Waste Training & Consultancy Ltd.’s approach to delivering WAMITAB Qualifications and carrying out the assessment process is driven by the concept that completion of the qualification must be for the benefit of the learners partaking and the organisations for which they work for. A full range of WAMITAB Qualifications are available through our centre based in England and Northern Ireland and the assessment process we currently use is based on the following key stages:
Course Induction – Required
Thorough induction delivered on site with the learner(s) covering all aspects of the qualification. This induction will allow learners to commence preparing their portfolio. The induction is delivered in this way to allow for the assessor to get to know the learner within their own work environment and all aspects of the learner’s operational activities can be incorporated into the induction. A site walk around is necessary to ensure that the assessor can confirm the site is a safe working environment and that operational activities are consistent with the chosen WAMITAB Qualification.
Portfolio - Required
A white portfolio is given to the learner during their induction. The portfolio contains the following:
- The centres policies and procedures for undertaking a WAMITAB Qualification.
- Records to be completed for the learner
- Records to be completed with regards to the site / operational activities
- Section for filing Assessment Plans and Records
- Section for filing timesheets
- WAMITAB Workbook (to be completed electronically or by hand)
- Section for filing portfolio Evidence
- Index of Evidence
- Feedback Forms
- Statement of Authenticity
The blank portfolio is provided to the learner with all documentation to be completed by the learner. The learner is also emailed the electronic version of the WAMITAB Workbook so that it can be completed electronically and sent to and from the assessor securely by way of email. This has two major advantages, one it reduces the quantity of paper used and printed; two, it cuts down the time and travel costs to and from the learner’s place of work. The workbook can be checked remotely and learners requiring a quick assessment decision are able to have their work looked at before the assessor next visits the site for on-site assessment activities.
WAMITAB Workbook – Required
During assessment with us, the learner is required to complete a workbook designed to test the knowledge and understanding of the learners submitted evidence. The learner is required to respond to every assessment criteria with a personalised description of the evidence used to fulfil the criteria. The ‘personalised descriptions’ used to be referred to as ‘story boards’ but we have made the workbooks easier to record these personalised descriptions rather than have to write essays.
Site Assessment – Required
The assessors at Waste Training & Consultancy Ltd make every effort to assess work remotely via email however; the assessor must also check that the evidence provided by the learner is valid, authentic, current, reliable and sufficient and that thorough observations of the learner are carried out in their normal job roles within the workplace.
What is assessment?
Assessment is the process of collecting and interpreting evidence of a person’s performance against a set of standards (assessment criteria), to determine their levels of Competence.
In the case of a learner completing a WAMITAB qualification with us. Assessments enable our assessors to ascertain if the learner has gained the required skills and knowledge needed at a given point towards their selected Waste Management Qualification.
There are many ways in which assessments can take place and below are some of the key assessment methods we use in assessing our learners WAMITAB Qualification:
This is where the assessor watches the learner performing a skill or task.
- Professional Discussion
A conversation between the assessor and learner based around the assessment criteria.
- Discussion / debates
Learners talk about a relevant topic which contributes to the assessment criteria.
- Portfolio of Evidence
A formal record of evidence (manual or electronic) produced by the learners towards their qualification.
Evidence produced by the learners to prove competence.
Imitation or acting out of an event or situation, such as a fire drill.
- Video / Audio
Recorded evidence of actual achievements.
- Walk and talk
A spoken and visual way of assessing a learner’s competence.
- Oral and Written Questioning
A key technique for assessing the understanding and stimulating thinking. Questions can be closed, hypothetical, leading, open, probing and multiple choice etc.
Additional Activities and Exercises - Optional
In some cases, learners will not have the necessary knowledge to complete all units. They may struggle to provide the required evidence. In these cases, we can provide an exercise for the learner to complete to provide the necessary evidence.
Additional Training – Advised
Waste Training & Consultancy Ltd has a variety of waste related training developed to cover the knowledge and understanding requirements necessary to achieve the WAMITAB Qualifications.
Waste Training & Consultancy Ltd believe that even the smallest of operations in the Waste Industry should have the basic resources to train their employees in areas relating to operations, Health and Safety, Environmental Impacts and Waste Management. Because of this approach, we have developed bespoke training courses suitable for all kinds of needs and numbers. If you wish to discuss these services, please do not hesitate to contact us.
How long does a WAMITAB Qualification take to complete?
The Level 4 WAMITAB Qualifications are learner led. This means that dependent upon the time the learner puts aside for completing the qualification will depend on the time it takes to finish the qualification. Most of our learners complete within six months. However, the qualification can easily be achieved within 10 weeks based on been able to set aside time each week to work through the assessment criteria.
Another factor towards how long the qualification will take is whether the leaners workplace has all the necessary evidence in place such as policies, procedures and management systems.
Undertaking the award will ensure that the learner identifies any gaps in compliance and as a result will have to ensure that any policies, procedures, report forms etc are developed and implemented to comply with the sites Permit / License. This all takes time and could potentially prolong the time it takes for a learner to complete the qualification.