Category Archives: SQA

Back to the Classrooom for Albion Staff

Six (or is it 5) Albion staff are currently completing the SQA Qualification Planning and Delivering Training Sessions to Groups  HE0T 33 SCQF level 6. This is to widen the pool of staff we have available to deliver training of accredited and Albion courses for the resource management sector!

The qualification is intended for candidates with vocational expertise or subject knowledge whose job role includes the training of others in small group settings (minimum four, maximum seven learners) and in work related learning contexts. It is also suitable for those who aspire to a training role, or who expect to have some responsibility for training as part of a future job role.

The training is delivered over 4 days by Davie Fraser from C&M Training and involves staff preparing and delivering a theory and a practical lesson to the required standard to successfully meet the qualification standard.

Good luck to the staff at the end of this month when they complete their assessed lessons!

2 Day Training Course – Working With Waste Management

Are you compliant with current Waste Management Legislation or working towards gaining a WAMITAB Certificate of Technical Competence (CoTC) award?

If the answer is ‘yes’ then our 2 Day Working with Waste Management Legislation course is not to be missed.

Next Course 24th/25th July Book Here

Jointly awarded with the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), this two-day course is intended to provide employees with the basic understanding of the legislation relating to the Waste and Resource Management industry.

Suitable for staff working on waste management facilities and staff working in areas where they handle and manage waste on a regular basis.

Through a mixture of lecturing, case studies, group work and exercises candidates will understand the principals of the following:

  • The Definition of Waste
  • Registration of Carriers
  • Duty of care
  • EWC Codes
  • Special Waste Regulations & Consigning Special Waste
  • Carriage of Dangerous Goods (by road)
  • Storage of Hazardous /Special Wastes
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Health & Safety Management

Confirmation of learning is achieved by completion of all the course exercises with the successful candidate receiving a certificate jointly issued by REHIS and Albion.

Course Certification can be used to demonstrate Accredited Prior Learning (APL) for Waste Management awards accredited by WAMITAB and SQA.

To book your place on the 24th & 25th July please click here.

New Training/VQ Administration Manager joins Albion Team

Albion Environmental Ltd are delighted to welcome John MacSwan to the team as the new Training/VQ Administration Manager.

John comes from a background of 16 years of managing, creating and delivering courses within a Learning & Development setting along with completion of relevant administration duties. Courses ranged from bespoke to industry accredited.

Passionate about learning & developing capability using best suited interventions, John’s career thus far has involved managing client relationships across the UK & Ireland.

In his new role at Albion Environmental Ltd John will be responsible for all course arrangements and ensuring Albion Environmental comply with the various awarding body requirements (SQA, WAMITAB).We have recently reviewed our methods for carrying out WAMITAB assessment and John will be heavily involved in facilitating the new processes and maintain then to be robust and ensure assessment process will continue to:

  • Benefit the candidate and build and strengthen their knowledge
  • Benefit the candidate’s employer

Contact: 01292 610 428 or

Albion Environmental Ltd successful again in SQA Facilities Management Visit

Earlier this month Albion Environmental hosted an External Verification visit from SQA for our Facilities Management group of qualifications. The visit was once again successful resulting in a highly commendatory report being received from SQA. Some of the highlights of the report included:

“Candidates felt this a significant opportunity to broaden the contact and assessors felt this enabled a more formative knowledge of their candidates.

 Assessments are well designed and ‘fit for purpose’ within the award complying to SQA requirements and the assessment strategy. Standardisation events ensure consistency in application. Formats used are reliable in application and have been developed over time being effective throughout the currency of the programme ensuring consistent, fair assessment mechanisms.

 Qualification systems well formulated and working very effectively in practice. Electronic system well presented and very functional”

 The Facilities Management awards are versatile group of vocational qualifications with units fitting around a whole host of roles, including:

  • Security
  • Hospitality
  • School Janitors
  • Cleaners
  • Healthcare

The qualifications remain very popular with Albion delivering training to a new group of Modern Apprentices in school janitorial roles for one Local Authority, while apprentices maintaining another Local Authority’s Council Headquarters. The awards Albion currently deliver are:

  • SVQ 2 Facilities Services at SCQF Level 5 (GA79 22)
  • SVQ 3 in Facilities Management at SCQF Level 7 (GA7A 23)

This highlights the suitability of awards for candidates at all levels in a range of roles. One candidate working at a major hotel chain demonstrates progression routes available, as they now work through their Level 3 award following the successful completion of their Level 2.


If you would like to know how a recognised Facilities Management qualification could help you and your business please get in touch.

Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) Waste Qualification Extension

The SQA have extended a number of their Waste Qualifications for a further two years. This includes the Waste Operations group of awards at Levels 2 & 3 as detailed below:


  • SVQ Level 2 in Waste Operations: Waste Collection Driver (GF9G22)
  • SVQ Level 2 in Waste Operations: Waste Collection Operative (GF9H22) 
  • SVQ Level 2 in Waste Operations: Waste Site Operative (GF9J22)
  • SVQ Level 2 in Waste Operations: Waste Team Leader (GF9K22)
  • SVQ Level 2 in Waste Operations: Waste Weighbridge Operative (GF9L22) 
  • SVQ Level 3 in Waste Supervisory Management (GF9M23) 


This versatile group of awards are suitable for candidates of all ages and at any stage of their careers. It includes new comers to the waste and resources industry and those who already have experience in this sector that wish to hold a qualification demonstrating their knowledge and expertise in this area. The extension will also cover the Level 4 Waste Management Diplomas, as listed below:


  • Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Physical and Chemical Treatment – Hazardous Waste SCQF Level 7 (GG1K 47)
  • Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Physical and Chemical Treatment – Non-Hazardous Waste SCQF Level 7 (GG1M 47)
  • Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Transfer – Hazardous Waste SCQF Level 7 (GG1L 47)
  • Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Transfer – Non-Hazardous Waste SCQF Level 7 (GG1J 47) 


These awards are suitable for people working in waste management operations in management level roles who want demonstrate their competence. Albion Environmental Ltd are a registered SQA Centre with approval and vast experience in delivering all of these awards. If you would like any further information on these awards and how they can benefit you or your organisation the please get in touch.