Competency Management System (CMS)

The new Competence Management System (CMS) scheme was developed jointly by the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and the Energy and Utility Sector Skills Council (EU Sector Skills). It allows all operators that require an Environmental Permit to demonstrate technical competence of their site management as required by the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007. 

Benefits of CMS? 

  • Integrates with existing systems .   Can be used standalone but, being a management system itself, can integrate with your existing management systems (environment, health & safety, business continuity, etc.).
  • Provides choice .   CMS was developed in response to the waste management industry’s request for an alternative to the existing Certificate of Technical Competence (COTC) system, as was the CIWM/WAMITAB scheme. 
  • DEFRA and WAG approved . Officially approved by Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government as a method of demonstrating technically competent management and available for use by employers. 
  • Effective and productive . CMS organises employees more effectively and productively by deploying them in a way that ensures site operation is always technically competent.
  • Complements training . CMS takes into account vocational and academic qualifications, internal and external training, based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) where applicable. 
  • More holistic methodology . CMS takes competence up a level, moving from purely individual competence to a more holistic corporate competency approach.

Why choose LRQA for CMS?

  • Environmental experience

  • LRQA has been at the forefront of standards development and involved in environmental assessment and training for more than 20 years.
  • Business Assurance

  • Our Business Assurance approach means our assessors always try to add value and to use objectivity to ensure you are managing competency effectively within your organisation.
  • Unsurpassed knowledge

  • CMS is management system-based, so LRQA’s knowledge in this area which we have accrued since 1985 makes us the natural choice.

What is CMS certification?

The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007 (amended 2010) came into force in 2008 and allowed for approved schemes to be used to demonstrate technical competence for permitted sites. CMS is relevant to any organisation, in any sector, that deals with waste management activities and needs an environmental permit for its waste operations in England and Wales.

Competence Management Systems CMS enables operators to demonstrate technically competent management of permitted activities by creating and maintaining a CMS that is independently certified as meeting the requirements of the standard.

It will ensure that all individuals on site, whose work contributes to the conditions of an environmental permit are competent to carry out the work of their role.

Being management system-based, a CMS assessment can be done standalone or as part of ISO 14001 surveillance activities. So if you already have ISO 14001, talk to us about how we can incorporate your CMS assessment into your existing surveillance visits. Alternatively enquire about the certification process for Competence Management Systems CMS.

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