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Do I need to take the Continuing Competence Test?

Technically competent people in England and Wales are required to pass their Continuing Competence test every 2 years from the date published on either the Primary Qualification certificate (if this is your first Continuing Competence test) or from the date printed on the last Continuing Competence certificate (if you have taken the Continuing Competence test before) for the specific activity.

For further information on the Continuing Competence test or to book your test use the buttons on the right.

Please note:

WAMITAB uses the email address registered on the Pearson VUE booking system should we need to contact you regarding Continuing Competence results. Please be aware that if you register a general company email address or shared email address with Pearson VUE others could become aware of your results. On this basis, you may prefer to use a personal email address when registering with Pearson VUE.

Please note:

Everyone is automatically entered for the Generic Knowledge Test during the booking process, but you must be prepared to select your Activity Specific Test options at the Pearson VUE test centre on the day of the test.

Revision guides

To support those individuals undertaking their Continuing Competence test, we have developed a series of detailed revision guides that can be purchased from WAMITAB.

We have entered into a number of partnerships to provide discounted rates to members of certain trade bodies and associations, including:

  • British Vehicle Salvage Federation
  • Motor Vehicle Dismantlers Association

To purchase a revision guide, click on the link below…

Generic Knowledge Test

Everybody takes the Generic Knowledge Test (‘generic’) – the first section of the Continuing Competence test. This section comprises 18 questions on Legislation, Health and Safety and Environmental Protection. Once you have completed the Generic Knowledge Test you will be asked to take up to three Activity Specific Tests comprising 8 questions.

(Please note: The buttons below will take you to the generic syllabuses. Environment Agency source documents in support of continuing competence may have been withdrawn from circulation  as a result of  policy change although the content is  current. We provide the information in good faith for the purposes of the Continuing Competence test but it cannot be considered a substitute for obtaining detailed advice or guidance from the regulatory body in terms of site operational requirements. If a link is broken the resources may be found by searching the source title using a search engine.)

Syllabus areas

Learning Outcomes



The candidate will be able to:

Source

1.Waste Classification


Classifying waste
Waste codes
Waste acceptance
Waste hierarchy
1.1 Know how to classify different types of waste

1.2 Know how to use the Consolidated List of Wastes (EWC) to identify the correct codes for waste

1.3 Know the Waste Acceptance Criteria for landfill

1.4 Know how to apply the Waste Hierarchy to waste in order to comply with the Hierarchy Declaration
Environment Agency – How to Classify different types of waste
Waste Classification Technical Guidance  - WM3 2015
Waste Hierarchy Guidance – DEFRA June 2011
Environment Agency – Waste Acceptance at Landfills
Environment Agency - Treatment of Waste for Landfill
Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011

2.Duty of Care/ Carrier Registration


Registration of waste carriers
General requirement of duty of care (Inc. transport/transfer of waste)
Waste classification / Lists of Wastes (EWC)
Record keeping/ Waste Information
2.1 Know the responsibilities of all those who handle waste in terms of duty of care

2.2 Know the duty of care requirements for waste storage in order to prevent escape when transferring or receiving waste

2.4 Know the documentation required when receiving or sending waste for disposal or treatment (including the use of electronic transfer notes)

2.5 Know the written information required when transferring or receiving waste

2.6 Know the checks for certifications and permissions before accepting or passing on any waste
GOV.UK - Dispose of Business or Commercial Waste
GOV.UK - Dispose of Business or Commercial Waste: Waste Transfer Notes
Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice
Electronic Duty of Care – edoc
GOV.UK - Access the Public Register for Environmental Information
GOV.UK - Waste: Import and Export
Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011
Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014Waste Classification Technical Guidance  - WM3 2015

3.Hazardous Waste


Identification
Classification
Consignment
3.1 Know the common types of hazardous wastes

3.2 Know how to determine if a waste is hazardous or non-hazardous

3.3 Know the consignment procedure for hazardous waste
GOV.UK - Hazardous Waste Overview
Waste Classification Technical Guidance  - WM3 2015
GOV.UK - Hazardous Waste Consignment Notes

4.Environmental Permitting Regulations


Environmental Permits
Enforcement
Offences and penalties
Sentencing
Exemptions
Operator Competence
EMS
4.1 Know the purpose of an Environmental Permit

4.2 Know who can apply for an Environmental Permit

4.3 Know the consequences of not complying with an Environmental Permit and the enforcement options available to the Regulators

4.4 Know the offences and the penalties under the Environmental Permitting Regulations

4.5 Know the criteria within the Sentencing Guidelines used for determining penalties

4.6 Know what to do if:
– You require an Environmental Permit to be changed
– You need to transfer an Environmental Permit to somebody else
– You want to cancel an Environmental Permit

4.7 Know where to find details of exemptions and how to comply

4.8 Know the requirements for maintaining Operator Competence

4.9 Know why a written management system is essential to a site and how to ensure everyone complies with it
Environment Agency – Waste technical competence schemes (January 2012, V3)
Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010
The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012
The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Amendment Regulations 2013
The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015
The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2015
GOV.UK - Environment Agency enforcement, sanctions and offences
Environmental Offences – Sentencing Guidelines
Check if you need an environmental  permit
Application for an Environmental Permit Part A (version 9, Dec 2014)
Application for an Environmental Permit Part D2 (version 8, Dec 2013)
GOV.UK - Change, Transfer or Cancel Your Environmental Permit
CIWM/WAMITAB Operator Competence Scheme - Continuing Competence

Syllabus areas

Learning Outcomes


The candidate will be able to:

Source

1. Health and Safety Legislation


Legal responsibilities
COSHH
RIDDOR (reportable diseases)
1.1 Know the responsibilities of employers and employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

1.2 Know what is meant by the term ‘reasonably practicable’

1.3 Know why procedural compliance with health and safety legislation is monitored

1.4 Know what accidents require reporting to the Health and Safety Executive under RIDDOR

1.5 Know the main features and legal requirements of COSHH (including COSHH assessments)

1.6 Know how to recognise hazardous substances that may require COSHH assessments
HSE – Waste Management and recycling
HSE - HSG65: Managing for Health and Safety (2013)
HSE - Reporting accidents and incidents at work RIDDOR 2013 (2013)
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
HSE Guidance - COSHH
HSE - What is a ‘substance hazardous to health’?
HSE – Health and safety training in waste management and recycling

2. Noise, vibration and asbestos


Noise at work
RSI and Upper Limb Disorder
Asbestos
Vibration
2.1 Know the noise action ‘trigger’ levels

2.2 Know how to manage and mitigate noise levels caused by permitted activities on site

2.3 Know when exposure to hand-arm vibration and whole body vibration may occur

2.4 Know the requirements for controlling and preventing the effects of vibration at work

2.5 Know where to go for more information on controlling and preventing the effects of vibration at work

2.6 Know an operator’s responsibilities regarding potential exposure to Asbestos and other harmful substances when managing waste
HSE – Noise at Work (published 11/12)
HSE – Noise FAQs
HSE – Vibration at Work
HSE – Asbestos

3. Risk Assessment


Reasons for monitoring health and safety
Risk Assessment
3.1 Know the difference between a hazard and risk

3.2 Know the purpose of risk assessment

3.3 Know the first stage of risk control

3.4 Know why Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the last stage in risk control

3.5 Know the requirements for monitoring and ensuring staff practices comply with health and safety procedures
HSE – Controlling Risks in the workplace
HSE – Risk Assessment -  A Brief Guide to Controlling Risks in the Workplace
HSE - Risk Management – Frequently Asked Questions
HSE - Personal Protective Equipment at Work (2nd Edition)
HSE – The Health and Safety Toolbox: Personal Protective Equipment

4. People on site (staff and non-staff)


Traffic Management Plan
Onsite Contractors
Safety Signs
Safety Information
4.1 Know the purpose and main features of a Traffic Management Plan

4.2 Know the control measures used to minimise the risk posed by vehicles reversing on site

4.3 Know the responsibilities for onsite contractors with regards to health and safety

4.4 Know the different health and safety signs used on site

4.5 Know the safety information that should be given to anyone visiting the site
HSE - HSG136: Workplace transport safety (2005)
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
HSE – Safety Signs and Signals: Guidance on Regulations (2015)
HSE – HSG159: Managing Contractors – A Guide for Employers (2011)
HSE - Reversing
HSE – Waste Management and recycling

5. Permits to work


Requirements
Definitions
Explosive atmospheres
Confined spaces
5.1 Know what a Permit to Work is

5.2 Know when a Permit to Work is required

5.3 Know what is meant by the terms:
– an explosive atmosphere
– oxygen deficient areas (confined space)

5.4 Know the tests required before entering a confined space

5.5 Know who is permitted to enter a confined space once tests have been carried out

5.6 Know how to control the risk of falling from a height
HSE – Confined Spaces
HSE – Safe Work in Confined Spaces (2014)
HSE Guidance – DSEAR 2002
HSE – Dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres (2013)
HSE – Guidance – Confined Spaces
HSE – Confined Spaces: a brief guide to working safely (2013)
HSE – The Health and Safety Toolbox: Working at height.
HSE – The Work at Height Regulations 2005: a brief guide (2014)
HSE – Waste Management and recycling
The Health and safety toolbox: How to control risks at work

6. Requirements of Using equipment


Lifting Equipment
Work place equipment
Plant maintenance
6.1 Know the main features and legal requirements of:
– LOLER
– PUWER
6.2 Know the inspection frequencies for lifting equipment
6.3 Know what is meant by the terms:
– ‘roll-over-protection’
– S.W.L.
6.4 Know the routine maintenance required on:
– plant
– equipment
6.5 Know who can carry out maintenance on plant and equipment
HSE – Lifting Equipment at Work: a brief guide (2013)
HSE – LOLER Guidance
HSE – Providing and using Work Equipment Safely (2013)
HSE - Safe Use of Work Equipment: PUWER guidance (2014)
HSE – Waste Management and recycling
HSE – Maintenance – vehicles and machinery

7.Manual Handling


Manual handling techniques
7.1 Know the factors to consider when undertaking a manual handling task

7.2 Know the alternatives to manual lifting

7.3 Know what is meant by the term ‘team lifting’
HSE – Manual Handling
HSE – Manual Handling at Work: a brief guide (2012)
HSE – FAQs: Manual Handling
HSE – Team handling
HSE - Guidance for team handling tasks
ROSPA – What is Manual Handling?

Syllabus areas

Learning Outcome


The candidate will be able to:

Sources

1. Environmental Risks


Environmental Risk assessment
Awareness of pathways / receptors
‘Appropriate Measures’
Written Management System
1.1 Know the key criteria of a site environmental risk assessments

1.2 Know the difference between a risk and a hazard

1.3 Know what is meant by the term ‘appropriate measures’ used in relation to managing environmental risks

1.4 Know how to ensure a written management system enables compliance with permit and relevant Risk Assessments
Incident Response Planning: PPG 21 (2009)
PPG1:  General Guide to the Prevention of Pollution – July 2013
H1 Environmental Risks Assessment
H1 Amenity & accident risk from installations and waste activities
How to comply with your environmental permit v.6 June 2013 

2. Controlling Emissions


Control of litter, odour, mud, dust, vermin, noise and flies
Discharge of water from site
Major emissions from your facility which need managing / reporting
2.1 Know the difference between a point source and fugitive emissions

2.2 Know the ‘appropriate measures’ used to control nuisance to neighbours, including:

Mud,
Dust,
Litter
Pests
2.3 Know the ‘appropriate measures’ that can be used to prevent noise nuisance from the site

2.4 Know how to record the measures used in written management systems

2.5 Know who to apply to discharge surface water and liquids from a site to:

a watercourse
ground
sewer
2.6 Know the requirements of an emissions management plan

2.7 Know the requirements of an odour management plan

2.8 Know the requirements of a noise and vibration management plan
How to comply with your environmental permit v.6 June 2013 
H1 Amenity and accident risks from installations and waste activities
Environmental Permitting: H3 Part 2 noise assessment and control
Noise impact assessment: information requirements
Environmental permitting for discharges to surface water/groundwater

3. Containment and storage on site


Impermeable pavements
Sealed drainage
Hard standing
Bunding
Interceptors
Oil storage
Waste quarantine areas
3.1 Know the definition of the term ‘secondary containment’

3.2 Know the required checks for an on-site ‘sealed drainage system’ and bunded areas

3.3 Know the effect of using detergents for washing in an area served by an oil interceptor

3.4 Know the difference between ‘hard standing’ and an impermeable pavement/ impervious surface

3.5 Know the definition of the term ‘sealed drainage system’

3.6 Know the infrastructure requirements for the operational areas on a site including potential quarantined waste areas

3.7 Know the requirements for safely storing oil, other polluting liquids

3.8 Know the maintenance checks required to maintain site infrastructure and prevent pollution

3.9 Know how to manage and store combustible materials safely in accordance with a Fire Prevention Plan
Above Ground Oil Storage Tanks: PPG 2 
Use and design of oil separators in surface water drainage systems 
How to comply with your environmental permit v.6 June 2013
https://www.ciria.org/Resources/Free_publications/c736.aspx
Understanding permeable and impermeable surfaces
Fire Prevention Plans Guidance
WISH28: Reducing Fire Risk at Waste Management Sites 

4. Fires


Fire Prevention
4.1 Know the measures used to prevent fires and minimise their impact on a waste facility

4.2 Know when a Fire Prevention Plan is needed

4.3 Know the key elements of a Fire Prevention plan and how it should be implemented

4.4 Know the information that should be made available about a waste facility to emergency services in case of fire
WISH28: Reducing Fire Risk at Waste Management Sites 
Fire Prevention Plans Guidance

5. Environmental incidents and spillages on site


Steps needed to remediate problems
Prevention
Reporting
Enforcement
Spill kits (including what to do with the absorbents)
House keeping
Flood Risk
Surface water/ drainage
5.1 Know the actions to take in the event of a spillage or other accident which causes or could potentially cause environmental damage

5.2 Know the records, reports and notifications required in order to comply with permits

5.3 Know how to check if a facility is liable to flood in order to ensure appropriate measures are included in the written management system for the site to minimise environmental harm

5.4 Know the colour the Regulator recommends for foul water and surface water drain covers

5.5 Know the factors taken into account by the courts under the Sentencing Guidelines when deciding on penalties for environmental pollution/ non-compliance with permits
Pollution Prevention Pays
Incident Response Planning: PPG 21 (2009)
How to comply with your environmental permit v.6 June 2013 
Regulatory Guidance Series No 11: Enforcement powers
PPG2: Dealing with Spills – April 2011 
Environmental Offences: Definitive Guidelines
Environment Agency – Check flood warnings and river levels

Choosing an Activity-Specific Test

An Activity-Specific Test (AST) (or ‘option’) comprises 8 questions on the specific competence which you need to maintain and should relate directly to your Primary Competence certificate.

