IEMS Recognised as NOCN Centre; Set to Launch Co-branded Waste Sector Course

  • IEMS Award Principles of Waste and Resource Management course to upskill workers in environmental sector
  • NOCN Centre a highly regarded UK-based leader in vocational skills development
  • IEMS part of Bee’ah Group, the Middle East’s sustainability pioneer

Sharjah, UAE, 13 July 2020: The Institute of Environmental Management and Sustainability (IEMS Academy) has been recognised as an NOCN Centre and will launch a number of qualifications within the Environmental, Sustainable and Resource sector. IEMS will start with offering a Level 1 Qualification, the IEMS Award Principles of Waste and Resource Management which is a co-branded certification course.

As part of Bee’ah, the UAE-based environmental services and sustainability pioneer, IEMS Academy delivers combined training and development programmes to upskill businesses and professionals for current and future demands, especially in the environment and sustainability spheres.

The UK-based NOCN is a highly regarded leader in vocational skills development and apprenticeships, and an international Awarding Organisation and End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) that provides quality education.

Commenting on the NOCN Centre approval and co-branded qualifications, Sami Handley, Director at IEMS Academy, said: “The IEMS Academy is passionate about providing world-class training and development programmes and qualifications that will prepare businesses and individuals for jobs of the future. Our vision also includes developing qualification pathways for young students, equipping them with the tools and resources to facilitate their entry into renowned universities and complete their Bachelor and Master degrees.   We are proud to support the UAE’s vision for a future-ready workforce that will drive a knowledge-based economy.”

Tim Dawkins, Business Development Manager ASEAN at NOCN Centre added: “As a UK-based education and skills charity, established in 1987, we have a long history of helping jobseekers to secure sustainable employment and develop themselves by collaborating with employers, training providers and individuals. We are delighted to partner with IEMS to help them with their admirable target of providing cutting-edge learning and development opportunities at all levels. These types of collaborations are the key to shared prosperity and sustainable development.”

The IEMS Award Principles of Waste and Resource Management qualification will provide an overview of waste and resource management, including how to work safely in the industry, along with knowledge of the circular economy. It will address the need for sustainability in the sector, and share an understanding of the legislation that ensures environmental protection. It will also ensure that the individuals operate in a safe environment using equipment and vehicles and underscore the importance of working in a team and communicating with others.


Throughout the qualification, the learner will be assessed through assignments and activities. Final assessment is comprised of an online test that will generate random questions covering the breadth of learning outcomes. The pass rate is set at 70 percent.

The Level One programme is suitable for first-line, experienced and specialist operatives, waste producers and back office staff. Additional qualifications are expected to be added in future for more advanced professionals, or graduates of the first module.

IEMS Academy was established with the aim of moving the UAE closer to its goal for sustainable development, as part of the government’s vision to develop a knowledge-based economy. The Academy sits under the Bee’ah’s Consultancy, Research & Innovation (CRI) division, which offers consultancy and environmental studies to private and public sector clients, leveraging on the company’s expertise in the environmental and sustainability field.

IEMS courses range from vocational to recognised, accredited, industry-specific qualifications within the environment and waste sectors. Several of its operational programmes have been internationally recognised and awarded for providing best-in-class training withing the environmental and resource sectors.


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About IEMS Academy

Institute of Environmental Management and Sustainability, headquartered at Sharjah, offers interactive learning, innovation and skill set advancement for a growing community of public and private sector clients within the GCC. Established in 2017, the semi-government entity provides cutting-edge educational and development opportunities at all levels, from vocational to recognised accredited, industry-specific qualifications within the environmental and waste sectors. IEMS’s team of highly qualified industry professionals and international experts has developed a world-class schedule of quality focused, best-in-class and industry specific training courses, programs and workshops designed to support clients’ commitment to corporate and government sustainability goals. The institute is affiliated with and accredited by leading educational bodies including Waste Management Industry Training Advisory Board (WAMITAB), the Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM), and the Institute of Motor Industry (IMI). For more information on IEMS and its training programs or to register for an IEMS course, go to

About Bee’ah

An innovation leader and a pioneering force for sustainable solutions in the Middle East, Bee’ah is a public-private partnership company that was founded in 2007. With ventures in industries ranging from Waste Management, to Environmental Consulting, Renewable Energy, Technology, Sustainable Transportation, and Training & Development, Bee’ah is creating a better quality of life for all cities and communities in the region. Bee’ah has executed a comprehensive strategy focused on sustainability and technology, which has reaped rich benefits in the form of the region’s highest waste diversion rates, and the GCC’s first waste-to-energy plant. Bee’ah has supported the region’s agenda for a circular economy and personifies the UAE’s ambitions in leading the dialogue surrounding sustainability in the MENA region. For more information, please visit: and connect at and