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Face-to-face training during Covid-19

Due to the current situation with Covid-19 and difficulties with finding venues and social distancing,  we have taken the decision to postpone all of our upcoming face-to-face training for 2020, including DoWCoP, Non-Licensable Work and Gas Verification.
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Our eLearning courses (including Asbestos Awareness, Sustainable Remedaition Appraisal, Soil and Groundwater Risk Assessment and Brownfield Site Investigation) are still available.

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Definition of Waste: Code of Practice Training

2021 dates are now available - please go to the bottom of this page.

This course explains in detail how the various scenarios for material reuse in the CL:AIRE Definition of Waste Code of Practice (DoWCoP) are dealt with, the operational boundaries and its interaction with other industry initiatives. Upon completion of the course delegates will be confident to use, or work alongside the DoWCoP.


The DoWCoP provides a streamlined mechanism for exiting the complex world of Waste Legislation for the re-use of excavated materials. It can be used by individuals involved in development activities ranging from general earthworks to complex land remediation projects and is applicable to both Greenfield and Brownfield sites. The DoWCoP is summarised in CL:AIREs Guidance Bulletin 3.

Download the GB 03 - The Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice

When successfully applied the DoWCoP can bring about significant cost savings to those who have formerly used waste management exemptions and is a quantifiable indicator of sustainable development!

Since its introduction in September 2008, use in the industry has steadily grown. This has primarily been driven by increasing landfill costs, a growing emphasis on sustainable development (including earthworks) and the removal of familiar and widely used waste exemptions. It is also regularly being referenced in Planning Permissions and waste policy documents.

Version 2 of the Code of Practice was launched in March 2011 with an extended scope. The scenarios now covered are:

  • Direct Transfer of clean naturally occurring soils
  • Reuse of naturally elevated substances in soils e.g. arsenic, lead
  • Cluster projects (multiple reuse at different development sites within a similar time frame)
  • Brownfield to Brownfield transfers
  • Fixed Soil Treatment Facilities allowing the release of treated materials to the market place

The course also looks at other industry and regulatory initiatives including WRAP Quality Protocol, Standard Rules Permits and the interaction with new waste exemptions e.g. U1.

Who Should Attend?

The course is aimed at all organisations involved with the development of land and therefore particularly relevant to the following groups who expect to use or work with the DoWCoP:

  • Civil Engineering & Earthworks contractors
  • Haulage companies
  • Developers & House-builders
  • Landowners
  • On-site screening and sorting operators
  • Demolition Contractors
  • Regulators Consultants
  • Specialist Remediation companies
  • Fixed Soil Treatment Facility operators (including potential operators).

The course is also valuable to those who need to understand the applicability of the DoWCoP in drafting planning decisions, waste policy documents and how it fits within the Waste Hierarchy.

Attendance on a recognised training course remains one of the requirements for individuals wishing to register as a Qualified Person.

All Qualified Persons are required to register with CL:AIRE on an annual basis.

An annual fee of £150 is required in order to maintain the public register and support the ongoing administration of the DoWCoP.

Renewals are carried out at the start of each calendar year.