(Please note: The buttons below will take you to the activity specific syllabuses. Environment Agency source documents in support of continuing competence may have been withdrawn from circulation  as a result of  policy change although the content is  current. We provide the information in good faith for the purposes of the Continuing Competence test but it cannot be considered a substitute for obtaining detailed advice or guidance from the regulatory body in terms of site operational requirements. If a link is broken the resources may be found by searching the source title using a search engine.)

Syllabus AreasLearning OutcomesSource
1. Background and Legislation

Legislation
Management system
Finance
1.1 Know the legislation relevant to landfill:
Design
Construction
Operation
Closure
Aftercare

1.2 Know what is included in a site specific, written management system

1.3 Know the principles of financial provision for landfill

1.4 Know when to undertake a financial provision assessment

1.5 Know the timeframe and financial costs for the aftercare period according to guidance
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/understanding-the-landfill-directive-lfd-1
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/landfill-sector-technical-guidance
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/financial-provision-for-landfill
2. Site engineering2.1 Know the principles of ‘containment’

2.2 Know the characteristics of liner and capping designs

2.3 Know the elements of site construction which require Regulator approval
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-approach-to-landfill-engineering-lfe1
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/environmental-permitting-landfill-sector-technical-guidance
3. Waste acceptance3.1 Know how waste acceptance procedures and criteria apply to hazardous waste landfills

3.2 Know which wastes are banned from landfill and when to reject wastes

3.3 Know how to determine that a waste is liquid

3.4 Know the standards required for accepting asbestos

3.5 Know the requirements for on-site verification and sampling of waste received

3.6 Know how to identify if a waste is hazardous or not.

3.7 Know the Information required on a hazardous waste consignment note.
GOV UK Waste Acceptance at landfills
Technical Guidance WM3: Waste Classification – guidance on the classification and assessment of waste.
GOV.UK – Hazardous waste: consignment note- supplementary guidance
4. Pollution sources – landfill gas4.1 Know the principle reasons why landfill gas management is important

4.2 Know what elements should be covered in a landfill gas management plan

4.3 Know what should be included in a landfill gas monitoring and sampling plan

4.4 Know the actions to take if a perimeter borehole contains landfill gas components (methane, CO2) at a range of levels including above a compliance limit

4.5 Know what data should be recorded for each gas monitoring point

4.6 Know why landfill gas must be utilised

4.7 Know why it is important to control landfill gas and manage gas field balancing
GOV.UK Environmental Permitting: Landfill sector technical guidance
GOV.UK – Guidance on the management of landfill gas, LFTGN03
GOV.UK – Landfill: How to comply with your permit: Additional guidance
GOV.UK LFTGN04: guidance for monitoring trace components in landfill gas.
5. Pollution sources - leachate5.1 Know the requirements for managing leachate

5.2 Know why leachate levels must be maintained below a limit

5.3 Know the procedures for dealing with leachate above control levels and if a breach of compliance limit occurs

5.4 Know the principles of leachate treatment and the associated pollution risks

5.5 Know the requirements for a leachate re-circulation system including the infrastructure and precautions
Gov.UK: Guidance for the treatment of landfill leachate
GOV.UK LFTGN02: guidance on monitoring of landfill leachate, groundwater and surface water
GOV.UK – Landfill: How to comply with your permit: Additional guidance
GOV.UK Hydrogeological risk assessment for landfill
Environment Agency - Horizontal guidance Note H1
Waste Acceptance at Landfills
6. Control of amenity emissions

Litter, mud and fire
Noise, dust, odour
6.1 Know what actions to take to control litter and when to use these controls

6.2 Know the control measures for reducing the risk of fires on site

6.3 Know the procedures for dealing with fires on site

6.4 Know how to prevent mud and other debris from contaminating the public highway

6.5 Know the procedures for dealing with noise, dust, odours and other nuisance arising from the site
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/landfill-sector-technical-guidance
Environment Agency – Review and Investigation of deep-seated fires within landfill sites.
7. General landfill management activities

Stability
Settlement/ Compaction
Vehicle management
Cover
Restoration
7.1 Know how and where stability of the landfill may be a problem and what the recommendations for managing stability are

7.2 Know how to manage vehicles on landfill sites, including articulated vehicles, in line with WISH/HSE guidance

7.3 Know why it is important to cover waste with suitable materials

7.4 Know what is meant by the terms ‘settlement’ and ‘compaction’ within a landfill

7.5 Know how settlement and compaction can impact:
the restoration plan
the gas/ leachate management

7.5 Know the requirements for establishing and maintaining a network of stable, permanent survey control stations

7.6 Know the types of waste that might damage landfill liners and restoration layers
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/landfill-sector-technical-guidance
HSE – Workplace transport safety (published 05/13)
Environment Agency - LFE6: Guidance on using landfill cover materials
Environment Agency – How to comply with your Environmental Permit (Version 6, June 2013)
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
HSE: Guidance – Vehicle movements
HSE: Safe Transport in the waste and recycling industry
8. Groundwater and surface water monitoring8.1 Know the need for groundwater and surface water monitoring in and around a landfill

8.2 Know the difference between monitoring for operational performance and permit compliance limits and subsequent actions
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/monitoring-of-landfill-leachate-groundwater-and-surface-water-lftgn-02
Environment Agency - Horizontal guidance Note H1
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit. V6
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
9. Records and reports9.1 Know what records must be kept, for how long and when they might need to be submitted to a Regulator

9.2 Know when and how notification to the Regulator is required

9.3 Know the requirements for hazardous waste consignment returns to the Regulators and Producers
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit. V6
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
GOV.UK Hazardous waste: returns – supplementary guidance
10. Landfill closure and aftercare10.1 Know the requirements and content for an up to date closure and aftercare plan (including monitoring)

10.2 Know the requirements for definite closure of all or part of a site, including restoration prior to entering the aftercare phase

10.3 Know what the general requirements are for demonstrating standard permit surrender criteria have been met
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/understanding-the-landfill-directive-lfd-1
GOV.UK – How to surrender your Environmental Permit: landfill
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
11. Landfill specific Health and Safety

DSEAR
Fire
Vibration
11.1 Know what Dangerous Substances or areas of explosive atmospheres may exist on a landfill site

11.2 Know what should be identified within a Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) risk assessment for a landfill site

11.3 Know the operator responsibilities in relation to Area Classification and marking of zones

11.4 Know how to control ignition sources in order to reduce fire risk on a landfill site

11.5 Know what training and information is required for employees and contractors in relation to Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR)

11.6 Know the control measures for reducing the impact of whole body vibration as a result of driving vehicles on landfill sites
HSE: Dangerous Substances Explosive Atmospheres Regulations
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
HSE: Landfill fires – controlling the risk
Syllabus areasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Source
1. Background and Legislation

Legislation
Management system
Finance
1.1 Know the legislation relevant to landfill:
Design
Construction
Operation
Closure
Aftercare

1.2 Know what is included in a site specific, written management system

1.3 Know the principles of financial provision for landfill

1.4 Know when to undertake a financial provision assessment

1.5 Know the timeframe and financial costs for the aftercare period according to guidance
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/understanding-the-landfill-directive-lfd-1
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/landfill-sector-technical-guidance
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/financial-provision-for-landfill
2. Site engineering2.1 Know the principles of ‘containment’

2.2 Know the characteristics of liner and capping designs

2.3 Know the elements of site construction which require Regulator approval
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-approach-to-landfill-engineering-lfe1
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/environmental-permitting-landfill-sector-technical-guidance
3. Waste acceptance3.1 Know how waste acceptance procedures and criteria apply to non-hazardous waste landfills

3.2 Know which wastes are banned from landfill and when to reject wastes

3.3 Know how to determine that a waste is liquid

3.4 Know the standards required for accepting:

Stable non-reactive hazardous waste
Gypsum
Asbestos
3.5 Know the requirements for on site verification and sampling of waste received
GOV UK Waste Acceptance at landfills
Technical Guidance WM3: Waste Classification – guidance on the classification and assessment of waste.
GOV.UK – Hazardous waste: consignment note- supplementary guidance
4. Pollution sources - landfill gas4.1 Know the principle reasons why landfill gas management is important

4.2 Know what elements should be covered in a landfill gas management plan

4.3 Know what should be included in a landfill gas monitoring and sampling plan

4.4 Know the actions to take if a perimeter borehole contains landfill gas components (methane, CO2) at a range of levels including above a compliance limit

4.5 Know what data should be recorded for each gas monitoring point

4.6 Know why landfill gas should be collected, utilised and treated

4.7 Know why it is important to control of landfill gas and manage gas field balancing
GOV.UK Environmental Permitting: Landfill sector technical guidance
GOV.UK – Guidance on the management of landfill gas, LFTGN03
GOV.UK – Landfill: How to comply with your permit: Additional guidance
GOV.UK LFTGN04: guidance for monitoring trace components in landfill gas.
5. Pollution sources - leachate5.1 Know the requirements for managing leachate

5.2 Know why leachate levels must be maintained below a limit

5.3 Know the procedures for dealing with leachate above control levels and if a breach of compliance limit occurs

5.4 Know the principles of leachate treatment and the associated pollution risks

5.5 Know the requirements for a leachate re-circulation system including infrastructure and precautions

5.6 Know what information should be in a hydrogeological risk assessment
GOV.UK Guidance for the treatment of landfill leachate
GOV.UK LFTGN02: guidance on monitoring of landfill leachate, groundwater and surface water
GOV.UK – Landfill: How to comply with your permit: Additional guidance
GOV.UK Hydrogeological risk assessment for landfill
Environment Agency - Horizontal guidance Note H1 - Annex J 3.
Waste Acceptance at Landfills
6. Control of amenity emissions

Litter, mud and fire
Noise, dust, odour
6.1 Know what actions to take to control litter and when to use these controls

6.2 Know the control measures for reducing the risk of fires on site

6.3 Know the procedures for dealing with fires on site

6.4 Know how to prevent mud and other debris from contaminating the public highway

6.5 Know the procedures for dealing with noise, dust, odours and other nuisance arising from the site
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/landfill-sector-technical-guidance
Environment Agency – Review and Investigation of deep-seated fires within landfill sites.
7. General landfill management activities

Stability
Settlement/ Compaction
Vehicle management
Cover
Restoration
7.1 Know how and where stability of the landfill may be a problem and what the recommendations for managing stability are

7.2 Know how to manage vehicles on landfill sites, including articulated vehicles, in line with WISH/HSE guidance

7.3 Know why it is important to cover waste with suitable materials

7.4 Know the implications of ‘settlement’ and ‘compaction’ within a landfill

7.5 Know how settlement and compaction can impact:
the restoration plan
the gas/ leachate management

7.6 Know the requirements for establishing and maintaining a network of stable, permanent survey control stations

7.7 Know the types of waste that might damage landfill liners and restoration layers
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/landfill-sector-technical-guidance
HSE – Workplace transport safety (published 05/13)
Environment Agency - LFE6: Guidance on using landfill cover materials
Environment Agency – How to comply with your Environmental Permit (Version 6, June 2013)
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
HSE: Guidance – Vehicle movements
HSE: Safe Transport in the waste and recycling industry
8. Ground water and surface water monitoring8.1 Know the need for ground water and surface water monitoring in and around a landfill

8.2 Know the difference between monitoring for operational performance and permit compliance limits and subsequent actions
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/monitoring-of-landfill-leachate-groundwater-and-surface-water-lftgn-02
Environment Agency - Horizontal guidance Note H1 - Annex J 3
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit. V6
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
9. Records and reports9.1 Know what records must be kept, for how long and when they may need to be submitted to the regulator.

9.2 Know when and how notification to the Regulator is required.
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit. V6
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
GOV.UK Hazardous waste: returns – supplementary guidance
10. Landfill closure and aftercare10.1 Know the requirements and content for an up to date closure and aftercare plan (including monitoring)

10.2 Know the requirements for definite closure of all or part of a site, including restoration prior to entering the aftercare phase

10.3 Know what the general requirements are for demonstrating standard permit surrender criteria have been met
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/understanding-the-landfill-directive-lfd-1
GOV.UK – How to surrender your Environmental Permit: landfill
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
11. Health and Safety

DSEAR
Fire
Vibration
11.1 Know what Dangerous Substances or areas of explosive atmospheres may exist on a landfill site

11.2 Know what should be identified within a Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) risk assessment for a landfill site

11.3 Know the operator responsibilities in relation to Area Classification and marking of zones

11.4 Know how to control ignition sources in order to reduce fire risk on a landfill site

11.5 Know what training and information is required for employees and contractors in relation to Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR)

11.6 Know the control measures for reducing the impact of whole body vibration as a result of driving vehicles on landfill sites
HSE: Dangerous Substances Explosive Atmospheres Regulations
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
HSE: Landfill fires – controlling the risk
http://www.hse.gov.uk/vibration/wbv/risks.htm
Syllabus areasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Source
1. Background

Legislation
Management system
Finances
1.1 Know the legislation relevant to landfill:
Design
Construction
Operation
Closure
Aftercare

1.2 Know what is included in a site specific, written management system

1.3 Know the principles of financial provision for landfill

1.4 Know when to undertake a financial provision assessment

1.5 Know the timeframe and financial costs for the aftercare period according to guidance
GOV.UK LFD1 Understanding the Landfill Directive
GOV.UK Landfill: how to comply with your environmental permit – additional guidance
GOV.UK Financial provision for landfill
2. Site engineering2.1 Know the principles of ‘attenuation’

2.2 Know why a geological barrier is required

2.3 Know the elements of site construction that require Regulator approval
GOV.UK LFE1 Our Approach to Landfill Engineering
GOV.UK Environmental Permitting – Landfill sector technical guidance
GOV.UK Landfill: how to comply with your environmental permit – additional guidance
3. Waste acceptance3.1 Know what inert waste is (in accordance with the Landfill Directive definition)

3.2 Know the waste acceptance procedures and criteria that apply to inert waste landfills, including;
Waste acceptable without testing
Waste that must be tested
Technically Feasible
Landfill gas risk assessment

3.3 Know which wastes are banned from landfill and when to reject waste

3.4 Know how to determine that a waste is a liquid

3.5 Know the requirements of on site verification and sampling of waste received
Environment Agency – Waste acceptance at landfills (version 1, November 2010)
COUNCIL DECISION of 19 December 2002: establishing criteria and procedures for the acceptance of waste at landfills pursuant to Article 16 of and Annex II to Directive 1999/31/EC
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
Environment Agency – How to comply with your Environmental Permit (Version 6, June 2013)
Environment Agency – Guidance on the Management of Landfill Gas
4. Control of amenity emissions

Mud
Noise
Dust
Odour
4.1 Know how to prevent mud and other debris from contaminating the public highway

4.2 Know the procedures for dealing with noise, dust, odours and other nuisance arising from the site
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
5. General Landfill Management activities

Vehicle management
Surface water management
Restoration
Stable survey points
5.1 Know how to manage vehicles on a landfill site in line with WISH/HSE guidance

5.2 Know the implications of ‘settlement’ and ‘compaction’ within a landfill and the impact on restoration

5.3 Know the key indicators of surface water pollution from an inert landfill site

5.4 Know how to manage surface water arising within the site

5.5 Know the requirement for discharge controls

5.5 Know the requirements for establishing and maintaining a network of stable, permanent survey control stations
HSE – Workplace transport safety (published 05/13)
HSE: Safe transport in the waste and recycling industry
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
GOV.UK LFD1 Understanding the Landfill Directive
Environment Agency – LFGTGN 02 Monitoring of landfill leachate, groundwater and surface water.
Environment Agency (archive) – Environmental Permitting Regulations: Inert Waste Guidance - cut and paste the following link:
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328084622/http:/cdn.environment-agency.gov.uk/geho0509bpwj-e-e.pdf
6. Monitoring6.1 Know the requirements for monitoring in and around an inert landfill

6.2 Know the difference between monitoring for compliance and operational performance

6.3 Know when landfill gas monitoring and assessment may be required for an inert landfill site
Environment Agency – LFGTGN 02 Monitoring of landfill leachate, groundwater and surface water.
Environment Agency (archive) – Environmental Permitting Regulations: Inert Waste Guidance - cut and paste the following link:
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328084622/http:/cdn.environment-agency.gov.uk/geho0509bpwj-e-e.pdf
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
7. Records and reports7.1 Know what records must be kept and for how long.

