Certificate IV in Waste Management

This qualification applies to individuals who use well developed skills and a broad knowledge base in a wide variety of waste management contexts. They may be responsible for wide-ranging operational waste management activity and a defined range of unpredictable problems. They may be required to analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. They may also be required to provide leadership and guidance and have responsibility for the output of others.


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

18 units of competency:

7 core

11 elective units.

The elective units must ensure the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and are to be chosen as follows:

a minimum of 4 units from Group A, of which up to 2 may be from the Group A elective units listed in add topic CPP30711 Certificate III in Waste Management or add topic CPP508011 Diploma of Waste Management

up to 7 units from Group A or Group B

up to 2 units from Certificate IV qualifications, or a level above or below, in add topic CPP07 or another current Training Package or state-accredited course.

Core units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic CPPCMN4002B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic CPPCMN4004B

Facilitate effective client relationships

add topic CPPCMN4005A

Facilitate effective teamwork

add topic CPPCMN4006A

Facilitate effective workplace relationships

add topic CPPCMN4007A

Manage workplace safety arrangements

add topic CPPWMT4030A

Determine waste management services

add topic CPPWMT4050A

Deliver training in hazard identification and waste emergency responses

Elective units of competency

Group A elective units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBINN301

Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic CPPWMT4001A

Plan waste audits

add topic CPPWMT4002A

Carry out waste audits

add topic CPPWMT4003A

Review, evaluate and document waste assessment findings

add topic CPPWMT4006A

Organise waste recovery

add topic CPPWMT4007A

Implement waste management plans

add topic CPPWMT4022A

Monitor waste disposal sites

add topic CPPWMT4027A

Select and obtain waste management plant, equipment and materials

add topic CPPWMT4032A

Inform and educate clients on waste management issues

add topic CPPWMT4035A

Undertake waste process audits

add topic CPPWMT4037A

Conduct minor maintenance and repairs on waste processing plant and equipment

add topic CPPWMT4052A

Organise waste management operations

add topic CPPWMT4053A

Conduct and monitor waste management operations

add topic CPPWMT4055A

Develop waste management proposals

add topic CPPWMT4056A

Implement landfill rehabilitation plans

add topic CPPWMT4060A

Apply lean management techniques

add topic CPPWMT4062A

Apply waste avoidance techniques

Group B elective units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBADM504

Plan or review administrative systems

add topic BSBATSIW416

Obtain and manage consultancy services

add topic BSBFIA302

Process payroll

add topic BSBFIA402

Report on financial activity

add topic BSBHRM401A

Review human resources functions

add topic BSBHRM402A

Recruit, select and induct staff

add topic BSBITB501A

Establish and maintain a workgroup computer network

add topic BSBLED401

Develop teams and individuals

add topic BSBMGT406

Plan and monitor continuous improvement

add topic BSBMKG514

Implement and monitor marketing activities

add topic BSBRSK501

Manage risk

add topic BSBSLS407

Identify and plan sales prospects

add topic BSBSLS408

Present, secure and support sales solutions

add topic CPPPMT3005A

Modify environment to manage pests

add topic TAEASS401A

Plan assessment activities and processes

add topic TAEDEL301

Provide work skill instruction

add topic TAEDEL401

Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

add topic TLID2016

Load and unload explosives and dangerous goods

add topic TLIF3063

Administer the implementation of fatigue management strategies


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


listen to and understand work instructions, directions and feedback, including communication with contractors

speak clearly and directly to relay information, including to staff

read and interpret workplace related documentation, such as OHS requirements and hazard and risk instructions

write reports and documentation

interpret the needs of clients and staff

apply numeracy skills to workplace requirements involving measuring and counting

establish and use networks

share information with other staff and clients

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

persuade effectively

be appropriately assertive, e.g. in relation to safe or ethical work practices, own work role or issues relating to hazardous waste


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, shift handover, weights and volume measurements

test assumptions and take context into account

listen to and resolve concerns in relation to workplace issues

resolve client concerns relative to workplace responsibilities if role has direct client contact

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

implement theoretical ideas

develop innovative solutions

develop a strategic, creative and long-term vision

Planning and organising

collect, analyse and organise information

use organisation’s basic business systems for planning and organising

be appropriately resourceful

take 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 people and other resources to tasks and workplace requirements

manage time and priorities

adapt resource allocations to cope with contingencies


be self-motivated

articulate own ideas and vision within a team or supervised work context

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, for example 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