Environmental Permitting Operator's Certificate

(England and Wales Only)

This course is an option for demonstrating operator competence for the purpose of operating a permitted waste and resources facility for "low risk tier" sites, e.g. inert waste transfer / treatment, in house storage, WEEE storage, or MRS (dry scrap - no free flowing liquid).

It can also be used by non-landfill facilities in the "medium risk tier" or "high risk tier" applying for a new permit, who wish to make use of a 12 month grace period to obtain the appropriate award. A copy of the  Risk Tier Tables is at this link and further information on the scheme can be found here.

The course may also be of interest to those working on waste and resource management facilities who wish, for personal development, to have a greater understanding of the legislative implications of holding a permit.

After the course delegates will be able to:

  • Identify potential environmental impacts from wastes and resource facilities and have an awareness of mitigation
  • Identify key legislation relevant to operating wastes and resource management facilities
  • Explain environmental permitting regulations and requirements
  • Identify your responsibilities and appropriate actions in a range of potential scenarios to comply with the permit
  • Explain your responsibilities regarding Duty of Care including using transfer notes and identifying 6 digit EWC codes
  • Be aware of hazardous waste and the principles of identifying hazardous waste, and the basic requirements of consignment
  • Identify your basic responsibilities under Health and Safety and consider how H&S can be improved

The course is designed to encourage interpretation of situations within the context of permitting using a combination of presentations, discussions, case studies and group exercises.

A short written assessment at the end of day two will ask questions relating to given scenarios. It will be designed to identify application of knowledge and information in the form of short paragraph or bullet pointed key information. It will not require the writing of essays etc. Assessments will be marked by the University of Northampton.

Delegates MUST PASS this assessment in order to obtain the certificate.

The course will normally be run as two consecutive days. Anyone interested in this course should check the Scheduled Courses page to book online, or contact training@ciwm.co.uk to register interest in future dates.

Details of all certificates issued are provided to the Environment Agency (for regulatory purposes). Information provided includes certificate number, name, job title, company and date.

The course programme is listed on the right, but may be subject to minor change as required.



Day One

08.30 Registration

09:00 Introduction

What else do I need to do?

Environmental Impacts

Key Legislation

Duty of Care

Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010

The Regulator - Compliance Assessment

Permit Conditions

17:00 Close

Day Two

09:00 start


Landfill Directive and Producer Responsibility

Planning Permission and Nuisance

Use of European Waste Catalogue

Introduction to Hazardous waste

Health and Safety

Assessment (open book)

16:30 Close

Breaks will be taken as required throughout the two days

Lunch and refreshments will be provided at appropriate times throughout both days