7.2 Know what records must be submitted to the Regulator and how frequently

7.3 Know the ‘notifications requirements of permits
GOV.UK How to comply with your environmental permit
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
8. Landfill closure and aftercare8.1 Know why it is important to have an up to date closure and aftercare plan

8.2 Know the procedure for progressing a landfill through definite closure to aftercare
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional guidance for Landfill (EPR5.02) (March 2009)
GOV.UK Understanding the Landfill Directive LFD 1
Syllabus areasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Source
1. Background and legislation1.1 Know the legislation relevant to landfill management during aftercare for sites that closed;
Prior to July 2001
After July 2001

1.2 Know the importance and content of a site specific, written management system

1.3 Know the principles of financial provisions for landfill and how it applies during aftercare
GOV.UK: Understanding the landfill Directive
Landfill: How to comply with your environmental permit – additional guidance
GOV.UK: Financial provision for landfill
2. Site engineering2.1 Know the principles of ‘containment’

2.2 Know the principle elements of any capping system and how to maintain it

2.3 Know the elements of site construction that require Regulator approval
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-approach-to-landfill-engineering-lfe1
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/environmental-permitting-landfill-sector-technical-guidance
Landfill: How to comply with your environmental permit – additional guidance
GOV.UK: Understanding the landfill Directive
3. Landfill gas3.1 Know why landfill gas management is important during aftercare

3.2 Know the actions to take if a perimeter borehole contains methane above a compliance limit

3.3 Know what data should be recorded for each gas monitoring point

3.4 Know why landfill gas must be utilised
GOV.UK - LFTGNo3: Guidance on the management of landfill gas
GOV.UK – LFTGNo4: Guidance on the monitoring of trace components in landfill gas
4. Leachate4.1 Know why leachate levels must be maintained below a limit

4.2 Know the actions to take if the site has:
Leachate above control levels
If a breach of compliance limit occurs

4.3 Know the principles of leachate treatment and the associated pollution risks

4.4 Know what a leachate re-circulation system needs to achieve

4.5Know the infrastructure needed to support leachate re-circulation

4.6 Know what precautions need to be taken to recirculate leachate

4.7 Know the information required in a hydrogeological risk assessment
Environment Agency – TGN02 Monitoring landfill leachate, groundwater and surface water
GOV.UK Horizontal Guidance Note H1 – Annex J3 – Hydrogeological risk assessment for landfills
Landfill: How to comply with your environmental permit – additional guidance
GOV.UK – LFTGN02: guidance on monitoring of landfill leachate, groundwater and surface water.
5. Aftercare monitoring5.1 Know the implications of standing water on a capping system

5.2 Know why it is important to keep an up to date site closure, aftercare plan and closure report

5.3 Know why it is important to monitor in and around a closed landfill

5.4 Know the difference between monitoring for compliance and operational performance
GOV.UK Horizontal Guidance Note H1 – Annex J3 – Hydrogeological risk assessment for landfills
Environment Agency – Additional Guidance for Landfill (EPR 5.02) and other permanent deposits of waste: How to surrender your environmental permit (Version 2, issued 13/12/2012)
GOV.UK: Understanding the landfill Directive
6. Records and reports6.1 Know what records must be kept and for how long

6.2 Know what records need to be submitted to the regulator and at what frequency

6.3 Know the ‘notifications’ requirement of permits
Landfill: How to comply with your environmental permit – additional guidance
7. Permit surrender7.1 Know the permit surrender process and data requirementsEnvironment Agency – Additional Guidance for Landfill (EPR 5.02) and other permanent deposits of waste: How to surrender your environmental permit (Version 2, issued 13/12/2012)
Syllabus areasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Source
1. Classifying waste

WM3
Waste Hierarchy
WAC
1.1 Know how to determine if a mirror entry in the EWC is to be classified as non-hazardous or hazardous waste

1.2 Know the information sources which may be needed to determine if a waste has any hazard properties

1.3 Know how to apply the waste hierarchy to the management of any residues created from any hazardous waste treatment on site or any waste being transferred to another facility

1.4 Know how to comply with the Waste Acceptance Criteria for waste generated by treatment processes prior to disposal in a hazardous waste landfill
GOV.UK Classify different types of waste
GOV.UK Hazardous Waste Classification Technical Guidance
GOV.UK Waste Acceptance at Landfill
GOV.UK Waste legislation and Regulations
GOV.UK Guidance on applying the waste hierarchy to hazardous waste
2. Consignment procedures

Consignment process
Consignment notes
Producer and consignee returns
Records
2.1 Know the hazardous waste consignment process (including completion of consignment notes)

2.2 Know the actions required when hazardous waste is incorrectly consigned

2.3 Know how to complete producer and consignee returns (including where and when to send them)

2.4 Know the requirements for keeping records of waste movements (including keeping an up to date site inventory)
GOV.UK hazardous Waste- consignment notes
GOV.UK Hazardous waste - carriers
GOV.UK Hazardous waste: rejected loads – supplementary guidance
GOV.UK hazardous waste consignee returns
GOV.UK Hazardous waste consignees
GOV.UK Hazardous waste – producers and holders
GOV.UK: How to comply with your environmental permit.
3. Waste pre-acceptance

Characterising waste
3.1 Know the requirements for characterising wastes in advance of their receipt and why it is important

3.2 Know what information is required prior to accepting hazardous waste for treatment as part of the pre-acceptance process
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste - Section 2.1 .1
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste - section 2.1.2
GOV.UK Hazardous waste: rejected loads – supplementary guidance
4. Waste acceptance

Criteria
Audit Trail
4.1 Know how to manage wastes as they are received on site

4.2 Know the requirements for managing wastes which fail to meet the acceptance criteria and are to be rejected

4.3 Know the requirements for keeping an audit trail of wastes from pre-acceptance to treatment and/or removal off site and why it is important
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste - Section 2.1 .1
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste - section 2.1.2
GOV.UK Hazardous waste: rejected loads – supplementary guidance
5. Site infrastructure requirements

Drainage
Containers
Labelling
Segregation
Separation
Compatibility Testing
5.1 Know the requirements for infrastructure on a treatment and transfer hazardous waste site

5.2 Know the requirements for containers used to store and treat hazardous wastes

5.3 Know the requirements for labelling, waste segregation and separation

5.4 Know when compatibility testing would be required

5.5 Know the potential safeguards for managing the storage of combustible waste in order to prevent fire or to mitigate its effects

5.6 Know the information required regarding site drainage and its maintenance within a site management system
GOV.UK: How to comply with your environmental permit.[CP1]
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste Section 2.1.3
HSE – HSG71 Chemical Warehousing (4th edition, 2009)
CIRIA.org – containment systems for pollution prevention
GOV.UK Hazardous Waste Classification Technical Guidance
GOV.UK: Hazardous waste segregation and mixing
GOV.UK Fire Prevention Plans
WISH: Reducing Fire Risk at Waste Management Sites
6. Incident and accident management

Causes
Prevention
Plans
6.1 Know the causes of incidents and accidents on a treatment and transfer hazardous site

6.2 Know how to prevent incidents and accidents on a treatment and transfer hazardous site

6.3 Know what to include in a formal accident management plan

6.4 Know the actions an operator should take if staff or members of the public identify a potential non-compliance
GOV.UK Hazardous waste management facilities: review of incidents
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste Section 2.8
GOV.UK How to comply with your environmental permit.
7. Health and Safety

Training needs
Hazardous substances
7.1 Know how risk assessments can be used to identify training needs

7.2 Know what training waste operatives working on a treatment and transfer hazardous site should have

7.3 Know when health surveillance may be required for employees

7.4 Know the hazard labels

7.5 Know the health and safety implications for hazard label on waste materials

7.6 Know the Hazard Properties (HP) codes are for potentially hazardous wastes and of the implications for staff safety
HSE – Health and Safety Training: a brief guide (published 11/12)
HSE – Health and safety training in waste management and recycling (published 11/13)
HSE – Health and hazardous substances in waste and recycling
GOV.UK Hazardous Waste Classification Technical Guidance
Syllabus areasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Source
1. Classifying Waste

Non-hazardous mirror entries
Waste Acceptance criteria
Waste Hierarchy
1.1 Know how to determine if a mirror entry in the EWC is to be classified as non-hazardous or hazardous waste

1.2 Know how to apply the waste hierarchy to the management of any residues created from any waste treatment or any waste to be transferred to another facility

1.3 Know how to comply with the Waste Acceptance Criteria for waste generated by treatment processes which is to be transferred to landfill
GOV.UK Classify different types of waste
GOV.UK Hazardous Waste Classification Technical Guidance
GOV.UK Waste Acceptance at Landfill
GOV.UK Waste legislation and Regulations
DEFRA: Waste Hierarchy Guidance
GOV.UK SR2008 No3
GOV.UK SR2015 No 6
2. Waste acceptance

Checks required on Waste Transfer Notes (WTN)
Non-compliant waste
2.1 Know how to manage wastes as they are received on site

2.2 Know the checks required before wastes can be accepted on site

2.3 Know how to handle waste streams which contain non-compliant waste and are to be rejected

2.4 Know who is responsible for describing and classifying the waste

2.5 Know requirements for keeping an audit trail of wastes from pre-acceptance to treatment and/or removal off site

2.6 Know when additional requirements for pre-acceptance checks should be applied
GOV.UK – How to comply with your environmental permit.
GOV.UK Business and commercial waste – Duty of Care
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste
GOV.UK SR2008 No3
GOV.UK SR2015 No 6
3. Site infrastructure

Drainage
Containers
Secondary containment systems
3.1 Know the requirements for infrastructure in areas used to store non-hazardous wastes

3.2 Know the requirements for infrastructure in areas where treatment of non-hazardous wastes takes place

3.3 Know the requirements for containers used to store non-hazardous wastes

3.4 Know the storage requirements for liquids in secondary containment systems

3.5 Know the potential safeguards for managing the storage of combustible waste in order to prevent fire or to mitigate its effects

3.6 Know the information required regarding site drainage and its maintenance within a site management system
GOV.UK How to comply with your environmental permit
Understanding permeable and impermeable surfaces: Technical report on surfacing options and cost benefit analysis
Above Ground Oil Storage Tanks: PPG 2 – August 2011 – Environment Agency
GOV.UK SR2008 No3
GOV.UK SR2015 No 6
WISH: Reducing Fire Risk at Waste Management Sites
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste
4. Incident and Accident Management

Causes
Prevention
Plans
4.1 Know the causes of incidents and accidents on a non-hazardous treatment and transfer site

4.2 Know how to prevent incidents and accidents on a non-hazardous treatment and transfer site

4.3 Know what to include in a formal accident management plan

4.4 Know actions an operator should take if staff or members of the public identify a potential area of non-compliance
GOV.UK How to comply with your environmental permit
5. Health and safety

Training needs
5.1 Know how risk assessments can be used to identify training needs

5.2 Know what training waste operatives working on non-hazardous treatment and transfer sites should have

5.3 Know when health surveillance may be required for employees
HSE – Health and Safety Training: a brief guide (published 11/12)
HSE – Health and safety training in waste management and recycling (published 11/13)
Syllabus areasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Source
1. Classifying waste

WM3
Waste Hierarchy
WAC
1.1 Know how to determine if a mirror entry in the EWC is to be classified as non-hazardous or hazardous waste

1.2 Know the information sources which may be needed to determine if a waste has any hazard properties

1.3 Know how to apply the waste hierarchy to the management of any hazardous waste to be transferred to another facility

1.4 Know how to comply with the Waste Acceptance Criteria for waste which is to be transferred to a hazardous waste landfill
GOV.UK Classify different types of waste
GOV.UK Hazardous Waste Classification Technical Guidance
GOV.UK Waste Acceptance at Landfill
GOV.UK Waste legislation and Regulations
GOV.UK Guidance on applying the waste hierarchy to hazardous waste
2. Consignment procedures

Consignment process
Consignment notes
Producer and consignee returns
Records
2.1. Know the hazardous waste consignment process (including completion of consignment notes)

2.2. Know the actions required when hazardous waste is incorrectly consigned

2.3. Know how to complete producer and consignee returns (including where and when to send them)

2.4. Know the requirements for keeping records of waste movements (including keeping an up to date site inventory)
GOV.UK hazardous Waste- consignment notes
GOV.UK Hazardous waste - carriers
GOV.UK Hazardous waste: rejected loads – supplementary guidance
GOV.UK hazardous waste consignee returns
GOV.UK Hazardous waste consignees
GOV.UK Hazardous waste – producers and holders
GOV.UK: How to comply with your environmental permit.
3. Waste pre-acceptance

Characterising waste
3.1. Know the requirements for characterising wastes in advance of their receipt and why it is important

3.2. Know what information is required prior to accepting hazardous waste for transfer as part of the pre-acceptance process
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste - Section 2.1 .1
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste - section 2.1.2
GOV.UK Hazardous waste: rejected loads – supplementary guidance
4. Waste acceptance

Criteria
Audit Trail
4.1. Know how to manage wastes as they are received on site

4.2. Know the requirements for managing wastes which fail to meet the acceptance criteria

4.3. Know the requirements for keeping an audit trail of wastes from pre-acceptance to removal off site and why it is important
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste - Section 2.1 .1
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste - section 2.1.2
GOV.UK Hazardous waste: rejected loads – supplementary guidance
5. Site infrastructure requirements

