The WAMITAB Level 4 Operator Competence Scheme Qualifications referred to as the on-site assessment process requires the Learner to demonstrate he or she has the required skills and knowledge to operate a permitted waste management facility.
The qualification process would include a number of visits by one of our competent Assessors as detailed below:
The first visit will include an induction, to explain the process, as well as the centre and awarding organisation’s policies, practices and procedures.
As part of the process you will be required to answer a number of small question papers (One for each unit), gather documents relevant to your role such as risk assessments, environmental permits, and other such documents!
On each document, you need to highlight relevant sections and also make notes as to your involvement with the document(s).
Don’t worry, you will plan each assessment visit with your Assessor to allow time to complete the work required!
Additionally, if you can’t read or write very well, let us know in advance or speak with your Assessor! We can put in place a reasonable adjustment to ensure no one is hindered from achieving the qualification they require.
When your assessor arrives on site he or she will be looking to observe you carrying out your daily duties, asking questions about the tasks you carry out, looking at the documentation and getting you to explain the various processes involved such as waste acceptance and rejection of loads.
Your Assessor will also hold professional discussions, which are in essence a discussion which starts with a prominent question, and then the Assessor will then chip in further questions leading on from the answer you have given, which allows them to see that you have a broad level of knowledge across a number of areas within a short period of time.
Your Assessor will also provide mentoring in areas required. Mentoring is not giving you the answer, it’s setting you task’s, which then allow you to obtain the information required!
This could be going to a document to read and understand the process, carry out a physical task or the Assessor might look to ask your employer to get you to carry out some additional tasks in order for you to obtain additional knowledge and understanding.
After your final assessment visit, the Assessor will take away your portfolio and all the evidence you have both gathered, and it will then be sent to an Internal Quality Assurer (IQA).
The IQA’s role is to make sure that the assessment process has been completed correctly and that all the evidence demonstrates you have the knowledge and skills required and it aligns with the standard required to achieve the qualification.
On completion, the Centre will claim your certificate, which will be scanned, and a copy sent in advance of the original certificate, which will allow you to start providing technically competent manager (TCM / COTC) cover of a regulated permitted waste management facility.
Once certificated you will also be required every two years to complete a continuing competence test, to demonstrate you have kept your knowledge up to date in regard to the core subjects of Health and Safety, Environmental Protection and Legislation.
You will also complete an additional test that relates to the main qualification(s) you hold. E.g. Anaerobic digestion, composting, transfer, and treatment of non-hazardous waste, treatment of hazardous waste, landfill ect
Don’t worry, every two years we will remind you when this is due, and we can also help you book your test! We will continue to do this every two year’s providing we are provided up to date contact information and the date you passed your continuing competence test.
We also provide refresher courses, and to date, we have a 100% pass mark for any Delegate attending one of our continuing competence refresher courses, and then sitting their test!
We will add you to an email database relevant to the qualification(s) you have completed, this database will be used to send you updates on any changes to regulations/legislation and other relevant sector information which will be useful to ensure your aware of up and coming changes which may affect your facility or additional requirements of the TCM to ensure your facility is compliant!
If you feel you would benefit from a knowledge course prior to starting the assessment process, take a look at ‘’On-Site Assessment +’’ or the WAMITAB Level 4 Certificate in Waste and Resource Management VRQ!
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01502 712209 and one of the team will happily assist you.