Course Details

This is an MBE Skillnet Funded programme. Delivered online with webinars, this course examines all elements relating to Waste Management including Sustainability and Environmental Issues and their impact on all sectors of Business and Community.

A new start date for this course is TBC. To register your interest please contact us.

Portobello Certificate
Course Delivery Mode Start Date Duration
Waste Management, Sustainability & Environmental Issues
Delivery Mode
Online with live lectures
Start Date
6 weeks


This comprehensive programme, with tuition fees funded by MBE Skillnet, examines all elements relating to Waste Management including Sustainability and Environmental Issues and their impact on all sectors of Business and Community.

The delivery of this programme is by interactive webinar sessions and online learning allowing you the flexibility to study from a location convenient to you. Webinars are recorded allowing you the opportunity to catch up should you miss a session.

As an academic Institution we recognise, in Portobello Institute, every student has different needs. We allocate additional time at the end of each webinar for Q&A with the module lecturer. This interactive webinar, together with the one to one support available, gives a learning journey unique to your learning style and needs.

Why should I study this course?

Waste Management is the precise name for the collection, transport, disposal and/or recycling and monitoring of waste and is the term assigned to the waste material that is produced through human activity. Waste material is managed to avoid its adverse effect over human health and the environment.

Waste disposal for organisations can be costly. Effective waste management can make your organisation more cost effective, conserve energy and can also prevent the environment from being harmed.

Who will recognise my qualification?

Upon completion of this course you will hold a Portobello Institute certificate in Waste Management, Sustainability and Environmental Issues.

What will I study during this Waste Management, Sustainability & Environmental Issues course?

During this course, you will gain an understanding of waste regulations and legislation compliance. You will identify practical steps for waste prevention/reduction and waste management planning, and understand the importance of Waste Management Good Practice.

You will learn how to effectively manage waste management contracts – guidance around specifying contract terms, preparing a tender, understanding/minimising risk, KPIs, data requirements, costs etc. You will also have the opportunity to assist in the development of a waste management plan.

During this programme you will cover the following topics;

  • Principles of Waste Management
  • Sustainability
  • Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Impact of Waste Management on the environment
  • How to manage waste and its safe disposal
  • How to improve environmental awareness and responsibility
  • Principles of Management, Strategy and Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Health and Safety Management
  • Procurement, Contracts, SLA’s, KPI’s etc
  • Communications Strategy

Who will I learn from?

Programme Manager

Gerry Kelly

For over 40 years Gerry worked in both the Private and Public Sectors. During that time, he held the position of Chief Executive with a Semi State Organisation; Press Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Minister for Labour; Senior Director Roles in Public Relations, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Customer Service, Corporate and Social Responsibility and Emotional Intelligence in State and Semi State Bodies. Prior to working in the Public Sector, he worked in the Printing Industry where he introduced the first computer setting facility to the Commercial Printing Sector in Ireland. He was also Ireland’s Graphic Designer of the Year.

Working with Portobello Institute for the past 7 years he is Programme Manager for the Facilities Management BSc and MSc Programmes. He also provides student support and mentoring on the Institutes IWFM Programmes along with lecturing on the Institutes CSR, Customer Relations, Strategic Management and Risk Management Programmes. His main reason for supporting Portobello is to continue working with people on their personal and career development while sharing with them his world of work experiences.

Gerry has direct hands-on and tutoring experience of almost 20 years in the areas of Customer Service, Active Citizenship and Corporate and Social Responsibility and has studied Active Citizenship and Corporate and Social Responsibility at Northwestern University Chicago; Advanced Strategic Management and International Marketing at the International Management Development Institute, Geneva; Commerce at UCD and Senior Executive Development, Irish Management Institute.

Working with Multi-National Corporations in Ireland, the US and Europe he designed, developed, tutored and implemented over 100 Corporate and Social Responsibility, Customer Service, Education, Emotional Intelligence and Cross Border Programmes targeted at influencing and improving the work opportunities and lives of people living in the Inner Cities of Belfast and Dublin.

Personal Academic Tutor

Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support you throughout your learning journey. They are available to offer you telephone and email support at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.

Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.

This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello as your Institute of choice to complete your studies.

How will I learn?

Delivery Mode

This course has been specifically designed for delivery by online learning with live interactive webinar sessions. It is very suited to you if you have a busy work and home life and want to fit study around this.

