Diploma of Waste Management

This qualification applies to individuals who provide leadership and strategic direction in the waste management activity of an organisation. They analyse, design and execute judgements using wide-ranging technical, creative, conceptual or managerial competencies. Their knowledge base may be highly specialised or broad within the waste management field. These individuals may be responsible for group outcomes and for the overall performance of waste management activity of an organisation.


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

19 units of competency:

8 core units

11 elective units.

The elective units are to be chosen as follows:

a minimum of 3 units 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 Diploma qualifications, 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 BSBLED502A

Manage programs that promote personal effectiveness

add topic BSBOHS509A

Ensure a safe workplace

add topic BSBRSK501A

Manage risk

add topic CPPCMN4001B

Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability

add topic CPPWMT5004A

Develop waste management strategies

add topic CPPWMT5036A

Develop waste management plans

add topic CPPWMT5045A

Develop site safety plans

add topic CPPWMT5058A

Develop emergency response plans

Elective units of competency

Group A elective units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBMGT615

Contribute to organisation development

add topic CPPWMT5033A

Educate public on waste management issues

add topic CPPWMT5043A

Develop and implement an environmental management strategy

add topic CPPWMT5057A

Develop landfill rehabilitation plans

add topic CPPWMT5061A

Plan resource recovery

Elective units of competency

Group B elective units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBADM504

Plan or review administrative systems

add topic BSBATSIM505

Control organisation finances

add topic BSBATSIW416

Obtain and manage consultancy services

add topic BSBCUE604

Develop and maintain a service level strategy

add topic BSBCUS501

Manage quality customer service

add topic BSBFIM501

Manage budgets and financial plans

add topic BSBHRM402A

Recruit, select and induct staff

add topic BSBHRM503B

Manage performance management systems

add topic BSBHRM504A

Manage workforce planning

add topic BSBINM501

Manage an information or knowledge management system

add topic BSBINN502

Build and sustain an innovative work environment

add topic BSBITB501A

Establish and maintain a workgroup computer network

add topic BSBMGT502

Manage people performance

add topic BSBMKG608

Develop organisational marketing objectives

add topic BSBSLS501

Develop a sales plan

add topic BSBSLS502

Lead and manage a sales team

add topic BSBWOR501

Manage personal work priorities and professional development

add topic CPPWMT5031A

Prepare detailed tenders

add topic LGACOM602B

Coordinate and facilitate a change process

add topic LGACORE603B

Represent councils role and value in the community

add topic LGAEHRR509A

Undertake environmental and nuisance controls

add topic LGAEHRW507A

Plan and coordinate a waste collection or recycling service

add topic LGAEHRW603B

Coordinate the implementation of councils waste management strategy

add topic TAEDES401

Design and develop learning programs


    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 complex information

speak clearly and directly to relay information, including complex theoretical information, possibly relating to strategic planning

read and interpret workplace related documentation, such as safety requirements and planning documents

write reports to develop or monitor plans and performance

interpret the needs of internal and external clients from a range of information sources

apply numeracy skills to workplace requirements involving measuring, counting, calculating, monitoring and evaluating

establish and use networks

share information with other staff and clients

negotiate responsively, e.g. regarding own work role and conditions, and with clients possibly on contractual issues

persuade effectively in line with own work role, including staff, clients and other stakeholders

be appropriately assertive


work as an individual and a team member

work with diverse individuals and groups

apply knowledge of own role as part of a team

apply team management skills to a range of situations

identify and use the strengths of other team members

give feedback, coach and mentor

demonstrate leadership


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. in relation to client assessment and management

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

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

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

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 and as a coach or mentor

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