITAB regulated qualifications are listed on the Register of Regulated Qualifications, which is a key resource for those looking to take qualifications.

10. How does WAMITAB maintain the quality assurance of qualifications?

We have a team of External Quality Assurers (EQA) who ensure that our centres meet all requirements to deliver and assess the WAMITAB qualifications which they offer. This includes Centre approval, qualification approval, Centre visits and sampling learner portfolios.

11. How do I become a WAMITAB approved centre?

As an awarding organisation, WAMITAB encourages training providers to join a network of quality assured centres that deliver to the highest standards, are empathic to the needs of employers and want to provide the best possible experience to their learners.

Download our guide to becoming an approved centre.

12. Who do I contact for help in becoming a WAMITAB approved centre?

For advice and guidance in becoming a WAMITAB approved centre please contact gillian.thomas@wamitab.org.uk.

13. Are there any fees associated with the approval process?

There is an initial centre approval fee.

14. What about on-going costs?

There is no annual fee to be a WAMITAB centre, subject to the centre meeting the minimum business terms of the service level agreement.

15. Are these costs subject to VAT?

No, WAMITAB is not VAT registered as it holds charitable status.

16. How does a new centre set up an account with WAMITAB?

To speed up the new centre application process, all applicants are asked to download and complete an accounts application form from the WAMITAB website.

17. What are the benefits of becoming a WAMITAB approved centre?

Our approved centre network benefits from a package of support designed to provide everything they need to ensure working with us is easy. Below are just some of the benefits of choosing WAMITAB:

  • Ofqual recognised
  • Experience working with all size of centres – from sole traders to large colleges
  • Business development support and customer insight
  • Single registration fee
  • Entry onto the online approved centre directory
  • Broad range of qualifications available
  • Competitive fee structure
  • UK wide Centre networking and CPD events

18. What are the roles and responsibilities of the Internal Quality Assurer (IQA)?

The Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) role provides quality assurance in the review of the assessment decisions within the centre. Requests for certificates cannot be made by the centre until the internal quality assurance process is complete and the learners’ assessments have been signed off as meeting WAMITAB criteria.

The External Quality Assurer (EQA) then liaises with the IQA. This may be by email or face to face meetings to ensure on-going compliance between the centre and WAMITAB.

19. What qualifications and experience is an internal quality assurer (IQA) expected to have?

Internal Quality Assurers (IQA) need occupational competence in the subject area plus a TAQA, A1 or D34 unit qualification.