Drainage
Containers
Labelling
Segregation
Separation
Compatibility Testing
5.1. Know the requirements for infrastructure on a transfer hazardous site

5.2. Know the requirements for containers used to store hazardous wastes

5.3. Know the requirements for labelling, waste segregation and separation on a transfer hazardous site

5.4. Know when compatibility testing would be required

5.5. Know the potential safeguards for managing the storage of combustible waste in order to prevent fire or to mitigate its effects

5.6. Know the information required regarding site drainage and its maintenance within a site management system
GOV.UK: How to comply with your environmental permit.[CP1]
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste Section 2.1.3
HSE – HSG71 Chemical Warehousing (4th edition, 2009)
CIRIA.org – containment systems for pollution prevention
GOV.UK Hazardous Waste Classification Technical Guidance
GOV.UK: Hazardous waste segregation and mixing
GOV.UK Fire Prevention Plans
WISH: Reducing Fire Risk at Waste Management Sites
6. Incident and accident management

Causes
Prevention
Plans
6.1. Know the causes of incidents and accidents on a transfer hazardous site

6.2. Know how to prevent incidents and accidents on a transfer hazardous site

6.3. Know what to include in a formal accident management plan

6.4. Know the actions an operator should take if staff or members of the public identify a potential area of non-compliance
GOV.UK Hazardous waste management facilities: review of incidents
GOV.UK Sector Guidance Note S5.06: recovery and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste Section 2.8
GOV.UK How to comply with your environmental permit.
7. Health and Safety

Training needs
Hazardous substances
7.1. Know how risk assessments can be used to identify training needs

7.2. Know what training waste operatives working on a transfer hazardous site should have

7.3. Know when health surveillance may be required for employees

7.4. Know the hazard labels,

7.5. Know the health and safety implications for hazard label on waste materials

7.6. Know the Hazard Properties (HP)codes for potentially hazardous wastes and the implications for staff safety
HSE – Health and Safety Training: a brief guide (published 11/12)
HSE – Health and safety training in waste management and recycling (published 11/13)
HSE – Health and hazardous substances in waste and recycling
GOV.UK Hazardous Waste Classification Technical Guidance
Syllabus areasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Source
1. Classifying Waste

Non Hazardous mirror entries
Waste Acceptance Criteria
Waste Hierarchy
1.1 Know how to determine if a mirror entry in the EWC is to be classified as non-hazardous or hazardous waste

1.2 Know how to apply the waste hierarchy to the management of any non-hazardous waste to be transferred for disposal or further treatment

1.3 Know how to comply with the Waste Acceptance Criteria for waste which is to be transferred to landfill
GOV.UK Classify different types of waste
GOV.UK Waste Acceptance at Landfill
GOV.UK Waste legislation and Regulations
DEFRA: Waste Hierarchy Guidance
GOV.UK SR2015No4
GOV.UK SR2008 No1
2. Waste acceptance

Checks required on Waste Transfer Notes (WTN)
Non-compliant waste
2.1 Know how to manage wastes as they are received on site

2.2 Know the checks required before wastes can be accepted on site

2.3 Know how to handle waste streams which contain non-compliant waste and are to be rejected

2.4 Know who is responsible for describing and classifying waste

2.5 Know requirements for keeping an audit trail of wastes from pre-acceptance to removal off site and why it is important
GOV.UK – How to comply with your environmental permit.
GOV.UK Business and commercial waste – Duty of Care
GOV.UK SR2015No4
GOV.UK SR2008 No1
3. Site infrastructure requirements

Drainage
Containers
Secondary containment systems
3.1 Know the requirements for infrastructure on a transfer non-hazardous site

3.2 Know the requirements for containers used to store non-hazardous wastes

3.3 Know the storage requirements for liquids in secondary containment systems

3.4 Know the potential safeguards for managing the storage of combustible waste in order to prevent fire or to mitigate its effects

3.5 Know the information required regarding site drainage and its maintenance within a site management system
GOV.UK –How to comply with your environmental permit
Understanding permeable and impermeable surfaces: Technical report on surfacing options and cost benefit analysis
Above Ground Oil Storage Tanks: PPG 2 – August 2011 – Environment Agency
GOV.UK SR2015No4
GOV.UK SR2008 No1
GOV.UK Fire Prevention Plans
WISH: Reducing Fire Risk at Waste Management Sites
4. Incident and Accident Management

Causes
Prevention
Plans
4.1 Know the causes of incidents and accidents on a non-hazardous transfer site

4.2 Know how to prevent incidents and accidents on a non-hazardous transfer site

4.3 Know what to include in a formal accident management plan

4.4 Know actions an operator should take if staff or members of the public identify a potential area of non-compliance
GOV.UK How to comply with your environmental permit
GOV.UK SR2015No4
GOV.UK SR2008 No1
5. Health and Safety

Training needs
5.1. Know how risk assessments can be used to identify training needs

5.2. Know what training waste operatives working on non-hazardous transfer sites should have

5.3. Know when health surveillance may be required for employees
HSE – Health and Safety Training: a brief guide (published 11/12)
HSE – Health and safety training in waste management and recycling (published 11/13)
Syllabus areasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Source
1. Storage and packaging

Container types
Packaging
Labelling
Storage
1.1 Know the type of container required for fully and partially discharged ‘sharps’ used to administer pharmaceuticals

1.2 Know the type of container required for ‘sharps’ that are infectious but have not been used to administer pharmaceuticals i.e. taking blood/ dissecting blades.

1.3 Know the type of container for waste contaminated with cytotoxic/cytostatic medicinal products.

1.4 Know the type of container for waste medicinal products that are non- cytotoxic/ cytostatic.

1.5 Know the type of packaging used for infectious healthcare wastes.

1.6 Know the UN marks on packaging that can be used for different types of wastes

1.7 Know how waste containers on site should be labelled

1.8 Know the ‘appropriate measures’ for safe storage of waste onsite

1.9 Know the ‘appropriate measures’ that should be taken when cleaning storage areas and containers

1.10 Know the ‘appropriate measures’ for managing clinical waste to avoid problems with odour, litter and vermin
Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: Safe Management of Healthcare Waste (2013)

HSE Guidance: Management of Healthcare Waste
Environment Agency - How to comply with your environmental permit: additional guidance for clinical waste (EPR 5.07) (Version 1.1, January 2011)
2. Classification of wastes2.1 Know which wastes are hazardous

2.2 Know which wastes are non-hazardous
Technical Guidance WM3 – Guidance on the Classification and Assessment of waste (1st edition, 2015)

Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: Safe Management of Healthcare Waste (2013)
3. Consignment procedures3.1 Know the paperwork is required when accepting consignments of hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

3.2 Know the frequency of returns to the Regulator made by a consignee of hazardous waste
GOV.UK –hazardous waste
GOV.UK – Receive and dispose of hazardous waste
GOV.UK - Your waste – your responsibility (Duty of Care)
Electronic Duty of Care
4. Waste Acceptance procedures

Pre-acceptance
Procedures and checks
Storage and disposal
Non-conforming wastes
Records
4.1 Know the requirements for pre-acceptance of clinical waste

4.2 Know the requirements for onsite waste acceptance procedures and checks

4.3 Know the requirements of a policy for the storage and disposal of rejected waste.

4.4 Know the actions required when non-conforming wastes are identified

4.5 Know what information should be recorded on the site waste tracking system
Environment Agency - How to comply with your environmental permit: additional guidance for clinical waste (EPR 5.07)(Version 1.1, January 2011)
5. Treatment and disposal options available for clinical waste

Infectious wastes
Wastes suitable/ unsuitable for landfill
High and low temperature (non-burn) treatments
5.1 Know the correct disposal routes for infectious wastes and sharps containers

5.2 Know what ‘rendered safe’ means for wastes going to landfill

5.3 Know when waste should not be macerated

5.4 Know which technologies are described as ‘high temperature’ and ‘non-burn/low temperature’

5.5 Know the requirements for Validation and Efficiency testing of treatment plants
Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: Safe Management of Healthcare Waste (2013)

Environment Agency - How to comply with your environmental permit: additional guidance for clinical waste (EPR 5.07)(Version 1.1, January 2011)
Syllabus areasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Sources
1. Site Remediation Strategy

The options appraisal
The remediation strategy
The Implementation plan
The verification plan
The monitoring and aftercare plan
1.1 Know the key requirements and role of the options appraisal

1.2 Know the key requirements and role of the remediation strategy

1.3 Know how contaminated land remediation can impact flooding risk and where this is identified within the site remediation strategy

1.4 Know the key requirements and role of the implementation plan

1.5 Know what specific issues the Local Authority and the Regulator will need to ensure is addressed within an implementation plan

1.6 Know the key requirements and role of the verification plan

1.7 Know the key requirements and role of the monitoring and maintenance plan
Environmental Protection Act 1990 Part 2A
The Water Resources Act 1991
The Water Resources Act 1991 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2009
Contaminated Land (England) Regulations 2006
The Contaminated Land (Wales) Regulations 2006
The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011
2. In-situ and ex-situ remediation

In-situ and ex-situ remediation
Environmental impacts of in-situ and ex-situ remediation techniques
2.1 Know the legal definition of waste in relation to remediation of land activities

2.2 Know the definitions of the terms:
in-situ remediation
ex-situ remediation

2.3 Know the in-situ remediation technique that may be employed under an Environmental Permit

2.4 Know the reason for choosing a range of remediation techniques

2.5 Know the environmental impacts of in-situ and ex-situ remediation techniques
GOV.UK options appraisal: identifying feasible remediation options.
GOV.UK: Land Contamination Technical Guidance
3. Deployment of mobile plant

Scope and timing of Deployment Form
Deployment Form MPP2 -information required
Management requirements
Notification requirements
3.1. Know what an operator working under a mobile plant permit is required to do prior to moving to a new site

3.2. Know what information the conceptual site model (CSM) should contain when submitting a Deployment Form

3.3. Know what aspects of waste acceptance procedures should be covered within a deployment form

3.4. Know how to identify authorised treatment technologies when completing a Deployment Form

3.5. Know the minimum requirements for attendance by a Technically Competent Manager (TCM) when undertaking an activity subject to a Deployment Form

3.6. Know the monitoring requirements to be included in Deployment Form MPP2

3.7. Know how long an activity can take place for under a deployment form
GOV.UK - MPP2 Guidance notes – Application for deployment of mobile plant for land and/or groundwater remediation (version 1)
GOV.UK – MPP2 Deployment Form (version 1)
GOV.UK - SR2008No27 - Mobile plant for the treatment of soils and contaminated material, substances or products (version 7.1)
GOV.UK – How to comply with your environmental permit (version 6, June 2013)
4. Standard Rules Permits

Bunding requirements
Standard Rules Permit (SRP)conditions
Abstraction
Trials
4.1. Know the minimum volumes required for bunding when storing non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL), fuels and oils

4.2. Know which remediation activities are covered by SR2008 No 27

4.3. Know what actions to take if planning a remediation technique which is not permitted by an appropriate Standard Rule Permit

4.4. Know the requirements of the SRP relating to records retention and security

4.5. Know how a Standard Rule Permit for a mobile plant identifies which waste types can be stored or treated in accordance with the permit

4.6. Know the limitations of the “mobile plant permit” with regards to water abstraction and the limit above which abstraction requires a licence or permit
GOV.UK – storing oil at your business.
Legislation.gov.uk – The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001
Environment Agency - SR2008No27 - Mobile plant for the treatment of soils and contaminated material, substances or products (version 7.1)
Environment Agency - MPP2 Guidance notes – Application for deployment of mobile plant for land and/or groundwater remediation (version 1)
Environment Agency – MPP2 Deployment Form (version 1)
GOV.UK Water Management: apply for a water abstraction or impoundment licence
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit(version 6, June 2013)
5. Waste disposal

Landfill
Waste Classification and Acceptance Criteria
Hazardous waste
5.1 Know what wastes can be sent off-site for disposal in a landfill site

5.2 Know what documentation is required for waste disposal in a landfill site

5.3 Know what type of laboratory analysis is used to characterise waste soils

5.4 Know the Waste Acceptance Criteria for depositing waste soils at an inert landfill

5.5 Know how to determine if a waste soil with a mirror entry is hazardous or non-hazardous

5.6 Know which Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are considered when determining whether a waste is hazardous or not

5.7 Know the information sources which may be needed to determine if a waste has any hazardous properties

5.8 Know the Hazard Properties (HP) codes for potentially hazardous wastes and the implications for staff safety
GOV.UK – Waste Acceptance at Landfills
WRAP – Quality Protocol for the Production of Aggregates from Inert Waste
GOV.UK Waste Classification technical guidance – WM3
GOV.UK: Land contamination: technical guidance: site characterisation – field and laboratory analysis
6. Environmental risk, monitoring and control

Dust, noise, odour
Bioremediation
Groundwater
Spills/leaks
Japanese Knotweed
Control of atmospheric volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions
6.1 Know the requirements for managing dust in accordance with Standard Rules and Regulator guidance

6.2 Know the requirements for managing any potential odour problems in accordance with Standard Rules and Regulator guidance

6.3 Know the requirements for managing any potential noise problems in accordance with Standard Rules and Regulator guidance

6.4 Know the noise levels that cause complaint

6.5 Know the two field parameters that are monitored during bioremediation

6.6 Know the action needed when encountering groundwater during the excavation of contaminated soils

6.7 Know what remedial action is necessary if unexpected water flow is experienced during excavations

6.8 Know what action is required in the event of a leaking fuel tank in the plant compound

6.9 Know what Japanese Knotweed is and how to deal with it

6.10Know the potential adverse effects of atmospheric VOC emissions

6.11Know the minimum requirements for documenting atmospheric VOC emissions
GOV.UK – Horizontal Guidance – H3 Noise
GOV.UK Environmental Permitting:H4 odour management
Environment Agency – MPP2 Deployment Form (version 1)
Environment Agency - MPP2 Guidance notes – Application for deployment of mobile plant for land and/or groundwater remediation (version 1)
GOV.UK – How to comply with your environmental permit
GOV.UK: Land Contamination Technical Guidance
GOV.UK Japanese Knotweed: managing on development sites
GOV.UK The biological control of Japanese Knotweed
GOV.UK Harmful weeds and invasive, non-native plants: prevent them spreading
7. Use of wastes

Waste Exemptions
Environmental Permits
WRAP Quality Protocol
CL:AIRE Code of Practice
7.1 Know the specific use of material under the U1 Waste Exemption