During the induction, you will be given your log-in details to the online portal,  “ePortobello”. Here you will find course notes, reading lists, articles of interest and assessment guidelines. The content is structured in an easy to “find and follow”  format. You will need basic computer skills such as searching the internet and typing a word document. The webinars are scheduled every week on the same evening to give structure to your learning journey and encourage you to continue to progress through the programme.

There is one to one tutor support available to you during your learning journey. Online learning allows you to study at your time with support available  when you need it.

Having the flexibility to choose whether you attend a lecture as it is taking place or to catch up later means you can seamlessly access and fit education into your life whilst still continuing with your everyday life.


What is a Webinar?

A webinar, in the context of online learning, is a lecturer delivering a presentation or class online to a group of students. We use specifically designed e-learning software so you can participate in the class just as if you were present in the same room. You can ask a question of the lecturer at any stage during the class. The software is designed with “break-out rooms” where you can discuss a topic or complete a group exercise with a smaller group from your class. You will need a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone that has internet connection, an audio facility so you can hear and speak during the class and a camera so your lecturer and fellow class participants can see you. The webinar is a secure online environment and only those permitted entry by the lecturer can gain access to the “classroom”. Webinars are recorded during each session and should you miss a session, you can catch up with the recorded session at a later date. You will only be able to access Webinars of the group you are assigned to.

Course Structure

This is a 6 week course with Webinars delivered on Monday evenings from 7-9pm. There is no webinars held on Bank Holiday Mondays.



Webinars take place Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Sessions are recoded so you can catch up later if you should miss a session.

How will I be assessed?

This is a short course with the aim of enhancing your knowledge in this focused area of study. The assessment strategy is designed to support students with different learning styles and also takes into consideration this is a short course with the majority of students working full-time in this or a related area.

The assessment for this short course is seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and how to practically implement these methods into your everyday practice.


Course Delivery Mode
Waste Management, Sustainability & Environmental Issues
Delivery Mode
Online with live lectures
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Speak to an expert

Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision. Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice. Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have.

It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs.

Your Consultant

Janice OToole

Education is a journey that we all begin and finish at different points in our lives. I support students from all walks of life as they map out the path to their dream career. As I am often the first point of contact for many prospective students, I am excited to introduce students to the Portobello Institute experience. I love learning about students’ ideas, goals, and passions, and this job allows me to do so.

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How do I apply?

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.

The tuition fee is funded by MBE Skillnet . This is limited to 20 places and these are allocated on a first come first served basis. Your place is not confirmed until you have paid MBE Skillnet the small remaining balance of fees due of €45.

How to access funding

Midland Border East Skillnet is a national, multi sectoral learning network encompassing companies of all sizes. Their key focus is on the needs of member companies, to identify and drive training and upskilling across all sectors, to meet business, people, and performance needs of members. They offer funding towards upskilling in programmes across a wide variety of disciplines.

To apply for funding, the company you work for is required to become a member of MBE Skillnet network. There is no cost associated and membership is open to all private sector companies, from all industries and sectors throughout Ireland. To join, see the Midland Border East Skillnet Membership Form

You will also be required to apply to Portobello Institute for this programme. You will then be required to pay directly to MBE Skillnet the fee of €45 due for the course and MBE will pay Portobello Institute directly on your behalf.

  1. Enquire through Portobello Institute.
  2. Become a member company of MBE Skillnet and apply to Portobello Institute.
  3. Portobello Institute will confirm/offer you a place on the programme.
  4. Pay fees to MBE Skillnet.
  5. MBE Skillnet confirm payment of fees.
  6. Portobello Institute will confirm place on programme.
  7. MBE Skillnet pay Portobello Institute.

To Contact MBE Skillnet directly,

Midland Border East Skillnet,

Unit 8 Teemore Business Park
Co Longford

043 66 86000
[email protected]


Without a Leaving Certificate

There are no previous academic or experience requirements for this course.

Application Process

Step 1

Complete the online booking form.

Step 2

Applicants will be contacted for confirmation of their personal details.

Step 3

Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants upon successful review of their application.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed when tuition fees are received.

Fees & Payment Options


Course Price

Year 1 base fee


Exam Body Reg. Fee


Overall Course Price

Total amount due


Available Courses

Course Delivery Mode Start Date Duration Fees Per Year
Waste Management, Sustainability & Environmental Issues
Delivery Mode
Online with live lectures
Start Date
6 weeks
Fees Per Year


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