Updates to Continuing Competence

Forthcoming changes to the Continuing Competence Test

We have made some minor changes to the syllabus for Continuing Competence, and the new syllabus is available on the Continuing Competence page of the website - click on the Revision button and scroll down the page.

There will also be a new question bank, which will go live at the Pearson VUE Test Centres from Friday 1st March 2019. If your test is booked on or after 1st March 2019, then it is important that your revision preparation is based on the new syllabus.

If you already have the copies of 2016-2018 Revision Guides, then you will see only minor changes in the topics covered so you will not need to buy copies of the new 2019-2021 Revision Guides; instead please use the free downloadable Update Sheets which capture these changes. However, please note that there have been extensive changes to the structure of Landfill Closed so we recommend purchasing the new edition of the Revision Guide to that topic.

Please note if your test is scheduled on or before 28th February 2019 then you need to base your preparations on the 2016-2018 syllabus and the 2016-2018 edition of the Revision Guides. However for those with tests booked on or after 1st March 2019, the new Revision Guides for 2019-2021 are now available to purchase on the website. 

Background to the changes: we review the Continuing Competence syllabus every two years to ensure it reflects current legislation and practice. This latest review is an interim update; and a more comprehensive review is planned for the next Continuing Competence Test effective for 2021-2023, which will take into account potential changes that are introduced after Brexit is fully implemented.

The rolling two year programme will remain in place; the expiry date will be clearly shown on your Continuing Competence certificate, eg, if you passed on 5th March 2019 then the certificate will state an expiry date of 5th March 2021.

Please note that effective from 7 January 2019, the Continuing Competence test fee is £139.


Christmas and New Year Holiday Closure 2018

Planning for the Christmas and New Year period.

The WAMITAB office will close at 3.00 pm on Friday 21st December 2018, and re-open at 9.00 am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.


Revision Guide Orders

  • All orders received by 12 noon on Friday 21st December 2019 will be processed and despatched that day; orders received after this time will not be processed until the office re-opens on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.


  • The system will be available to users during the Christmas/New Year office closure but we are unable to offer any user support during that period; normal service will resume when the office re-opens on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. Please note all certificate and results processing times will begin when the office re-opens on 2nd January 2019.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and successful New Year.


WAMITAB Accepted onto the Register of Approved End Point Assessment Organisations
WAMITAB is pleased to announce that they have been accepted onto the Register of Approved End-Point Assessment Organisations to deliver end-point assessment for the Metal Recycling General Operative Standard. “WAMITAB Assessment” will operate as a service of WAMITAB, separate from its activities as an Awarding Organisation.

Chris James, Chief Executive Officer for WAMITAB, said: “WAMITAB looks forward to working further with partners in the metals recycling sector whose operatives will benefit from a first class apprenticeship assessed by the industry professionals at WAMITAB.”

The Apprenticeship Standard

The Metal Recycling General Operative is set a level 2 and is aimed at those entering the industry working at a General Operative level. Developed by employers and suitable for use in organisations of all sizes, the Metal Recycling General Operative Apprenticeship will see apprentices taking on a wide range of different tasks and responsibilities. Apprentices will learn:
  • Environmental policies, health and safety legislation, handling and sorting requirements
  • Teamwork and communication skills
  • Safe working practices to operate equipment
In addition to these core competencies, apprentices will choose a specialism:
  • End-of-Life Vehicles
  • Weighbridge Operations
  • Material Handler
  • Material Classification
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

The End-Point Assessment

End-Point Assessment is the final testing phase of a Trailblazer Apprenticeship standard which must be carried out by an approved Assessment Organisation. The End-Point Assessment for the Metal Recycling General Operative is:

Multiple Choice Question Test

  • 100 multiple choice questions
  • 90 minutes to complete

Professional Discussions

  • 3 professional discussions
  • 40 minutes each

Observations / Simulations

  • 3 Workplace observations / Simulations
  • 40 minutes each
WAMITAB Assessment is available to speak with employers who wish to find out more about the Metal Recycling General Operative Apprenticeship end-point assessment. We will work with employers to ensure we tailor end-point assessment to each organisation and our tariffs will reflect this. WAMITAB Assessment will offer support and guidance resources to employers, training providers and apprentices throughout the apprenticeship process. Additionally WAMITAB intends to submit applications to offer end-point assessment for the following related Apprenticeship Standards:
  • Waste Resource Operative – Level 2
  • H.E. Technician – Level 3
  • Facilities Management Supervisor – Level 3
For an informal discussion about the Metal Recycling General Operative apprenticeship, any other of the above apprenticeships or to discuss apprenticeships in general please email: epa@wamitab.org.uk