7.2 Know the quantity limits under the U1 Waste Exemption

7.3 Know the time period for quantity limits under the U1 Waste Exemption

7.4 Know the constraint on renewing exemptions

7.5 Know the alternatives for use of wastes when exemptions are not available

7.6 Know under what circumstances can a waste material from a contaminated land remediation site be consider NOT to be a waste
GOV.UK – U1 Use of Waste in Construction
CL:AIRE Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice
GOV.UK: Turn your waste into a new non-waste product or material
GOV.UK Quality Protocols: converting waste into non waste
Syllabus areas
Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Source
1. Waste Acceptance Procedures

Pre-acceptance procedures
Waste reception and storage
1.1Know information, checks and records required prior to accepting waste

1.2 Know the acceptance procedures for waste that arrives at the aerobic composting facility

1.3 Know the requirements for waste reception and storage at the aerobic composting facility

1.4 Know the procedures for waste rejection at an aerobic composting facility
How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional technical guidance for: composting and aerobic treatment sector
SR2012No3 (v2) Composting in closed systems
SR2012No7 (v2) Composting in open systems
SR2012No4 (v3) Composting in closed system (Part A Installation)
SR2012No8 (v3) Composting in open systems (Part A Installation)
2. Feedstocks

Feedstock source
Feedstock characterisation and sampling
Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT)
2.1 Know the characteristics that should be tested as part of a detailed feedstock characterisation

2.2 Know why non-source segregated feedstocks potentially pose a greater environmental risk when using the resulting compost-like output

2.3 Know the consequences of using contaminated feedstocks for the aerobic composting process

2.4 Know the consequences of using contaminated feedstocks for the Mechanical Biological Treatment process

2.5 Know how the residual wastes from an aerobic composting facility should be controlled and managed
Environment Agency – Sustainable management of biowastes: Compost-Like Output from Mechanical Biological Treatment of mixed source municipal wastes
DEFRA.GOV.UK Mechanical Biological Treatment of MSW.
Organics Recycling Group – An industry guide for the prevention and control of odours at biowaste processing facilities
SR2012No3 (v2) Composting in closed systems
SR2012No7 (v2) Composting in open systems
SR2012No4 (v3) Composting in closed system (Part A Installation)
SR2012No8 (v3) Composting in open systems (Part A Installation)
3. Accepting Animal By-Products

Animal By-Products Regulations
Food waste
HACCP plan
3.1 Know the types of aerobic composting facility that can handle catering waste according to Animal By-Product Regulations

3.2 Know the requirements for record keeping regarding Animal By-Products or food waste delivered to the site

3.3 Know what a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan is in relation to gaining Animal By-Products Regulations approval and what steps are required
The Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013
GOV.UK: Animal by-products categories, site approval and hygiene
GOV.UK: using animal by-products at compost and biogas sites
4. Odour control

Monitoring
mitigation
Feedstock control
Biofilters or other equivalent abatement systems
4.1 Know what circumstances odours may be produced during aerobic biological treatment processes

4.2 Know the odour problems associated with aerobic biological treatment processes and how to control them

4.3 Know the methods used to monitor odour on an aerobic composting facility

4.4 Know alternative methods to biofilters for odour control

4.5 Know the limitations of using sniff testing for monitoring odours

4.6 Know the information required in an odour management plan

4.7 Know the optimal operating conditions for Biofilters

4.8 Know how to identify the correct biofilter size for aerobic biological treatment processes
Organics Recycling Group – An industry guide for the prevention and control of odours at biowaste processing facilities
Environment Agency – How to comply with your Environmental Permit (V6, June 2013)
Environment Agency – H4: Odour Management (March 2011)
How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional technical guidance for: composting and aerobic treatment sector
SR2012No3 (v2) Composting in closed systems
SR2012No7 (v2) Composting in open systems
SR2012No4 (v3) Composting in closed system (Part A Installation)
SR2012No8 (v3) Composting in open systems (Part A Installation)
5. Bioaerosols management

Monitoring and control methods
No-effect zones
Biological risk assessments
5.1 Know the factors affecting a bioaerosol risk assessment for sensitive receptors

5.2 Know the methods used for bioaerosol abatement (including reducing point source releases)

5.3 Know where a safe/no-effect zone can be established with regard to bioaerosol exposure

5.4 Know the consequences of exposure to bioaerosols to staff and visitors and

5.5 Know how to manage the risk of exposure to bioaerosols
Environment Agency – Composting and potential health effects from bioaerosols: our interim guidance for permit applicants
[http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328084622/http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Research/Composting__bioaerosols.pdf]
How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional technical guidance for: composting and aerobic treatment sector
SR2012No3 (v2) Composting in closed systems
SR2012No7 (v2) Composting in open systems
SR2012No4 (v3) Composting in closed system (Part A Installation)
SR2012No8 (v3) Composting in open systems (Part A Installation)
Environment Agency – Composting and potential health effects from bioaerosols: our interim guidance for permit applicantshttp://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328084622/http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Research/Composting__bioaerosols.pdf
6. Standards

Quality Protocol
PAS 100
HACCP plan
Sanitisation
Stabilisation
Compost-like-output (CLO)
Storage requirements
6.1 Know what is required to prevent a ‘product’ being referred to as waste

6.2 Know the characteristics of:
a sanitisation regime
a stabilisation regime

6.3 Know how a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan can benefit a PAS 100 certified facility

6.4 Know the maximum amount of contaminants permitted under PAS 100

6.5 Know the records required in order to comply with PAS 100 and the Quality Protocol

6.6 Know under what conditions a compost like output can be applied to land from a non PAS 100 certified facility

6.7 Know the storage requirements on land for both compost and compost like outputs

6.8 Know the requirements and methods for source separation of feedstocks to meet PAS 100
Compost Quality Protocol
PAS 100: 2011 – Specification for Composted Materials (Please note you will need to request this document from WRAP, but it is free of charge)
SR2012No3 (v2) Composting in closed systems
SR2012No7 (v2) Composting in open systems
SR2012No4 (v3) Composting in closed system (Part A Installation)
SR2012No8 (v3) Composting in open systems (Part A Installation)
7. Process Principles

Process monitoring
pH and nutrients
Moisture content
Temperature
Feedstocks
Plant and equipment breakdown
Leachate
7.1 Know each phase of the aerobic composting process and how to manage it

7.2 Know the monitoring and control requirements for the aerobic composting process

7.3 Know the pH range for feedstock and how to manage it

7.4 Know the nutrient ratios for feedstocks and why they are important for effective treatment

7.5 Know the required moisture content for each phase of the aerobic composting process and how to manage it

7.6 Know the temperature requirements for each phase of the aerobic composting process and how to manage it

7.7 Know how to use feedstocks in relation to:
Optimum size of input materials
Preventing anaerobic conditions
Moisture levels

7.8 Know how to manage the aerobic composting process in accordance with regulatory and process requirements in the event of:
Plant breakdown
Equipment breakdown

7.9 Know what is good practice for using collected leachate within the aerobic composting process
Organics Recycling Group – An industry guide for the prevention and control of odours at biowaste processing facilities
How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional technical guidance for: composting and aerobic treatment sector
SR2012No3 (v2) Composting in closed systems
SR2012No7 (v2) Composting in open systems
SR2012No4 (v3) Composting in closed system (Part A Installation)
SR2012No8 (v3) Composting in open systems (Part A Installation)
GOV.UK Fire Prevention Plans
8. Other issues

Fire prevention
Vermin
Litter
Noise
Dust
Leachate management
Protection of surface water, sewer and groundwater
8.1 Know methods of preventing and managing fires on an aerobic composting facility

8.2 Know the requirements for pest and vermin control

8.3 Know the requirements for litter prevention and control

8.4 Know the methods for minimising noise emissions

8.5 Know the requirements for dust prevention and control

8.6 Know the requirements for control of leachate

8.7 Know the requirements for the protection of surface water, sewer and groundwater from substances not controlled by emission limits
How to comply with your environmental permit: Additional technical guidance for: composting and aerobic treatment sector
SR2012No3 (v2) Composting in closed systems
SR2012No7 (v2) Composting in open systems
SR2012No4 (v3) Composting in closed system (Part A Installation)
SR2012No8 (v3) Composting in open systems (Part A Installation)
GOV.UK: Fire Prevention Plans
WISH Guidance – Reducing fire risk at waste management sites
9. Health and Safety

Accidents management plan
9.1 Know what information should be included in a formal accident management planHow to comply with your environmental permit: Additional technical guidance for: composting and aerobic treatment sector
Syllabus areasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Sources
1. Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

Applying for a licence
Register of Licences
Revoking licences
Displaying licences
Verifying suppliers identity
Forms of payment
Keeping records
Offences
1.1 Know who is responsible for issuing scrap metal licences

1.2 Know the difference between a site licence and a collectors licence

1.3 Know the definition of a ‘suitable person’ when applying for a site licence

1.4 Know how long a licence is valid for

1.5 Know under what circumstances a licence can be revoked or conditions imposed

1.6 Know the conditions that may be imposed on a licence

1.7 Know the information required for the Register of Licences

1.8 Know who to notify when a licence is no longer required, and by when

1.9 Know where site licences and collectors licences must be displayed

1.10 Know what information is required to verify a supplier’s identity

1.11 Know what forms of payment are acceptable when paying for scrap metal

1.12 Know what records must be kept when receiving metal and disposing of metal

1.13 Know how long records for receipt/disposal of metal should be kept for

1.14 Know the offences under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 – Explanatory Notes
2. Management and Storage

Discharge of surface water
Standard Rules Permit (SRP)
Storage of oil and fuel
Tank and bunds checks
Spills and pollution prevention,
Storage of compressed gas cylinders
2.1 Know under what circumstances water can be lawfully discharged from a metal recycling site

2.2 Know how long waste can be stored under the Standard Rule Permit

2.3 Know the steps for dealing with waste received which is not authorised by the site permit

2.4 Know the infrastructure requirements for storage and treatment of different wastes on site, in accordance with Standard Rules and guidance

2.5 Know which treatment activities are allowed under a Standard Rule Permit and any that are specifically prohibited

2.6 Know the requirements for oil and fuel tank storage

2.7 Know the checks and maintenance requirements for tanks and bunded areas

2.8 Know how to deal with spillages of fuel and oils

2.9 Know the requirement for safe storage of compressed gas cylinders
Environment Agency – SR2008No21: Metal Recycling Site
OR
Environment Agency – SR2011No2: Metal Recycling Site
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit (V6, June 2013)
Environment Agency – Above Ground Oil Storage Tanks: PPG2 (August 2011)
HSE – Orphaned compressed gas cylinders in the waste and recycling industries (published 07/13)
The Waste Batteries and Accumulators (Amendment) Regulations 2015
3. Vehicle, plant and equipment

PPE
Role of banksmen
Reduce effects of noise and vibrations
3.1 Know when high visibility clothing should be worn and why

3.2 Know how to reduce the effects of noise and vibration from the site

3.3 Know when and how a banksman should be used
HSE – Section 5: Vehicle Movements
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit (V6, June 2013)
HSE - Controlling vibration
HSE – noise
4. Hazardous Waste

Types of hazardous waste,
Recognition of hazardous waste using EWC
Hazardous waste consignment
4.1 Know what wastes resulting from metal recycling site treatment are classified as hazardous

4.2 Know the correct List of Wastes (or EWC) codes for defining hazardous wastes

4.3 Know how long to keep hazardous wastes consignment notes

4.4 Know the paperwork needed for the disposal of hazardous wast
Environment Agency – Technical Guidance WM3: Hazardous Waste (1st edition, 2015)
Environment Agency – Move hazardous waste
Environment Agency – Hazardous Waste – Producers and Holders
Environment Agency – Technical Guidance WM3: Hazardous Waste (1st edition, 2015)
Syllabus areasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Source
1. Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

Applying for a licence
Register of Licences
Revoking licences
Displaying licences
Verifying suppliers identity
Forms of payment
Keeping records
Offences
1.1 Know who is responsible for issuing scrap metal licences

1.2 Know the difference between a site licence and a collectors licence

1.3 Know the definition of a ‘suitable person’ in terms of applying for a site licence

1.4 Know how long a licence is valid for

1.5 Know the circumstances under which a licence can be revoked or conditions imposed

1.6 Know the conditions that may be imposed on a licence

1.7 Know the information required for the Register of Licences

1.8 Know who to notify when a licence is no longer required, and by when

1.9 Know where site licences and collectors licences must be displayed

1.10 Know what information is required to verify a supplier’s identity

1.11 Know what forms of payment are acceptable when paying for end of life vehicles

1.12 Know what records must be kept when receiving and disposing of end of life vehicles

1.13 Know how long records for receipt/disposal of end of life vehicles should be kept for

1.14 Know the offences under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 – Explanatory Notes
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 supplementary guidance
Scrap Metal Dealers Register
2. Certificates of Destruction

Information required
Record keeping
2.1 Know what information is required about the holder/owner of the vehicle when completing a Certificate of Destruction

2.2 Know what information is required about the vehicle when completing a Certificate of Destruction
The End of Life Vehicles Regulations 2003
The End of Life Vehicles Regulations 2003 – schedule 3 minimum requirements for destruction
GOV.UK End of Life Vehicles: guidance for waste sites
3. Handling Petrol

Depollution
Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR)
3.1 Know the procedure for removing fuel from a fuel tank

3.2 Know why the battery is removed before the fuel tank is depolluted

3.3 Know the health and safety requirements for assessing the risk of fire and explosion when storing or handling petrol

3.4 Know how to ensure safe working in areas designated as ‘hazard areas’ in accordance with DSEAR

3.5 Know how to exclude ignition sources from a hazard area
GOV.UK - Depolluting End of Life Vehicles (Cars and Light Goods Vehicles): Guidance for Authorised Treatment Facilities (March 2011)

HSE – The safe recovery of petrol from end of life vehicle (published 07/15)
4. Depollution

Best Practice guidelines
4.1 Know the depollution sequence outlined in the Depollution Guidance for Authorised Treatment Facilities

4.2 Know the time delays, procedures and safety measures for airbag detonation

4.3 Know the procedures for:
Draining and removal of engine oil,
Draining gearbox transmission oil,
Removing brake and screen waste fluid,
Removing antifreeze and air conditioning refrigerants

4.4 Know where transmission and hydraulic oils are located

4.5 Know how to deal with shock absorbers and catalytic converters

4.6 Know the procedures an ATF should follow when removing LPG tanks

4.7 Know the requirements for dealing with F Gas when disposing of air conditioning units from vehicles
GOV.UK - Depolluting End of Life Vehicles (Cars and Light Goods Vehicles): Guidance for Authorised Treatment Facilities (March 2011)
GOV.UK End of Life Vehicles: guidance for waste sites
GOV.UK F Gas requirements for air conditioners in cars and other vehicles
BIS – Removal of LPG Tanks: Guidance(April 2011)
5. Site infrastructure

Specific requirements for different waste types
Requirements for storage areas
5.1 Know the surface and drainage requirements for storing:
Liquids
Contaminated materials
Hazardous waste

