The professional waste management industry has been taken to the next level by the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) which has launched its first National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 4 accredited waste management training course in Southern Africa.

The inaugural training course was a great success and attended by 15 delegates. According to IWMSA’s president, Dr Suzan Oelofse, the majority of these delegates are recurring attendees which means that they have already obtained the NQF Level 1 to 3 training certificates.

Keeping up

South Africa’s waste industry is experiencing much change, making it even more important for waste management professionals to be equipped with the necessary skills and tools to perform.

With the NQF Level 4 accredited waste management training course, trainees are equipped with the requisite technical skills and knowledge that promotes professional competence to perform supervisory roles with confidence.

“When completed, the training course equips attendees with the capacity to review information and identify environmental problems and opportunities for improvement; uncover solutions to these problems and issues in the workplace; and to develop and implement a plan of action for all possible improvements,” says Oelofse.

Training is one of the core functions of IWMSA, and this new addition to the organisation’s training programme emphasizes the organisation’s contribution to effective waste management.

“The programme is tailored for improvement of the overall delivery of South African waste management services and transforming it into a world class industry. The training programmes are hands-on and promote critical thinking and interaction. Facilitators have years of experience in the industry which promises healthy debate between delegates,” adds Oelofse.

Course material

IWMSA’s new NFQ Level 4 accredited training course supports its objective of positively influencing more people in the industry, as well as developing quality waste management specialists.

“The more people we can reach through our training programmes, the sooner we will witness positive changes within the industry,” says Oelofse.