Category Archives: Training

Important update regarding CIWM (WAMITAB) Continuing Competence Tests

CIWM have shared an update on additional security measures introduced for Continuing Competence Learners

There have been additional security measures put in place by CIWM(WAMITAB) for all tests administered through Pearson Vue.

Those who are completing the Continuing Competence test are now required to have their photo taken on the day of their test. This photograph will be stored by Pearson Vue and used to check candidates’ identity when returning for their repeat test every two years.

It is important to note that if a candidate refuses to have their photograph taken on the day of their test, the test centre will not allow them to sit their test.

The photo will not be used for any other purpose besides an additional identity check. Learners will have an updated photograph taken every time they take the test to ensure Pearson Vue have up to date identification records.

All personal information is securely stored by Pearson Vue. If you have any queries regarding this update, please contact CIWM directly by emailing

WAMITAB Developing Skills for the Future Webinar

On Thursday 27th January, Albion took part in our first virtual event of the year, with Director Alasdair Meldrum co-hosting the WAMITAB Developing Skills for the Future Webinar.

The event discussed topics from the history of WAMITAB (now CIWM), to the delivery of awards and candidate case studies. Guest speaker Ronnie Robinson from SEPA discussed technical competence and the new guidance which was published in July 2021.

For those who missed the live webinar, you can access the recording below and hear about any future SWITCH Events directly from their website here.

“WAMITAB Developing Skills for the Future” Webinar Recording

Keep an eye out on our social media channels to hear about any upcoming events relevant to the waste, environmental and resource management industry.

Follow our Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin accounts.

Industry News Update – WAMITAB is now integrated into CIWM

This week the merger of WAMITAB to CIWM completed, meaning CIWM is now the Awarding Organisation and End Point Assessment Organisation for qualifications and apprenticeships previously offered by WAMITAB.

Albion Environmental has been an experienced provider of WAMITAB qualifications for over 15 years, and we will continue to provide these awards under the CIWM Qualifications Centre Network.

Albion have a proven track record of delivering WAMITAB Awards to several local authorities and public and private sector organisations, many of whom have engaged with us further to develop and roll-out the delivery of their own in-house training for all levels of staff . We are passionate about maintaining a high standard of competence within the waste and resource management sector and are confident that the merger of WAMITAB to CIWM will deliver opportunities to continue improving the education curriculum and build a highly skilled workforce.

We are delighted to receive our new accreditation certificate from the new CIWM (WAMITAB) Qualifications Centre Network and look forward to supporting new candidates through their awards.

If you’re interested in learning more about our waste management training and qualifications, you can find more information here:  or submit an enquiry to

Meet the Team – Issue 12

Welcome to another issue of our ‘Meet the Team’ blog series, where each of our staff members answer some questions and share some insights into their job roles and interests outside of Albion. This week we spoke to our HR & Office Manager Yas.

Yasmin Watson

Office Administrator/HR/ BMS Co-ordinator  

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Screenshot-2021-10-21-at-15.55.27.png

Favourite Quote: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift” – Anna Eleanor Roosevelt.

Job Title: Office Administrator/HR/ BMS Co-ordinator  

Job Role: In my current role with Albion I am  involved with the up keep and administration of the Business Management System (BMS) standards and accreditation together with tenders, social media, and a range of administrative duties to support the consultancy and business development team. My HR responsibilities include updating all staff files and training records as well and coordinating recruitment campaigns and assisting with inducting and integrating new staff.

Experience:I have over 25 years’ experience in the private sector having worked for a cross section of major blue-chip companies. My key skills and experiences are in organisational, administrative and coordination roles, mainly providing support to senior teams, directors and Corporate Boards.

Favourite project I’ve worked on: Whilst colleagues have specific key projects to focus on, I am a little different in my role as an administrator providing support across the company. However, I have enjoyed taking on more responsibility and ownership of the Albion’s Business Management System (BMS) which in itself has allowed me to assist with support for both business development and customer support in this area.

Although not directly Albion related, I also enjoy playing a key role in the administration and marketing of the Scottish Waste Industry, Training Competency, H&S Forum ( SWITCH). This role focusses on communicating and liaising with Waste Sector organisations across Scotland to provide a focus and leadership for all aspects of health and safety as well as education, training and competence issues across the waste sector.

Get to Know Me:I used to be a member and race in the  Portsmouth Schoolboy Motorbike Scrambling club and was the only girl in my time to participate. I won rider of the year but not for my ability but more for my progression from a novice to be able to compete with confidence in a then “boy’s” world.

In my latter years I trained at Highbury College of Technology and qualified as a chef. My 3-week placement was at Windsor Castle. During this time one of my key achievements was coming runner up in the Hotelympia Catering competition held while I was completing my training at college.G

When I’m not working, you’ll find me at the gym or walking my dogs around the beautiful Ayrshire countryside. On a rainy day I love nothing more than a good jigsaw whilst watching black and white movies and period dramas on Netflix.

Contact me at: or connect on LinkedIn here.

Latest training dates – REHIS 2 Day Training Course

New in-person course date added!

Do you need to comply with current Waste Management Legislation or are you working towards gaining a WAMITAB COTC award? If the answer is ‘yes’ then our 2 Day Working with Waste Management Legislation course is not to be missed.

The next course is running on the 26th & 27th October 2021. Book Here or if you have any questions, you can contact us directly on 01292 610428 to speak to our Training Manager Kirstie MacDougall. 

This two-day course is designed to provide an understanding of the legislation relating to the Waste Management industry and provides background knowledge and understanding for WAMITAB candidates. The course is suitable for those new to the industry, anyone starting or completing WAMITAB COTC awards or experienced managers who require to be kept abreast of recent changes.

Candidates who successfully complete the course will receive a joint certificate from Albion Environmental Ltd and The Royal Environmental Health Institution of Scotland (REHIS) which can be used to demonstrate Advanced Prior Learning (APL) for WAMITAB awards.

To provide evidence of the knowledge & understanding aspects required for the technical units of WAMITAB’s Certificate of Technical Competence (COTC’s) and to provide a basic understanding of the main elements of the Environmental Protection Act 1990

To understand and apply the practical aspects of:

  • The Definition of Waste
  • The Duty of Care
  • Registration of Carriers
  • Special Waste Regulations
  • Transport of Wastes (Including Dangerous Goods)

Course Content

  • 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

Training Methods
Participative with a mix of lecturing, case studies and exercises.

Course Materials include:
Course Manual

Confirmation of Learning
Confirmation of learning is achieved by completion of course exercises.

Please Note: The course will be delivered in our Training Room within the Albion Environmental office in Ayr. All Covid-19 guidance will be followed and the number of attendees will be limited to a maximum of 6 people to ensure candidates can socially distance.