5.2 Know the storage conditions for lead-acid batteries

5.3 Know the storage conditions for un-depolluted vehicles

5.4 Know the minimum requirements for the separate storage of fluids removed from end of life vehicles

5.5 Know the minimum requirements for the storage of uncontaminated:
Plastics
Glass
Ferrous
Non-ferrous metal waste

5.6 Know the minimum requirements for checking, storing and maintaining containers of polluting liquids
Environment Agency – Standard Rules Permit SR2008No20_75kte: Vehicle Storage, Depollution and dismantling (authorised treatment) facility(June 2012, V5.0)
Environment Agency – Standard Rules Permit SR2011No3: Vehicle Storage, Depollution and dismantling (authorised treatment) facility( June 2013 V3.0)
Environment Agency – Standard Rules Permit SR2012 No14 Metal recycling, vehicle storage depollution and dismantling facility.
Environmental Permitting Regulations – Schedule 11 Waste Motor Vehicles
GOV.UK - Depolluting End of Life Vehicles (Cars and Light Goods Vehicles): Guidance for Authorised Treatment Facilities(March 2011)
How to Comply with your Environmental Permit
6. Hazardous Waste

Types of hazardous waste,
Recognition of hazardous waste using EWC
Hazardous waste consignment
6.1 Know the wastes classified as hazardous from end of life vehicle treatment

6.2 Know how to identify a hazardous wastes from the correct List of Wastes (EWC) codes

6.3 Know how to use guidance to identify the hazardous properties of waste

6.4 Know how long to keep hazardous wastes consignment notes

6.5 Know the paperwork needed for the disposal of hazardous waste

6.6 Know the frequency of returns to the Regulator made by a consignee of hazardous waste
Environment Agency – Technical Guidance WM3: Hazardous Waste(1st edition, 2015)
Environment Agency – Move hazardous waste
Environment Agency – Hazardous Waste – Producers and Holders
Environment Agency – Technical Guidance WM3: Hazardous Waste(1st edition, 2015)
7. Export of Waste7.1 Know the restrictions and controls relating to export of end of life vehicle waste outside of the UKGOV.UK Waste: Import and Export
Syllabus areasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Source
1. Waste Acceptance Procedures

Pre-acceptance procedures
Waste Reception and storage
1.1 Know what information, checks and records required prior to accepting waste

1.2 Know the acceptance procedures for waste that arrives at the anaerobic digestion facility

1.3 Know the requirements for waste reception and storage at the anaerobic digestion facility

1.4 Know the procedures for rejection at an anaerobic digestion facility
GOV.UK: How to comply with your environmental permit (v6 June 2013)
How to comply with your environmental permit. Additional guidance for: Anaerobic Digestion
WRAP – PAS110 (2014)
2. Feedstocks

Feedstock source
Feedstock characterisation and sampling
Contamination
2.1 Know the types of feedstocks available for anaerobic digestion

2.2 Know the characteristics that should be tested as part of a detailed feedstock characterisation

2.3 Know the consequences of using contaminated feedstocks for the anaerobic digestion process

2.4 Know how the residual wastes from an anaerobic digestion facility should be controlled and managed
GOV.UK: AD Quality Protocol
SR2012No11: Anaerobic Digestion facility including use of the resultant biogas
SR2012No11: Anaerobic Digestion facility including use of resultant biogas (Waste recovery operation – capacity less than 100 tonnes of waste per day)
3. Accepting Animal By Products

Animal By Products
HACCP plan
3.1 Know the requirements for handling materials covered by Animal By Product Regulations

3.2 Know how a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan can benefit a Animal By Products Regulations facility

3.3 Know the potential hazards to be assessed in relation to a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan

3.4 Know the control measures required for feedstocks containing meat
The Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013
GOV.UK: Animal by-products categories, site approval and hygiene
GOV.UK: using animal by-products at compost and biogas sites
4. Emission Control and Abatement

Point source emissions to air
Fugitive emissions to air
Odour management
Bioaerosols
emissions to surface water, groundwater and sewer
Dust
Noise and vibration
monitoring
4.1 Know the requirements for managing point source emissions to air

4.2 Know when the majority of fugitive emissions to air are likely to occur

4.3 Know the main methods of preventing point source emissions to air

4.4 Know the factors that determine the degree of odour pollution

4.5 Know the options for odour monitoring

4.6 Know the methods used to prevent odour pollution and minimise its impact

4.7 Know what information should be included in an odour management plan

4.8 Know where there is a risk of bioaerosols release from the anaerobic digestion process and how to mitigate it

4.9 Know the requirements for control of emissions to surface water, groundwater and the sewer

4.10 Know the control measures to supress dust creation and dispersion

4.11 Know control measures to minimise the emission of noise and vibration

4.12 Know what information is required if noise issues become relevant
How to comply with your environmental permit. Additional guidance for: Anaerobic Digestion
Organics Recycling Group – An industry guide for the prevention and control of odours at biowaste processing facilities
Environment Agency – How to comply with your Environmental Permit (V6, June 2013)
Environment Agency – H4: Odour Management (March 2011)
Environment Agency – Generic Environment Risk Assessment for AD SR2010No15
SR2012No11: Anaerobic Digestion facility including use of the resultant biogas V3.0
SR2012No11: Anaerobic Digestion facility including use of resultant biogas (Waste recovery operation – capacity less than 100 tonnes of waste per day)
5. Standards

AD Quality Protocol
PAS 110
HACCP
Records
5.1 Know the key principles of PAS 110

5.2 Know the treatment requirements for compliance with PAS 110

5.3 Know what is required in order to class an output from the anaerobic digestion process as a non waste material

5.4 Know the limitations and legislative compliance requirements if outputs are not certified as meeting PAS 110 and the Anaerobic Digestion Quality Protocol

5.5 Know what wastes (including bioplastics) are permitted in order to comply with PAS 110 and the AD Quality Protocol

5.6 Know what records need to be kept in order to comply with PAS 110 and the Quality Protocol

5.7 Know the principles of a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan and when it may apply

5.8 Know the maximum amount of contaminants permitted under PAS 110
AD Quality Protocol
WRAP – PAS110 (2014)
6. AD Process Principles

Pre-treatment
pH and nutrients
Pasteurisation
Management and use of non PAS 110 outputs
Biogas
Organic Loading Rate
Feedstocks
Plant and equipment breakdown
6.1 Know the principles of anaerobic digestion treatment

6.2 Know what pre-treatment may be required for different types of feedstock

6.3 Know what key factors need to be monitored during the digestion process

6.4 Know the pH range for feedstock and how to manage it

6.5 Know the consequences of having too much nitrogen within the anaerobic digestion process

6.6 Know the issues surrounding the production, storage, treatment and use of biogas

6.7 Know the requirements for pasteurization

6.8 Know how to identify the organic loading rate of the process

6.9 Know the options for disposal of biogas condensate

6.10Know the requirements for use of an auxiliary flare under a permit

6.11Know the regulatory and process requirements that need to be managed in case of plant and equipment breakdown

6.12Know the recommended nutrient ratios for an anaerobic digestion process for optimum methane production
WRAP – PAS110 (2014)
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit – Additional guidance for Anaerobic Digestion
SR2012No11: Anaerobic Digestion facility including use of the resultant biogas
SR2012No11: Anaerobic Digestion facility including use of resultant biogas (Waste recovery operation – capacity less than 100 tonnes of waste per day)
HSE – Confined Spaces (published 01/13)
7. Digestate

Storage
Sampling and testing
Treatments
Use
7.1 Know the requirements for the storage of digestate:
PAS 110 compliant
Non PAS 110 compliant

7.2 Know the regulatory requirements for the storage of digestate in a lagoon

7.3 Know when digestate sampling and testing may be required

7.4 Know what digestate treatments may be required, their benefits and their uses

7.5 Know the legal requirements for use of digestate not meeting the PAS 110 and the Anaerobic Digestion Quality Protocol
Environment Agency – How to comply with your environmental permit – Additional guidance for Anaerobic Digestion
SR2012No11: Anaerobic Digestion facility including use of the resultant biogas
SR2012No11: Anaerobic Digestion facility including use of resultant biogas (Waste recovery operation – capacity less than 100 tonnes of waste per day)
8. Health and Safety

Fire/ explosion prevention
Accidents and abnormal operation
DSEAR
Confined spaces
8.1 Know the hazards and risks associated with carrying out maintenance in a digester

8.2 Know of the control measures to mitigate the risk of fire, explosion and the other harmful physical effects from dangerous substances as required by the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002

8.3 Know what should be included in a formal accident management plan
HSE – DSEAR Guidance (published 2013)
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l138.htm
HSE – Confined Spaces (published 01/13)
Syllabus areasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Source
1. Site Infrastructure

Storage areas
Impermeable surfaces
Weatherproofing
Treatment
1.1 Know the storage requirements for WEEE prior to treatment

1.2 Know the technical requirements for sites undertaking WEEE treatment operations

1.3 Know the characteristics of impermeable surfaces used in WEEE treatment facilities

1.4 Know why weatherproof coverings are used by WEEE treatment facilities
Defra – Guidance on Best Available Treatment Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) and Treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130402151656/
2. Managing fluids in WEEE materials2.1 Know the requirements for treating and storing WEEE materials that contain fluidsDefra – Guidance on Best Available Treatment Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) and Treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
3. Handling hazardous WEEE

Classification
Consignment
3.1 Know the WEEE components classified as hazardous waste

3.2 Know the consignment procedures for hazardous WEEE
Environment Agency – Technical Guidance WM3: Interpretation of the definition and classification of hazardous waste (1st edition, August 2015)
Classification of Different Types of Waste
Hazardous waste - GOV.UK
Environment Agency - Consignee Returns – records
Environment Agency – Consignment notes
Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005
Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2009
4. WEEE Treatment

Treatment Guidelines/ Good practice
Removal of specific items
Weighing WEEE
Quality of WEEE derived materials
Contamination
Separately collected WEEE
4.1 Know the permitting arrangements for a facility treating WEEE

4.2 Know the items that must be removed from WEEE during treatment

4.3 Know the items that must be safely removed as whole items from any separately collected WEEE

4.4 Know the requirements for weighing WEEE prior to and after treatment

4.5 Know good practice for maximising the quality of WEEE derived materials

4.6 Know good practice for identifying and removing contaminated/non-conforming wastes from the WEEE
Defra – Guidance on Best Available Treatment Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) and Treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
BIS – WEEE Regulations 2013: Government Guidance Notes(March 2014)
WRAP – Treatment of WEEE
WRAP – Waste Treatment
5. WEEE items for reuse

Items for reuse
Quality standards
Good practice
5.1 Know the items which can be separated for reuse

5.2 Know the quality standards for the reuse of WEEE

5.3 Know good practice for the disassembly and storage of WEEE to increase potential for reuse

5.4 Know good practice for testing WEEE items for reuse
WRAP – The benefits of PAS 141
Defra – Guidance on Best Available Treatment Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) and Treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
WRAP – Treatment for Reuse
6. Exporting of WEEE

Legislation
Permits
Approvals
6.1 Know the circumstances where approval for exporting obligated WEEE is required

6.2 Know the permits, approvals and information required to export WEEE

6.3 Know legislation and regulations applicable to exporting WEEE
Environment Agency - Guidance note for approval as an approved authorised treatment facility (AATF) or approved exporter (AE) for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) (WMP7)(V6, July 2012)
GOV. UK – Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE): Exporting
7. Handle WEEE safely7.1 Know the hazards associated with handling hazardous WEEE itemsHSE Guidance – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recycling
8. WEEE evidence 8.1 Know the type of facility that can issue WEEE evidenceWaste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE): reuse and treatment - Detailed guidance - GOV.UK
Syllabus AreasLearning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:
Sources
1. Waste acceptance

Waste acceptance
Transfer Notes
Non-compliant waste
1.1 Know how to determine the suitability of waste for spreading in accordance with permit conditions

1.2 Know the onsite waste acceptance procedures and checks

1.3 Know the actions required when non-conforming wastes are identified

1.4 Know the information required on a Waste Transfer Note

1.5 Know who is responsible for characterising waste

1.6 Know the actions to take if you need to spread waste that is not listed in the standard rules
How to Comply with Your Environmental Permit (V6.0, June 2013)
How to comply with your Landspreading Permit (v2 2013)
Duty of Care
Waste Transfer Notes
Standard Rules/ permitting
SRP 2010 No. 4 (v3) Mobile Plant for Landspreading (land treatment resulting in benefit to agriculture or ecological improvement)
SRP 2010 No. 6 (v2) Mobile Plant for Landspreading of sewage sludge (land treatment resulting in benefit)
LPD1 Application for Deployment
LPD1 Guidance notes – Application Deployment
2. Storage requirements for waste materials to be spread to land

Storage requirements
Water and rainfall
Site infrastructure
Drainage requirements
Lagoons and containers
2.1 Know the storage requirements for waste materials which will be spread to land

2.2 Know the procedures for minimising pollution during storage of waste materials to be spread to land

2.3 Know the procedures for checking odour emissions from stored waste materials are within Permit limits

2.4 Know the control measures to put in place if emissions exceed permitted limits or are not controlled by set limits

2.5 Know the requirements for a sealed drainage system with an impermeable surface

2.6 Know the requirements for a secondary containment systems for liquid waste

2.7 Know how field drainage systems can affect the impact of watercourse contamination and how it can be controlled

2.8 Know the maximum capacities and freeboard of lagoons and containers
EA Guidance - H4 – Odour Management
How to Comply with Your Environmental Permit (V6.0, June 2013)
How to comply with your Landspreading Permit (v2 2013)
SRP 2010 No. 4 (v3) Mobile Plant for Landspreading (land treatment resulting in benefit to agriculture or ecological improvement)
SRP 2010 No. 6 (v2) Mobile Plant for Landspreading of sewage sludge (land treatment resulting in benefit)
Environment Agency – PPG 2 Above ground oil storage tanks
GOV.UK Duty of Care – Store waste correctly
3. Quality assuring the deployment process

Approval process
Deployment
Benefits of landspreading
Activity specific risks
Location plans
3.1 Know the procedure for gaining approval to enable deployment to spread waste to land

3.2 Know the benefit associated with spreading waste to the land

3.3 Know the requirements of an effective Environmental Management System (EMS)

3.4 Know why a site specific risk assessment may be required when spreading waste to land

3.5 Know the control measures used to mitigate risks when spreading waste to land

3.6 Know what information is required on a location plan

3.7 Know what to do if any changes to the deployment are required
LPD1 Application for Deployment
LPD1 Guidance notes – Application Deployment
How to Comply with Your Environmental Permit (V6.0, June 2013)
How to comply with your Landspreading Permit (v2 2013)
4. Environmental protection requirements for landspreading

Control of pests
Handling spillages
Odour control
Alternative techniques of spreading to land
Record keeping
4.1 Know the procedures for managing pests and scavengers during landspreading to minimise nuisance

4.2 Know the procedures for managing odour during landspreading in accordance with an odour management plan

4.3 Know the procedures for handling spillages on site

4.4 Know the record keeping requirements for land spreading data

4.5 Know the main features, benefits and risks of the different spreading techniques available
H4 – Odour Management
How to Comply with Your Environmental Permit (V6.0, June 2013)
Environment Agency – PPG 22 – Dealing with Spills
Environment Agency – PPG1 Understanding your Environmental Responsibilities
SRP 2010 No. 4 (v3) Mobile Plant for Landspreading (land treatment resulting in benefit to agriculture or ecological improvement)
SRP 2010 No. 6 (v2) Mobile Plant for Landspreading of sewage sludge (land treatment resulting in benefit)
GOV.UK How to comply with your Landspreading Permit
Environment Agency – PPG 22 – Dealing with Spills
Horizontal Guidance for Noise Part 2 – Noise Assessment and Control

Six Practice Questions

To download a short PowerPoint presentation showing the actual screens you will see when answering questions at the test centre, please follow this link: Practice Questions

Free Revision Summaries

To support those individuals undertaking their Continuing Competence test, we have developed a series of revision summaries that can be downloaded free from the WAMITAB website.

