Operators of waste disposal facilities must be certified by the MPCA. The agency provides workshops and conferences to help you obtain and stay up-to-date on your certification.

Training covers public health issues, rules and regulations, waste screening, asbestos, stormwater requirements, landfill design, facility operations, and closure/post closure.

You can request that the MPCA approve training provided by other organizations to count towards MPCA operator certification. Submit the request at least 60 days before the training event.

Certification training

Find all of our upcoming trainings on the events calendar. Use the event type and category filters to quickly find relevant trainings organized by topic.

Upcoming training

Type II training and exam

This two-day course with exam is for professionals pursuing careers in municipal solid waste management (Nine contact hours). You must pass the exam to be certified to operate Type II facilities, which include sanitary, modified sanitary, and sludge landfills. Certification is good for three years.

Certification prerequisites:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent experience
  • At least 15 contact hours of training in the three years prior to your application
  • At least six months of work experience as a Type II facility operator

Type III training and exam

This two-day course with exam is for professionals pursuing careers in demolition waste and industrial waste management (Nine contact hours). You must pass the exam to be certified to operate Type III facilities, which include demolition waste and non-hazardous industrial waste landfills. Certification is good for three years.

Certification prerequisite:

  • At least four contact hours of training in the three years prior to your application

Solid waste refresher training

This one-day refresher counts toward certification renewal hours for Type II or Type III operators. Half the training is in the classroom, followed by a facility tour.

Certification renewal

To renew your certification, you'll need:

  • Type II - (18) contact hours over three years
  • Type III - (6) contact hours over three years