Certificate III in Waste Management

This qualification applies to individuals who apply a broad range of competencies in a varied work context using some discretion, judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. They may be responsible for operational waste management activities, under supervision, supporting a team.


To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

17 units of competency:

5 core units

12 elective units.

The elective units are to be chosen as follows:

a minimum of 4 from Group A, of which up to 2 may be from the Group A elective units listed in add topic CPP40911 Certificate IV in Waste Management

up to 8 units from Group A or Group B

up to 2 units from a Certificate III qualification, or a level above or below, in add topic CPP07 or another current Training Package or state-accredited course, provided the integrity of the AQF alignment is ensured, and they contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic CPPCMN3001B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic CPPCMN3003A

Contribute to workplace safety arrangements

add topic CPPCMN3004A

Respond to enquiries and complaints

add topic CPPWMT3041A

Identify operational requirements of waste management industry

add topic CPPWMT3044A

Identify wastes and hazards

Elective units of competency

Group A elective units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBDIV301

Work effectively with diversity

add topic BSBFLM306

Provide workplace information and resourcing plans

add topic BSBRKG304

Maintain business records

add topic BSBWOR301

Organise personal work priorities and development

add topic CPPWMT3005A

Identify and segregate waste

add topic CPPWMT3011A

Respond to waste emergencies

add topic CPPWMT3013A

Receive waste

add topic CPPWMT3014A

Manually sort waste

add topic CPPWMT3015A

Move waste using loadshifting equipment

add topic CPPWMT3016A

Operate waste processing plant

add topic CPPWMT3017A

Store waste

add topic CPPWMT3018A

Dispatch processed waste

add topic CPPWMT3019A

Prepare waste for re-use

add topic CPPWMT3020A

Place and compact waste

add topic CPPWMT3021A

Cover waste

add topic CPPWMT3023A

Maintain waste disposal sites

add topic CPPWMT3025A

Monitor contained waste

add topic CPPWMT3038A

Process waste

add topic CPPWMT3042A

Follow environmental policies and procedures when transporting waste

add topic CPPWMT3046A

Conduct resource recovery

add topic CPPWMT3051A

Dispose of waste water to sewer

add topic CPPWMT3059A

Plan and conduct waste assessments

add topic CPPWMT3063A

Apply safe operational practices when vehicles contact overhead wires

Group B elective units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBCUS301

Deliver and monitor a service to customers

add topic BSBFIA301

Maintain financial records

add topic BSBFIA302

Process payroll

add topic BSBFIA303

Process accounts payable and receivable

add topic BSBFIA304

Maintain a general ledger

add topic BSBFLM303

Contribute to effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBFLM309

Support continuous improvement systems and processes

add topic BSBFLM312

Contribute to team effectiveness

add topic BSBINM301

Organise workplace information

add topic BSBINN201

Contribute to workplace innovation

add topic BSBITU306

Design and produce business documents

add topic BSBPRO301

Recommend products and services

add topic BSBWOR201

Manage personal stress in the workplace

add topic CPPCMN2001B

Control and direct traffic

add topic CPPWMT3054A

Maintain credit control

add topic CPPWMT4055A

Develop waste management proposals

add topic HLTFA301C

Apply first aid

add topic HLTFA302A

Provide first aid in remote situation

add topic AHCCOM302

Dispatch materials and composted product

add topic AHCPHT307

Prepare raw materials and compost the feedstocks

add topic AHCPHT308

Prepare value-added compost-based products

add topic AHCCOM401

Develop a composting recipe

add topic SIRXSLS304

Coordinate sales performance

add topic TLIB3006

Carry out inspection of vehicles designed to carry special loads

add topic TLIC3004

Drive heavy rigid vehicle

add topic TLIC3005

Drive heavy combination vehicle

add topic TLIC4006

Drive multi-combination vehicle

add topic TLID2003

Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances

add topic TLID3024

Use specialised liquid bulk transfer equipment (gravity/pressurised)

add topic TLIF2010

Apply fatigue management strategies

add topic TLIF3013

Coordinate breakdowns and emergencies

add topic TLIH3002

Plan and navigate routes

add topic TLILIC2016

Licence to drive heavy rigid vehicle

add topic TLILIC3017

Licence to drive heavy combination vehicle

add topic TLILIC3018

Licence to drive multi-combination vehicle

Subject lists

Certificate III in Waste Management


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Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


listen to and understand work instructions, directions and feedback

speak clearly and directly to relay information

read and interpret workplace related documentation, such as job sheets and material safety data sheets

write reports and documentation

interpret the needs of team members from clear information and feedback

apply basic numeracy skills to workplace requirements involving measuring and counting

establish and use networks

share information, e.g. with other staff, and working as part of a team

negotiate responsively, e.g. regarding own work role and conditions, and possibly with contractors

persuade effectively

be appropriately assertive, e.g. in relation to safe or ethical work practices and own work role


work as an individual and a team member

work with diverse individuals and groups

apply knowledge of own role as part of a team

identify and use the strengths of other team members

give feedback, coach and mentor


develop practical and creative solutions to workplace problems

show independence and initiative in identifying problems

solve problems individually or in teams

use numeracy skills to solve problems, e.g. time management, simple calculations, and shift handover

test assumptions and take context into account

listen to and resolve concerns in relation to workplace issues

resolve client concerns relative to workplace responsibilities

Initiative and enterprise

adapt to new situations

be creative in response to workplace challenges within relevant guidelines and protocols

identify opportunities that might not be obvious to others

generate a range of options in response to workplace matters

translate ideas into action

develop innovative solutions

Planning and organising

collect, analyse and organise information

use basic business systems for planning and organising

be appropriately resourceful

take limited initiative and make decisions within workplace role

participate in continuous improvement and planning processes

work within or establish clear work goals and deliverables

determine or apply required resources

allocate resources to tasks and workplace requirements (only for team leader or leading hand roles)

manage time and priorities

adapt resource allocations to cope with contingencies


be self-motivated

articulate own ideas and vision

balance own ideas, values and vision with workplace values and requirements

monitor and evaluate own performance

take responsibility at the appropriate level


be open to learning new ideas and techniques

learn in a range of settings, including informal learning

participate in ongoing learning

learn in order to accommodate change

learn new skills and techniques

take responsibility for own learning

contribute to the learning of others, e.g. by sharing information

apply a range of learning approaches

develop own learning pathways

participate in developing own learning plans, e.g. as part of performance management


use technology and related workplace equipment

use basic technology skills to organise data

adapt to new technology skill requirements

apply OHS knowledge when using technology

apply technology as a management tool