Employer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

  1. Who are WAMITAB?
  2. What is the difference between a unit and a qualification?
  3. What are credits?
  4. What is an award?
  5. What is a certificate?
  6. What is a diploma?
  7. What are guided learning hours?
  8. How does WAMITAB maintain the quality assurance of qualifications?
  9. How can employers provide the training required for a qualification?

1. Who are WAMITAB?

WAMITAB is an awarding organisation that develops qualifications and certificates competence for those working in waste management and recycling, cleaning and 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 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.

3. 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).

4. 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). 

5. 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).

6. What is a diploma?

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

7. What are guided learning hours?

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

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

We have a team of External Quality Assurers (EQAs) 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.

9. How can employers provide the training required for a qualification?

You can use our centre search to locate a suitable training provider to work with or we can help you gain approval to deliver the qualifications yourself.