International Waste Manager Certification

In 2005 ISWA launched its certification on professional qualifications. The certification programme is designed to provide an internationally recognized certification for individual professional waste managers based on their academic achievements and their practical work experience.

This certification is awarded at three levels, depending on how applicants meet the ISWA criteria:

  • International
  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
  • Technical

For more information on the IWM certification please view the brochure.

Concerning the various payment options please note our Banking Instructions for International Waste Manager Payments.

To apply for IWM certification, please complete the  IWM application form and send it together with your CV to ISWA General Secretariat to


IWM Professional Register


To view the Register of IWM Professionals, please click here.


How to Become IWM Certified


You can find out about the various ISWA Membership categories and benefits via our membership page here.



There are a number of means through which you can qualify as an IWM Certified Waste Manager. When preparing your application, please ensure it meets one of the following criteria before submitting:

You have a relevant diploma or Bachelors degree (or higher), plus 4 years practical work experience. Or,
If you do not have the academic background, at least 8 years practical work experience within solid waste management.



Complete the IWM 001 application form, which can be downloaded here, and send it to together with your CV.

The initial application review period is 6-8 weeks. If you pass this stage, you will be invited to prepare a personal report. At this point the initial registration fee of €50 (not including VAT) is due.

Please note, we will not continue to process your application or review the personal report without payment of the registration fee.

During the review of all the applications, we will contact you to clarify any details which may be missing. Please familiarise yourself with the application guidelines and ensure you stick to the word limits.



Following the review, you will be invited to the professional interview.

You should submit your final application and personal report at least six weeks in advance of your chosen interview date. The application deadlines and interview dates can be found here.

For this, the final fee is payable (varies depending on your location). We will not inform you of your result until the payment is made in full. After which, you will be required to sign the ISWA IWM Code of Ethics form, along with an agreement to Continuing Professional Development.

Generally, the interviews take place online via videoconferencing software for around 1 – 1.5 hours.



Please read the brochure here for more detailed information.

For any further information or questions, please contact ISWA General Secretariat at

IWM Interviews

Upcoming Dates:

Email to inquire about upcoming interview dates.

Your Personal Report 

You Personal Report should be no more than 4 A4 pages, and should provide an overview of your achievements and experiences.

Please use the following sub-headings in your personal report:

PART 1.1 – Details of my previous and present posts in chronological order

PART 1.2 – Demonstration of how I meet the criteria set down for ISWA international Waste Manager through my academic and practical experience

PART 1.3 – Evidence of my academic qualifications

PART 1.4 – Details of training courses I have attended

PART 2.1– Report on projects and other activities with which I have been involved

PART 2.2 – Demonstration of how I meet the criteria set down for ISWA International Waste Manager through my project report.

You can find an example of a personal report here.