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For more information call WAMITAB on 01604 231950, email info.admin@wamitab.org.uk or visit www.wamitab.org.uk Twitter: @WAMITAB

Notes to editors


WAMITAB is a specialist awarding organisation and charity that works directly with industry to shape and deliver employer-led qualifications for those working in cleaning, street cleansing, facilities management, resource management and recycling and parking from operative through to management level. With over 120 qualification pathways and 70 quality assured centres, WAMITAB offers an unrivalled specialist network to support employee development and is dedicated to delivering industry-relevant qualifications and support. Contact: Sharon Simpson T: 01604 231950 E: sharon.simpson@wamitab.org.uk

About apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a training programme that allows the learner to gain new skills and a nationally recognised qualification while working and earning. They take one to four years to complete depending on their level. The work-based training programmes are designed around the needs of employers to facilitate the development of practical, job specific skills by allowing inexperienced individuals to work alongside more experienced staff. The Apprenticeship Levy came into force in April 2017. All UK employers (public, private, and third sector) with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million are required to pay the levy. The levy is set at 0.5% of an employer’s annual wage bill and is collected by HMRC alongside income tax and National Insurance. Each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against the levy. This means that although the levy applies to all employers, only those with a pay bill of over £3 million will pay it. The Apprenticeship Levy is UK-wide, apprenticeship provision is a devolved policy area in the UK and each nation has different administrative arrangements for the funding and delivery of apprenticeships; this means that authorities in each of the UK nations manage their own apprenticeship programmes, including how funding is spent on apprenticeship training. Employers with operations in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales can access information about apprenticeships via the following websites:

Health, Safety & Environmental Compliance Services Limited seeking assessors

Experienced Assessors

HSEC Services Ltd is looking to expand its team and is seeking qualified and experienced freelance assessors to cover various areas across England, as shown below:
  • South
  • South West
  • North West
All applicants must hold relevant WAMITAB qualifications / assessment qualifications and have experience with assessing WAMITAB qualifications up to Level 4.

Looking for a change of direction?

Have you been in the waste industry for some time? Feel you need a new challenge? Interested in becoming an Assessor? We are also seeking trainee assessors to work across England, training will be provided however its vital you have a good solid waste management background, ideally across a number of sector areas. To apply for these opportunities please send a covering letter and detailed CV including details about relevant qualifications to admin@hsecservices.co.uk .

New College Swindon seeking Assessors and IQAs
New College in Swindon are seeking both peripatetic and freelance Assessors and Internal Quality Assurers (IQAs) to work with us in Swindon and surrounding areas.  You must have experience delivering both the Level 2 and Level 3 in Sustainable Recycling Activities.  Please contact Paula Kimmel for more information on 01793 732892 or email paula.kimmel@newcollege.ac.uk

WAMITAB at RWM 2018 – see us on Stand 4J63
  Event Name: RWM - Recycling & Waste Management Expo Event Dates: 12th & 13th September 2018 Venue: NEC, Birmingham The UK’s Largest Recycling & Waste Management Expo Register for free tickets here.   Now under new management, RWM is making an exciting comeback to Birmingham’s NEC on the 12th & 13th September 2018 for it’s biggest show to date.   During two action-packed days, the NEC will play host to:
  • Over 350 inspiring seminars from industry leaders
  • 500 innovative products and suppliers that are currently revolutionising recycling and waste management
  • 20,000 environmental professionals from across the globe in attendance
  • Dedicated focus areas: Energy From Waste, Handling & Logistics, Machinery & Equipment, Recyclers & Reprocessors and Data Tech & Services
  • Brand new focus zone dedicated to Business Growth
  • Co-located with 4 other incredible industry leading events - Future Resource Expo, Contamination Expo, Flood Expo & M&CCE Expo.
To book your free tickets go to: www.rwmexhibition.com or call 0117 990 2097.  

