Complying with Technical Competence schemes during Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions

Operators of permitted waste facilities relying on the CIWM/WAMITAB scheme to demonstrate Technical Competence are required to gain qualifications and pass assessments according to a timeframe set out in the scheme. Classroom-based training and test centres required for some of these have limited availability due to the implementation of social distancing measures.

We expect candidates to try to book the relevant training and assessments in advance of when they are due but recognise that, in some cases, this may not be possible. We will not regard the failure to complete and pass either:

  • an Environmental Permit Operators Certificate (EPOC) within 4 weeks of permitted activities commencing, or
  • a continuing competence assessment

as being a failure to comply with the WAMITAB/CIWM competence scheme until 1 July 2021 provided that:

  • the EPOC or continuing competence assessment is not overdue by more than 6 months
  • the candidate has made a booking for the earliest available date
  • the operator has notified their local regulatory officer
  • in the case of a continuing competence assessment, the operator has notified WAMITAB as well so that they can keep a database of affected candidates

Where these circumstances arise in connection with an application for a permit, the applicant must still provide evidence of registration/booking for the appropriate qualification and/or training within their application as usual.

CIWM/WAMITAB are pleased to announce some changes to the Continuing Competence Scheme. From Monday 1 January 2018, the fee for the CIWM/WAMITAB Continuing Test taken at Pearson VUE test centres will increase to  £135 and the new syllabus/question banks for continuing competence will be introduced in June 2018 (exact date to be confirmed).

CIWM and WAMITAB are pleased to announce some important changes to the Continuing Competence Scheme, which will take effect from September 2015.

As part of the continued development of the scheme, the selection screen has been amended so that the activity specific tests appear in alphabetical order.

The score report candidates receive after taking their test has also been revised to provide information about the revision guides and guidance on how the results are calculated. Click here to see an example.