CIWM Virtual Training and E-Learning

CIWM's online training solutions are designed to enhance your learning experience by giving you the opportunity to complete courses and gain certificates in a way that suits you best.

Choose from one of four new virtual training programmes or learn on-demand with our engaging and accessible e-learning portfolio.

Wherever you are and however you want to learn, our online training provides the ultimate flexibility.

Virtual Training


Circular Economy Club Certificate

Virtual Training Programmes

CIWM's new virtual training programmes provide a highly effective and convenient way to expand your knowledge, develop new skills, and achieve recognised certificates.

Our expert tutors have been trained in how to deliver first-class virtual programmes, blended to include a range of media and activities, some of which can be completed at your leisure around your day-to-day commitments.

They'll guide you through a series of 1- or 2-hour live modules to help you progress through the programme and apply and embed your learning. You'll have opportunities to pose questions to the tutors, interact with other attendees, and there will be someone there to support you every step of the way.

Like our classroom-based training, our virtual programmes have been carefully designed to ensure the highest possible quality of learning.

Our virtual training programmes are:

  • Specifically designed for digital delivery
  • Easily accessible from a PC or tablet
  • Engaging and interactive
  • Accredited by CIWM
  • A recognised source of CPD

Through clever course curation and the use of video conferencing software, you'll have access to first-class training wherever you are, with minimal disruption to your working day.

Our upcoming virtual training programmes are:

Introduction to The Management of Wastes and Resources

This virtual training programme is for anyone new to the waste and resources sector, those currently dealing with their organisation’s waste and resources, and anyone wishing to develop or change their career.

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Hazardous Waste Regulations

Any organisations involved in producing, storing, collecting, transporting, recycling or disposing of hazardous waste must ensure it causes no damage or harm. This comprehensive virtual training programme will give you a detailed understanding of the regulations governing wastes that are classified as hazardous and provides up to date advice on how to comply.

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Hazardous Waste Classification and Coding

Based on guidance developed by all four UK waste regulators, this comprehensive virtual training programme will enable you to develop the skills you need to correctly classify different types of hazardous waste and ensure you are up to date the very latest guidance.

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Duty of Care

Waste Duty of Care requirements apply to anyone who handles waste, whether as a producer, carrier or waste management organisation. This interactive virtual training programme explores these obligations and explains how to comply with the Duty of Care Code of Practice. 

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First Aid for Mental Health Level 1 Awareness

This course is for anyone who wants to know more about mental health conditions and how to recognise them. It will also look at how to start a conversation with someone and signposting them to relevant professional help.

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Managing Distress and Courageous Conversations in the workplace

This training looks at the importance of early recognition and appropriate responses to emotional and mental distress that may if left alone could manifest into continuing problems or mental health problems.

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On-Demand E-Learning

CIWM's e-learning portfolio provides instant, flexible access to first-class training - anytime, anywhere. Our e-learning courses are available on-demand, meaning you can complete them at your leisure without adhering to scheduled course dates.

Designed specifically for remote learning, these interactive courses are regularly updated to reflect the very latest policy, legislation and procedural changes.

Our e-learning courses are:

  • Available 24/7, proving ultimate flexibility
  • Specifically designed for online remote learners
  • Engaging and interactive
  • Cost-effective, with no travel or accommodation required
The following CIWM courses are available through e-learning:

Waste Legislation Essentials

Understanding your legal requirements and how to ensure you are compliant is essential for anyone involved in waste management. This course provides an introduction to waste management legislation and examines the key legal requirements and responsibilities of those who produce, carry or treat waste in the UK.

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The course provides a comprehensive introduction to best practice in sustainable resources and waste management. It explores how to improve waste management in a variety of settings by applying the Waste Hierarchy and other key resource efficiency and circular economy principles. It also explains how to segregate, handle and store different waste materials to maximise resource value, reduce costs and remain within the law.

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WasteSmart Certificate

This foundation course will provide you with the necessary knowledge and understanding to make accurate and efficient waste-related decisions, whilst also increasing sustainability and improving performance. It is perfect for anyone who produces, handles or manages waste within an organisation, as well as students who wish to complement their academic learning with a professional certificate.

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If you have any questions about our e-learning courses and how to access them, please don't hesitate to contact us at

This course has been developed by E-Tech learning Ltd and is accredited by CIWM:

Fundamentals of Combustion

The UK waste industry now relies on its many thermal waste treatment plants, both private and public, to deal with non-recyclable and residual waste streams and to generate useful heat and/or power effectively and efficiently from these feedstocks. Similarly, biomass, medical wastes and municipal sludges are also processed through thermal treatment plants. Fundamentals of Combustion is a two-part course that provides the underpinning knowledge for operating these technologies more confidently and optimising thermal efficiency.

Module 1

Module 2

Circular Economy Club Certificate

Principles & Business Models in a Circular Economy – CIWM members save 10%

CIWM has partnered with the Circular Economy Club to offer members a 10% discount on their e-learning course, Principles & Business Models in a Circular Economy. To earn this Circular Economy Club Certificate, you will immerse yourself into a self-study program that will give you the most comprehensive and succinct understanding of the principles of the circular economy and the business models that can be developed in this field.

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Prefer to learn in a face-to-face environment?

In addition to our virtual courses and e-learning courses, we also run a variety of classroom-based training courses throughout the year.