WAMITAB office will be closed all day on Wednesday 29th August 2018 for a staff training event
The office will reopen again on Thursday 30th August 2018 at 9.00 am and close at 5.00 pm.

Professor John Donaldson standing down after 21 years’ service with WAMITAB

WAMITAB President 2015 – 2018, Vice President 1997 – 2015

Professor John Donaldson has recently retired as President of WAMITAB having served for over 21 years, first as Academic Vice President and latterly as President.

In 1997 Professor Donaldson was appointed Academic Vice President (VP) of WAMITAB; serving alongside John Fergusson (VP) and the President, Lord Gregson, and subsequently Lord Lewis “Jack”, with whom he shared significant academic interest. In 2015, Professor Donaldson was appointed President of WAMITAB.

John’s contribution to WAMITAB cannot be underestimated, it would be fair to say that without John’s consistent level-headed support and direction WAMITAB would not be in the strong position it is today.

John’s achievements as an academic in the field of chemistry and waste management have been outstanding. His firmly held belief that the industry needs an independent skills body has been reflected through many years of service and evidenced by the continuity of WAMITAB.

Commenting, Chris James, CEO at WAMITAB said: “We have been very fortunate to have John’s support and insight to help to guide WAMITAB’s development. Sadly, WAMITAB does not have the powers to confer fellowships, companionships or knighthoods and instead we simply and humbly thank John for 21 years of service and express the hope that he keeps in touch.”

Picture above shows Professor John Donaldson with the engraved quaich presented in honour of his service to WAMITAB

About Professor Donaldson

Professor John Donaldson (BSc, PhD, DSc, CSci, FRSC, CChem, Hon FCIWM, FRSA) is a Professor Emeritus of both Brunel and City universities and is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College. Following lecturing appointments in chemistry at the University of Aberdeen and Chelsea College and as a reader at the University of London, John's professorial career began in 1980 at City University. He moved to Brunel University in 1990 where he set up the centre for environmental research, which gained a worldwide reputation for postgraduate training before his research arm of the centre with Professor Sue Grimes moved to Imperial College. More than 100 researchers have obtained doctorate degrees working under his supervision, over 30 post-doctoral workers have worked in his laboratories and he has published over 250 scientific papers.

EWS Training Recruiting Experienced Assessors
EWS Training are urgently seeking both permanent and freelance assessors to cover the South and Southeast of England. Experience of WAMITAB qualifications up to Level 4 is essential. We are also seeking trainee assessors to work across the same area, training will be provided including sponsorship for a recognised assessor qualification however experience of the waste industry is essential. Please contact Paul Robson (Centre Manager) for more information on 01622 737586 or paulrobson@ews-training.co.uk

Webinar: Apprenticeship End-Point Assessment Tuesday 27th March 2018 – 10.00-10.45 am
Join WAMITAB CEO Chris James and Training and Assessment Manager Karen Slade, who  will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday 27th March at 10.00 - 10.45 am. If you would like to find out more about Apprenticeship End-Point Assessment and WAMITAB's intention to offer this service to the Waste and Facilities Management sector then register your interest today.

Who should join?

WAMITAB would like to hear from those in our wider network who are:
  • Approved Apprenticeship training providers, or those wishing to be so with an interest in delivering Apprenticeships  in the Waste and Facilities Management sector
  • Assessors and Internal Quality Assurers who have experience in the Waste and Facilities Management sector
  • Industry experienced professionals operating at a supervisory level or above who would be interested in becoming an End-Point Assessor, or who may wish to assist in the development phase of our End-Point Assessment offer

What will be included?

  • The Trailblazer Apprenticeship
  • End-Point Assessment journey in more detail
  • WAMITAB Assessment End-Point Assessment Organisation
  • The standards we may apply to assess
  • Assessors / IQA Expressions of Interest
  • Opportunity to ask questions

Registering Interest

If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting opportunity then email karen.slade@wamitab.org.uk in the first instance who will then forward you the link details for the webinar. Don’t worry if you can’t attend on the day, the webinar will be recorded and available to access after the event.