Accredited Continuing Competence Courses

About the test

The CIWM/WAMITAB continuing competence scheme is administered by Pearson VUE. To make the booking you will need a valid credit or debit card and you select the location, date and time of your test through the Pearson VUE booking system.

When you use the Pearson VUE booking system you will be asked for your WAMITAB ID. However, if you have never taken a Continuing Competence test with Pearson VUE then you will not have a WAMITAB ID. In this case you should select “No, I don’t know my WAMITAB ID” to continue the process. If you are still experiencing problems, you will need to call Pearson VUE on 0161 855 7316. WAMITAB is unable to provide help as we do not issue this ID.

If you have lost your log in details since the last time you sat your Continuing Competence test then you will need to click on the “Forgot my username” or “Forgot my password” links on the Pearson VUE booking system. If you are still experiencing problems, you will need to call Pearson VUE on 0161 855 7316 for further assistance.

In addition to the usual name, address and contact details you will now also be asked:

  • To list your form of Primary Competence (e.g. WAMITAB 4/6/12 Unit certificate, COTC, EPOC certificate, deemed competent or agency assessed).
  • To enter your environmental permit number(s) (if applicable/available)

We ask that you arrive at the test centre 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will give you adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures. Be prepared to show a valid form of personal identification. Pearson VUE will not seat a candidate for an exam unless he/she provides valid ID which contains a photo and a signature e.g. a valid signed UK photocard driving licence (full or provisional) or a valid signed passport of any country containing the candidate’s photograph and signature.

Important Note

Everybody taking the test is automatically entered for the three generic elements of the test: Environmental Protection, Health and Safety and Legislation. However, on the day of the test you will need to be prepared to select your Activity Specific Test(s).

You will be able to select up to three Activity Specific Tests. You do not have to take three Activity Specific Tests; the options you select will be based on the area of competence you need to achieve for your waste site.

If you are not sure which Activity Specific Test(s) to take, contact your local Environment Agency or visit the Activity Specific Test area of the website for guidance.

Choosing an Activity-Specific Test

An Activity-Specific Test (AST) (or ‘option’) comprises 8 questions on the specific competence which you need to maintain. This section is designed to give you an idea of which Activity Specific Test you will need to take during your continuing competence because you need to know before entering the Pearson VUE test centre.

  Corresponding Competence Title  CodesActivity Specific Test  Test Code
Managing Landfill Operations: Special Waste (Level 4) L4-ALandfill - Hazardous Waste   LH
Managing Landfill Operations: Special Waste (Level 4) LS4 Landfill - Hazardous Waste   LH
Managing Landfill: Hazardous Waste (Level 4)4LHLandfill - Hazardous Waste   LH
Level 4 – Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Landfill – Hazardous Waste4MLHLandfill - Hazardous Waste   LH
Level 4 – Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Landfill – Hazardous Waste Single Stream4MLHSLandfill - Hazardous Waste   LH
Level 4 – Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Closed Landfill Site4MCLLandfill - Hazardous Waste   LH
Managing Landfill: Hazardous Waste (Level 4) Single Waste Stream 4LHSWS Landfill - Hazardous Waste   LH
WAMITAB Level 4 High Risk Operator Competence for Managing Open Hazardous LandfillHROC1a HROC1bLandfill - Hazardous Waste   LH
WAMITAB Level 4 High Risk Operator Competence for Closed LandfillHROC3Landfill - Hazardous Waste   LH
Managing Landfill Operations: Biodegradable Waste (Level 4) L4-BLandfill - Non - Hazardous WasteLNH
Managing Landfill Operations: Biodegradable Waste (Level 4) LB4 Landfill - Non - Hazardous WasteLNH
Managing Landfill: Non-Hazardous Waste (Level 4) 4LNH Landfill - Non - Hazardous WasteLNH
Managing Landfill: Non-Hazardous Waste (Level 4) (Single Stream)   4LNHSWS Landfill - Non - Hazardous WasteLNH
Level 4 – Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Landfill – Non Hazardous Waste4MLNHLandfill - Non - Hazardous WasteLNH
Level 4 – Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Landfill – Non Hazardous Waste Single Stream4MLNHSLandfill - Non - Hazardous WasteLNH
Level 4 – Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Closed Landfill Site4MCLLandfill - Non - Hazardous WasteLNH
WAMITAB Level 4 High Risk Operator Competence for Managing Open Non-Hazardous LandfillHROC2a HROC2bLandfill - Non - Hazardous WasteLNH
WAMITAB Level 4 High Risk Operator Competence for Closed LandfillHROC3Landfill - Non - Hazardous WasteLNH
Landfill Operations: Inert Waste (Level 3)L3Landfill - Inert Waste   LIN   
Landfill Operations: Inert Waste (Level 3)LI3Landfill - Inert Waste   LIN   
Inert Waste (Landfill) 3INL Landfill - Inert Waste   LIN   
Inert Waste landfill (Single Waste Stream)     3INLSWS Landfill - Inert Waste   LIN   
Open Inert LandfillVRQ Unit 6eLandfill - Inert Waste   LIN   
Open Inert Landfill Single Waste StreamVRQ Unit 6eLandfill - Inert Waste   LIN   
Open Inert Landfill4MLIO6Landfill - Inert Waste   LIN  
Open Inert Landfill Single Waste Stream4MLISO6Landfill - Inert Waste   LIN  
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Open Inert LandfillMROC7Landfill - Inert Waste   LIN   
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Open Inert Landfill Single Waste StreamMROC8Landfill - Inert Waste   LIN   
Closed Landfill 3CLLandfill - ClosedLC 
Closed Inert LandfillVRQ Unit 6eLandfill - ClosedLC 
Closed Inert Landfill4MLIC6Landfill - ClosedLC 
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Closed Inert LandfillMROC9Landfill - ClosedLC 
Managing Treatment Operations: Special Waste (Level 4)T4-ATreatment -Hazardous WasteTMH
Managing Treatment Operations: Clinical or Special Waste (Level 4)TMS4Treatment -Hazardous WasteTMH
Managing Treatment Hazardous Waste4TMHTreatment -Hazardous WasteTMH
Level 4 – Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Thermal Treatment – Hazardous Waste4MTTHTreatment -Hazardous WasteTMH
WAMITAB Level 4 High Risk Operator Competence for Managing Thermal Treatment of Hazardous WasteHROC5aTreatment -Hazardous WasteTMH
Level 4 - Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Physical & Chemical Treatment - Hazardous Waste4MPTHTreatment -Hazardous WasteTMH
WAMITAB Level 4 High Risk Operator Competence for Managing physical and Chemical Treatment of Hazardous WasteHROC6Treatment -Hazardous WasteTMH
Mobile plant permit for the treatment of asphalt waste containing coal tar4MTMPA6Treatment -Hazardous WasteTMH
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Physical Treatment  (asphalt containing coal tar)MROC2Treatment -Hazardous WasteTMH
Civic Amenity and Household Waste Recycling CentresVRQ Unit 6aTreatment -Hazardous WasteTMH
Civic Amenity and Household Waste Recycling Centres4MCAH6Treatment -Hazardous WasteTMH
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Household Waste Recycling CentresMROC14aTreatment -Hazardous WasteTMH
Treatment Operations: Inert Waste (Level 3)T3-ATreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Treatment Operations: Inert Waste (Level 3)TMI3Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Managing Treatment Operations: Biodegradable Waste (Level 4)TMB4Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Managing Treatment Non-Hazardous Waste 4TMNHTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Inert Waste (Treatment)3INTMTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Deposit in lagoons of non-hazardous dredgings from waterways4MLNHLD6Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Storage and treatment of dredgings from waterways4MLNHSD6Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT)4MTMBT6Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Use of waste in a deposit for recovery operation (construction, reclamation, restoration or improvement of land other than by mobile plant4MTMDR6Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Inert transfer/physical treatment4MTMI4Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Non-hazardous sludge – biological, chemical and physical4MTMNHS6Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Other Mobile Treatment Facilities (Non-hazardous)4MTMPO6Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Mobile plant for treatment of waste to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregate4MTMPS4Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Use of waste to manufacture timber or construction products4MTMTC6Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Treatment of waste wood for recovery4MTMTR6Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Material Recovery Facilities4MTMRF6Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Treatment of waste to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregate4MTMS4Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Treatment of land for reclamation, restoration or improvement of land  4MTRR6  Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Non-hazardous transfer with treatmentVRQ Unit 6aTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Treatment of waste woodVRQ Unit 6aTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Material Recovery FacilityVRQ Unit 6aTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Civic Amenity and Household Waste Recycling CentresVRQ Unit 6aTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Mobile plant for treatment of waste to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregate VRQ Unit 6aTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Treatment of waste to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregateVRQ Unit 6aTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Inert physical treatmentVRQ Unit 6aTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Non-hazardous sludgeVRQ Unit 6bTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Non-hazardous transfer with treatment4MPTNH6Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Non-Hazardous Waste Treatment and TransferMROC1Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Non-Hazardous Sludge and Landspreading  (Non-haz sludge only)MROC10bTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Dredgings ManagementMROC11Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Civic Amenity and Household Waste Recycling Centres4MCANH6Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Household Waste Recycling CentresMROC14bTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Mechanical Biological TreatmentVRQ Unit 6fTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Mechanical Biological TreatmentMROC18Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
WAMITAB Level 4 low Risk Operator Competence for Non-Hazardous Treatment to Produce SoilLROC2Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Managing Thermal
Processing for Waste and Resources
VRQ Unit 6cTreatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
WAMITAB Level 4 Low Risk Operator Competence for Inert Physical TreatmentLROC4Treatment - Non - HazardousTMNH
Managing Transfer Operations: Special Waste (Level 4)T4-BTransfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
Managing Transfer Operations: Clinical or Special Waste (Level 4)TSS4Transfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
Managing Transfer Hazardous Waste4TSHTransfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
Managing Incineration Operations: Special Waste (Level 4)T4-CTransfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
Managing Incineration Operations: Special Waste (Level 4)INC4Transfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
Managing Incineration (Level 4)4INCTransfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
Level 4 - Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Transfer - Hazardous Waste4MTSHTransfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
WAMITAB Level 4 High Risk Operator Competence for Managing Transfer of Hazardous WasteHROC4aTransfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
Civic Amenity and Household Waste Recycling CentresVRQ Unit 6aTransfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
Civic Amenity and Household Waste Recycling Centres4MCAH6Transfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Managing Household Waste Recycling CentresMROC14aTransfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
Storage of Electrical Insulating Oil4MTSEIO6Transfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Storage of Electrical Insulating Oil (Old Title)MROC17Transfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Storage of Hazardous WasteMROC17Transfer - Hazardous WasteTSH
Transfer Operations: Inert Waste (Level 3)T3-BTransfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Civic Amenity Site Operations (Level 3)T3-CTransfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Civic Amenity Site Operations (Level 3)CA3Transfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Managing Transfer Operations: Biodegradable Waste (Level 4)TSB4Transfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Transfer Operations: Inert Waste (Level 3)TSI3Transfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Managing Transfer Non-Hazardous Waste4TSNHTransfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Inert Waste (Transfer)3INTSTransfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Civic Amenity Site3CASTransfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Non-hazardous transfer without treatment4MTSNH6Transfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Non-Hazardous Waste TransferMROC12Transfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Non-hazardous transfer without treatmentVRQ Unit 6aTransfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Inert transferVRQ Unit 6aTransfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Storage of inert wasteVRQ Unit 6aTransfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
In-house storage of non-hazardous wasteVRQ Unit 6aTransfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Civic Amenity and Household Waste Recycling CentresVRQ Unit 6aTransfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Civic Amenity and Household Waste Recycling Centres4MCANH6Transfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Household Waste Recycling CentreMROC14bTransfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Inert transfer/physical treatment4MTSI4Transfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
WAMITAB Level 4 Low Risk Operator Competence for Non-Hazardous Waste Transfer and StorageLROC1Transfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
In-house storage of waste4MTSIHS4Transfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
WAMITAB Level 4 Low Risk Operator Competence for Inert Storage and TransferLROC3Transfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Use of wastes in construction4MTSCO4Transfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
WAMITAB Level 4 Low Risk Operator Competence for Construction WasteLROC5Transfer - Non - Hazardous WasteTSNH
Managing Treatment Hazardous Waste (Clinical)                              4TMHC Clinical WasteCW
Managing Treatment Non-Hazardous Waste (Clinical)4TMNHCClinical WasteCW
Managing Transfer Hazardous Waste (Clinical)4TSHCClinical WasteCW
Managing Transfer Non-Hazardous Waste (Clinical)4TSNHCClinical WasteCW
Level 4 - Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Transfer – Hazardous Clinical Waste4MTSHCClinical WasteCW
Level 4 - Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Thermal Treatment - Hazardous Waste4MTTHCClinical WasteCW
Non-hazardous clinical waste transfer/ treatment4MTTNHCClinical WasteCW
Non-hazardous clinical waste transfer/ treatment4MTSNHC6Clinical WasteCW
WAMITAB Level 4 High Risk Operator Competence for Managing Transfer of Hazardous WasteHROC4bClinical WasteCW
WAMITAB Level 4 High Risk Operator Competence for Managing Thermal Treatment of Hazardous WasteHROC5bClinical WasteCW
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Non-Hazardous Clinical Waste TreatmentMROC15Clinical WasteCW
WAMITAB Level 4 Medium Risk Operator Competence for Non-Hazardous Clinical Waste TransferMROC16Clinical WasteCW
Managing Treatment Hazardous Waste (Remediation of Contaminated Land)4TMHCL Contaminated Land Remediation  CLR  
Managing Treatment Non-Hazardous Waste (Remediation of Contaminated Land)               4TMNHCL Contaminated Land Remediation  CLR  
Contaminated Land Remediation 4MTNHR6 Contaminated Land Remediation  CLR  
Contaminated Land Remediation VRQ Unit 6dContaminated Land Remediation  CLR  
Contaminated Land Remediation MROC13Contaminated Land Remediation  CLR  
Mobile Plant for treatment of land for land reclamation, restoration or improvement4MTMPRR6Contaminated Land Remediation  CLR  
Managing Treatment Non-Hazardous Waste (Composting biodegradable wastes, open windrow composting and closed vessel composting)4COMPAerobic CompostingAC
Managing Treatment Non-Hazardous Waste (Composting biodegradable wastes, open windrow composting and closed vessel composting)4COM6Aerobic CompostingAC
Managing Treatment Non-Hazardous Waste (Composting biodegradable wastes, open windrow composting and closed vessel composting)4MBTOW6Aerobic CompostingAC
Managing Treatment Non-Hazardous Waste (Composting biodegradable wastes, open windrow composting and closed vessel composting)4MBTIV6 Aerobic CompostingAC
Managing Treatment Non-Hazardous Waste (Composting biodegradable wastes, open windrow composting and closed vessel composting)VRQ Unit 6bAerobic CompostingAC
Managing Treatment Non-Hazardous Waste (Composting biodegradable wastes, open windrow composting and closed vessel composting)MROC3Aerobic CompostingAC
Managing Treatment Non-Hazardous Waste (Composting biodegradable wastes, open windrow composting and closed vessel composting)MROC4Aerobic CompostingAC
Metal Recycling Sites4MTMRS4Metal Recycling SitesMRS 
Metal Recycling Sites4MTMRS6Metal Recycling SitesMRS 
Metal Recycling SitesMROC1Metal Recycling SitesMRS 
Metal Recycling SitesLROC1Metal Recycling SitesMRS 
End of Life Vehicles4MTELV6End of Life VehiclesELV 
End of Life VehiclesMROC2 End of Life VehiclesELV 
Anaerobic Digestion4MBTAD6 Anaerobic DigestionAD 
Anaerobic Digestion4MBTFAD6 Anaerobic DigestionAD 
Anaerobic Digestion4MBTSAD6Anaerobic DigestionAD 
Anaerobic DigestionVRQ Unit 6bAnaerobic DigestionAD 
Anaerobic DigestionMROC5Anaerobic DigestionAD 
Anaerobic DigestionMROC6 Anaerobic DigestionAD 
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment4MPTHWEEEWEEE 
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment4MTWATF6WEEEWEEE 
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment4MTSWE4WEEEWEEE 
Waste Electrical and Electronic EquipmentMROC2WEEEWEEE 
Waste Electrical and Electronic EquipmentLROC1WEEEWEEE 
Mobile plant for land spreading (land treatment resulting in benefit)4MTMPL6LandspreadingLSNHW
Mobile plant for land spreading of sewage sludge (land treatment resulting in benefit)4MTMPLS6LandspreadingLSNHW
Mobile plant for land spreading of sewage sludge (land treatment resulting in benefit)MROC1LandspreadingLSNHW
Mobile plant for land spreading of sewage sludge (land treatment resulting in benefit)MROC10aLandspreadingLSNHW
Mobile plant for land spreading of sewage sludge (land treatment resulting in benefit)MROC10bLandspreadingLSNHW

