Validate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

  1. What is Validate?
  2. Why was Validate developed?
  3. Who can use Validate?
  4. When can Validate be used?
  5. How is Validate assessed?
  6. I’m a training provider, how could I use Validate?
  7. I’m an employer, how could I use Validate in my business?
  8. What are the benefits for individuals?
  9. Is there limit to the number of modules an individual can take?
  10. What happens if an individual does not meet the competency requirements?
  11. What is included in the Validate toolkit?
  12. How much does a Validate licence cost?
  13. How many Validate modules are there?
  14. Can modules be purchased individually?
  15. How is Validate quality assured?
  16. Do assessors need an Assessor Certificate (or Award) (formerly known as an A1 Award) to be a Validate Assessor?
  17. What is the Validate Assessor Development programme?
  18. How do I get started?

1. What is Validate?

Validate is a modular assessment programme for operatives in the waste management industry. It is part of WAMITAB’s provision for workforce competence and employer ownership.  It is regulated by WAMITAB working in partnership with employers, their staff and WAMITAB centres. Validate is not a training course, it is a modular assessment programme that identifies and records  the levels of skill and competence demonstrated by candidates as they carry out routine and non-routine waste management tasks. It is based on industry standard operating procedures and national occupational standards, and provides a framework for assessment.

2. Why was Validate developed?

The Validate work-based assessment programme was developed in response to employer demand for a system that could provide a modularised, standardised but flexible approach to assess key workplace activities at an operative level.  It also reflects the emphasis on employer ownership of skills and their crucial role in assuring operatives perform to a safe and measurable standard. It is a strategic move from dependence on government funding and firmly places power in the hands of the employers in terms of workplace skills development. This focus on the “employer ownership of skills” is likely to stay and will change the skills landscape.

WAMITAB worked with key employers and industry professionals to review the standard operating schemes used in a variety of workplace settings to create a “checklist” system to ensure each aspect of a task is performed according to company procedure and will comply with current health and safety legislation. 

3. Who can use Validate?

Validate is available for use by employers and registered training providers in the waste management industry on the premise they meet the licence requirements, in terms of assessor experience and training/qualifications.  These are covered in more detail later.

4. When can Validate be used?

  • When an individual has gained sufficient work experience in the job role
  • When an individual feels ready for assessment having had a chance to check their skills against the assessment criteria
  • When the employer decides the individual is ready to be assessed
  • After an individual has completed a relevant training course that prepares them for assessment

5. How is Validate assessed?

Each module is assessed by a competent individual using a combination of on-the-job observation and question and answer both of which are routinely used in the assessment of qualifications.  However, there is no requirement for a “portfolio of evidence”. This is because evidence of competence from observation and questioning may be routinely gathered as work is carried out and there is no time frame within which competence must be shown.

6. I’m a training provider, how could I use Validate?

As a training provider, Validate can be a useful addition to your customer service office to:

  • Support training needs analysis or undertake skills audits
  • Complement existing non-formal training programmes
  • Offer a pathway to formal vocational or professional qualifications
  • Support and develop specific skill needs of clients
  • Support Health and Safety in the workplace

7. I’m an employer, how could I use Validate in my business?

Validate is designed to assess competences in the workplace, so you could use this assessment programme to support:

  • In-company training programmes, including identification of training needs and assessment of learning outcomes
  • Recruitment and selection activity
  • Company appraisal schemes
  • Annual benchmarking checks to ensure tasks continue to be performed according to company procedures
  • Progression to formal vocational or professional qualifications
  • Support and promote Health and Safety in the workplace

8. What are the benefits for individuals?

Validate’s modular format means that competence can be built over time, which allows individuals to build a range of skills that are directly relevant to the workplace, with some key benefits:

  • No paper-based exams or tests to stress over, just a simple on-the-job assessment
  • Recognition of skills and experience
  • Certificate of achievement
  • Useful addition to CV
  • Supports career progression
  • Endorses the skills that keep employees healthy and safe at work

9. Is there limit to the number of modules an individual can take?

No, there is not a limit to the number of modules that can be undertaken; however, each certificate holds a maximum 5 modules (though it can be less than 5).  The modules can be taken individually or as part of a longer programme to demonstrate competence. 

10. What happens if an individual does not meet the competency requirements?

Competency is based on mastery of skills.  If the assessor concludes that the individual does not currently meet the standard they receive feedback on areas for improvement and can repeat the assessment again at a later date.  Individuals may repeat an assessment any number of times until competent. 

11. What is included in the Validate toolkit?

  • A clipboard folder
  • One USB credit card flash drive (containing electronic copies of all the Validate modules currently available and administration forms)
  • Guide to Getting Started

12. How much does a Validate licence cost?

Validate is sold on an annual licence basis, with additional fees for certification and external quality assurance (EQA). 

  • Annual licence fee is £300
  • Certification fee £20 for a single certificate(volume discounts available)
  • External Quality Assurance £250 plus travel expenses)

There are some special Validate package deals available as well options for bulk purchase of certificates (link to pricing structure document).

13. How many Validate modules are there?

Currently, there are 27 modules, with more in the pipeline.  Further details will be made available via the WAMITAB website.

14. Can modules be purchased individually?

No, Validate is sold as a comprehensive toolkit and single modules cannot be purchased.

15. How is Validate quality assured?

This work-based assessment programme is regulated and quality assured by WAMITAB.  Our quality assurance procedures ensure that all products and services are delivered to a high standard that meets the needs of customers and stakeholders.  These procedures include ensuring:

  • that all users of Validate comply with the terms of the Service Level Agreement
  • all assessment decisions and assessment papers are signed, completed and passed to administrator
  • administrator enters correct details and managers any issues/disputes/appeals
  • full records are securely kept and maintained so available for inspection when required
  • users receive an annual visit to check compliance and monitor the delivery of assessment

16. Do assessors need an Assessor Certificate (or Award) (formerly known as an A1 Award) to be a Validate Assessor?

The key requirements to assess the Validate work-based assessment programme are:

  • relevant industry competence and experience
  • TAQA/CAVA qualifications

OR

  • relevant industry competence and experience
  • have passed the WAMITAB Assessor Development programme

17. What is the Validate Assessor Development programme?

The Validate Assessor Development Programme is a one-day interactive workshop designed for those with appropriate work experience and industry competence.  It is based on the relevant occupational standards and is intended to provide the necessary skills/knowledge to undertake the Validate assessments.  It covers the key topics such as planning for assessment; carrying out an assessment; feedback to candidates, recording keeping; quality assurance and the day finishes with a 30 minute test. 

18. How do I get started?

To apply for a Validate licence, download this application form and return the completed form to Helen Kemp (helen.kemp@wamitab.org.uk). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.