We have been asked where the necessary skills can be obtained for Landfill Construction Quality Assurance work.
The core skill needed for Landfill CQA is an good appreciation of soils mechanics, as most of the CQA work relates to civil engineering earthworks, so a good grounding comes from the Soils Mechanics tought within any practically based Civil Engineering Course, at HNC, HND, or BSc/degree level.
From time to time, for those who need additional training there are also specialist Soils Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering courses available.
In addition, experience of construction site work is also very important. It is during site work that a CQA Supervisor will obtain familiarity with the wide variety of proprietory geosynthetic materials available, and the various methods of testing employed to ensure contract compliance with the specified installation tests and inspections.
For geomembrane liners and cappings there are very few courses available, so most training in good practice for membrane testing is “on the job” and provided for CQA staff within the consulting organisations undertaking this work.
A good starting point for anyone seeking employment in Landfill CQA in the UK, would be to visit the Charterd Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) web site and look for the next courses in such subjects as “Advanced Landfill Management”.
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