This is the option that you will be most familiar with and is the one chosen by most people. It used to be called an NVQ and you may also hear people referring to it as ‘a COTC’, or even ‘a WAMITAB’.
The actual WAMITAB qualification you complete will depend upon the activity described on your permit. For example, there is a WAMITAB qualification for Anaerobic Digestion and a different one for End of Life Vehicle depollution. It is therefore really important to make sure you are going for the right one and although for most waste operations this is fairly obvious, if you are at all unsure we can give you a bit of guidance, but ultimately we always suggest checking with the EA/NRW first. To help, there is a Risk Tiers table on the WAMITAB website (https://wamitab.org.uk/competence/operator-competence/).
We realize that the whole process can seem very complicated, therefore we are able to take you through each stage from start to finish, providing as much (or little) handholding as is necessary.
We aim to be as flexible as possible, making sure that we only ask you to do what is absolutely necessary, this will help to keep costs down and shorten the time to completion.
It is really important that it is not just a tick box exercise and at the end, you feel that you have learnt something and your company systems have improved. We realise that you are paying good money, so you should be at the centre of the process at every stage and that you actually feel like you are getting real value for that money.
We realise that different people will prefer to work in different ways. Therefore we have developed a couple of different approaches for presenting your work, reflecting your preference for using technology.
Option 1: Traditional paper-based portfolios- there is nothing wrong with this tried and tested approach, although we do want you to try and avoid ‘photocopy overload. Evidence of your management of the site are copied, explained and cross referenced onto the WAMITAB standards.
Option 2: Virtual portfolios- this is a more ‘techie’ alternative utilising the latest cloud-based systems. This helps to keep photocopying to a minimum and can suit you if you already store a lot of documentation electronically. This approach can also be an excellent way of sharing documents and work immediately with your assessor without needing to wait for visits, or folders to be posted around the country.