Waste management courses are now available. Public and private waste service providers in the SADC region could train waste officials, managers and workers in SA accredited courses.
Waste Management courses
The new courses contribute towards equivalent qualifications. The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) and Interwaste launched SA state accredited waste management training courses in November 2011.
IWMSA president Stan Jewaskiewitz said the industry body had had called for interested waste management services suppliers to share their accredited material with the industry.
“After careful evaluation of proposals received, we entered into a partnership with Interwaste to offer accredited training to groups of 20 or more.”
Completion of the courses newly accredited by the Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LG Seta) add to credits towards a recognised equivalent qualification, said Interwaste human resources director, Rajas Pillay.
Waste management courses Unit standards
Various environmental and waste management unit standards are available within the SA National Qualifications Framework (NQF) levels 1 to 4. Suitably qualified members of IWMSA are encouraged to register with the LG Seta as accredited waste management training assessors and moderators.
IWMSA itself will co-ordinate training programmes by using a national database of accredited facilitators. The industry’s effort to standardise and accredit training had started five years ago, involved hiring of consultants, and was delayed by changes and lengthy procedures in former Saqa and Seta procedures.
IWMSA had started offering non-accredited waste management courses two years ago, and continues to run non-accredited waste management training programmes at a basic level, on themes like waste management principles, waste operations and systems integrated planning, waste collection, transfer, and transport, waste minimisation, waste treatment and disposal, waste service implementation and evaluation.
PHOTO; Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) president Stan Jewaskiewitz invites waste service providers to train staff to standardised and accredited courses.