Before taking the test

The test is part of the joint CIWM/WAMITAB Operator Competence scheme which is applicable in England and Wales for those individuals who are:

  • Existing holders of a Certificate of Technical Competence (CoTC) – who achieved their CoTC before 22 December 2008 (the date the Operator Competence Scheme was approved).
  • New entrants – who achieve one of CIWM/WAMITAB’s new operator competence qualifications (4, 6 and 12 unit qualifications or the WAMITAB Level 4 Certificate in Waste and Resource Management).
  • Low risk site operators – that hold an Environmental Permitting Operator’s Certificate (EPOC).
  • ‘Deemed’ competent operators – according to the Environment Agency:
    • Period 1 – if you achieved your continuing competence certificate between 1st March 2009 and 29 February 2012,the certificate needs to be renewed between 1st March 2012 and 28th February 2014.
    • Period 2– if you achieved your continuing competence certificate between 1st March 2012 and 28th February 2014, the certificate needs to be renewed between 1st March 2014 and 29th February 2016.
    • If you achieved your Operator Competence certificate between 22ndDecember 2008 and 29th February 2012, you will need to successfully pass the continuing competence test between 1st March 2012 and 28th February 2014.
    • If you achieved your Operator Competence certificate after 29thFebruary 2012, you will fall into the new rolling 2 year programme for Continuing Competence – where the new certificate design clearly states the expiry date two years from the date you passed your test. For example, if you passed on 5th March 2014 the certificate will state an expiry date of 5th March 2016.
  • ‘Environment Agency Assessed’ – individuals other than those where Environment Agency assessment is a pre-requisite for obtaining the two-year CoTC exemption.
  • Exempt activities – operators who registered as a relevant exemption prior to 5th April 2010 and now require an environmental permit. These people have 12 months from the date their first permit is issued to take the test to demonstrate that they are competent. Further guidance is available from the Environment Agency.

Your local regulatory officer at the Environment Agency (England) or Natural Resources Wales (Wales) will be able to advise if the test applies to you.

Many previously exempt waste activities now require an environmental permit and operators must demonstrate they are competent to hold a permit. The Environment Agency is making special provisions for operators who have to move from being an exempt activity to a permitted activity. These provisions apply to individuals who held a management role in relation to an exempt activity which now requires a permit.  Further guidance is available from the Environment Agency..

Individuals who are moving from an exemption to a permit can demonstrate technical competence by taking an initial test which is available through the CIWM/WAMITAB Operator Competence scheme.  This Generic test comprises questions on legislation, health and safety and environmental protection.  An operator has 12 months from the date their first permit is issued to arrange for all nominated managers to pass the initial competence test. This means that the issue of a permit will not be delayed by the need to demonstrate competence.  The transitional timetable is shown on the Environment Agency website together with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) entitled Waste Exemption Review – Getting Ready for Change.

Everyone takes the Generic Knowledge Test. You will then need to select the Activity Specific Test(s) that you need to achieve/maintain. Guidance can be obtained from your local Environment Agency officer in England or Natural Resources Wales Officer in Wales.  However, it is essential that you know which Activity Specific Tests to take before travelling to the test centre.

The format for the tests is based on question and multiple choice answers.  The questions cover two components:

  1. A Generic Knowledge Test (‘generic’) comprising questions on legislation, health and safety and environmental protection.
  2. An Activity-Specific Test (or ‘option’) which comprises questions on the specific competence or competencies which need to be maintained.

Please note: if you hold more than one competence award and want to maintain all your competencies then you will have to choose an ‘activity specific option’ for each competence (you can take up to 3 at a time).

The test comprises 18 questions for the Generic Knowledge Test and a further 8 questions for each Activity Specific Test you choose.

The length of the test will depend on how many Activity Specific Tests you select at the Pearson VUE centre and whether you have applied for a reasonable adjustment. However, on average:

  • The Generic Knowledge Test takes approximately 25 minutes.
  • The Activity Specific Test takes approximately 11 minutes.

Please note: if you decide to take three Activity Specific Tests then you will have 60 minutes to complete the test.

Candidates will need to correctly answer 50% (9 questions) or more of the questions in the Generic Knowledge Test section and 50% (4 questions) or more of the questions in Activity Specific Test(s) chosen to achieve an overall pass mark of 65% (minimum 17 questions in total).

Example: An individual sits one Activity Specific Test

Number of Generic Knowledge questions + Number of Activity Specific questions / 26 x 100 = ……%

Please note: If you do more than one activity then you must repeat this process for each.

Example: An individual sits two Activity Specific Tests – one for Metal Recycling Sites and one for End of Life vehicles. 

Number of Generic Knowledge questions + Number of Metal Recycling Sites questions / 26 x 100 = ……%

Number of Generic Knowledge questions + Number of End-of-Life vehicle questions / 26 x 100 = ……%

In all cases candidates must achieve a pass in both the Generic Knowledge Test plus Activity Specific Test(s); neither the Generic Knowledge Test nor Activity Specific Test can be passed and certificated on their own (unless the Generic Knowledge Test is the only part required by the Environmental Regulator).

If you take more than one Activity Specific Test then this applies to each option – for example, if you take two Activity Specific Tests and pass one but fail the other; you will be awarded the Continuing Competence certificate for the activity you passed and will have to re-take the Generic Knowledge Test and the Activity Specific Test you failed.

Yes, you will need to be able to use a computer and a mouse.  There is a short tutorial available on our website to get used to the system before starting your test. You may also decide to undergo some IT training or practice before booking the test. If you still have concerns about the use of the IT equipment, call Pearson VUE on 01618 557316.

A paper-based test is not currently available. However, there are provisions available for individuals that require a reasonable adjustment.

There is a range of support for available for people revising for their continuing competence test, including:

  • WAMITAB Revision Guides (available for purchase).
  • WAMITAB Free Revision Summaries (available for download).
  • The Continuing Competence Syllabus and source documentation links.

We recommend you prepare thoroughly for the test as this is one of the key success factors.

The WAMITAB website has a six question practice test and tutorial which illustrates what you will see on the day of the test.

What if I have difficulties?

As a Regulated Awarding Organisation, WAMITAB is required by the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments where a learner, who is disabled within the definition of the Equality Act 2010, would be at a substantial disadvantage in comparison to someone who is not disabled. WAMITAB will consider applications for reasonable adjustments (e.g. a reader or extra time) on a case by case basis.

If you want to apply for a reasonable adjustment, please complete the Continuing Competence Access Arrangements Form and email it to info.admin@wamitab.org.uk with any evidence. If WAMITAB approves your application, you will receive a confirmation email within 5 working days. You will then need to contact Pearson VUE 24 hours after approval, in order to schedule a test with an ‘accommodation’ at the test centre.

Yes, the system has the option for dyslexic candidates to listen to the test being read in English.  For people with dyslexia additional time may also be available, but must be requested using the reasonable adjustments application process outlined above.

Yes, the test has been set up as a multiple choice test and candidates should follow the instructions on the screen.

Booking the test

You can book your Continuing Competence test at any time on www.pearsonVUE.com/wamitab. You will need a valid credit or debit card and will select the location, date and time of your test.

Contact Pearson VUE on 0161 855 7316 or email wamitabcustomerservices@pearson.com regarding cancellations, bookings or any problems you experience during the registration process.

To cancel or reschedule your test, you must contact Pearson VUE directly. Cancelling or rescheduling an exam must be done at least 24 hours prior to the exam appointment time. Late cancellation requests will result in forfeiture of your exam fee and you will need to pay the fee again to take the exam. There is a button on the right-hand side of CIWM/WAMITAB landing page which allows you to re-schedule your test.

Each test costs £135 (effective 1 January 2018) irrespective of the number of Activity Specific Tests chosen (a maximum of three Activity Specific Tests can be taken at one time).

Pearson VUE will send a confirmation letter via email to the email address supplied by the candidate in the registration/booking process. This will confirm the details of your test booking.

No, all payments are made using debit or credit cards at the time of booking and the confirmation letter via email is evidence that the test has been paid for.

Payments are made using a web-based, registration, scheduling and payments system. The payments system requires a credit or debit card. For organisations wanting to purchase vouchers (minimum order 10 vouchers) contact: http://www.pearsonVUE.com/vouchers/pricelist/wamitab.asp. These vouchers will have to be paid for by credit or debit card.

What happens when I arrive at the Test Centre?

If you do not arrive for the test (‘no-show’) or arrive 15 minutes late for your test and are refused admission, you will forfeit your exam fee and will need to pay the fee again to take the exam. 

If you are unable to attend your test due to illness, and do not cancel or re-schedule at least 24 hours before your appointment, you will forfeit your exam fee and will need to pay the fee again to take the exam.

If for some reason the test centre is closed due to adverse weather conditions or ‘force majeure’ candidates will be offered a re-test at no cost to themselves. However, if the centre is open and candidates are unable to attend this will be considered as a no-show and you will forfeit your exam fee and will need to pay the fee again to take the exam.

We ask that you arrive at the test centre 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will give you adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures.

Be prepared to show a valid form of personal identification that contains both a photo and a signature which would be either a modern UK photocard driving license (full or provisional) or a passport of any country containing the a photograph and signature. If you have none of these, you may present a Citizen’s ID Card.

The test is based on multiple-choice with one question at a time shown on the screen. Underneath the question the various answers are set out. To select an answer you use the mouse to touch the button beside the answer you want on the screen.

Yes, during the Generic Knowledge Test you will be able to go back and change your answers by using the mouse; however, once this section is finished you will not be able to go back to it.  The same applies to the Activity Specific Test(s), you will be able to go back to change your answers within the time allotted until the section is finished.

Yes, each section of the test has a review screen at the end of the section. This feature allows you to ‘flag’ a question so you can go back to it and review it at the end of the section.

If there is a short interruption to the test, candidates are usually able to continue.  The answers that have been given up to that point will not normally be lost.  If there is a large disruption then you will be offered a new test free of charge.

All sections within the test are timed. Once you have completed all the sections within the test, a message will appear on screen advising you that the test is now complete. Please ensure you complete Generic Knowledge Test plus your Activity Specific Test(s) before leaving the test centre.

After the test

You will be notified if you have not been successful by WAMITAB within 10 working days of the test. If successful your Continuing Competence certificate will be sent to you by post. Candidates will need to correctly answer 50% or more of the questions in the Generic Knowledge Test section and 50% or more of the questions in each Activity Specific Test(s) chosen and achieve an overall pass mark of 65%. 

If you require an up to date continuing competence test to act as the Technically Competent Manager (TCM) on a permitted waste site, then you will have to re-book the test as soon as possible to remain compliant with the requirements of your environmental regulator.

Please note: to meet regulatory requirements continuing competence certificates should be accompanied by a relevant primary qualification, EPOC or facility type if Deemed Competent/Environment Agency Assessed.

At the end of the test you will receive your score report which provides the scores for each component of the Generic Knowledge Test (i.e. legislation, health and safety and environmental protection) and the score for each Activity Specific Test taken.  If you are unsuccessful this should enable you to focus your learning for the subsequent test.  As the questions are chosen at random we will be unable to provide information on the specific questions that you did not answer correctly. 

If successful your Continuing Competence certificate will be sent to you by post. 

You go back to the booking section of the website using the right hand navigation – schedule a test.

To comment or complain about the online booking service, please send an email to wamitabcustomerservices@pearson.com. If you have any comments about the structure or questions then please contact WAMITAB on info.admin@wamitab.org.uk