Certifications, trainings and COVID-19

This page contains information related to certification and training for:

More information on other certifications and training will be coming soon.

Solid waste landfill operator training and certification

The MPCA has canceled all Solid Waste Landfill Operator Training events through June 2020.

  • March 25–26: Type III Demolition/Industrial Landfill Operator Certification workshop in St. Cloud
  • April 9: Landfill Operator Issues Refresher in Shakopee
  • April 15–16: Type III Demolition/Industrial Landfill Operator Certification workshop in Bemidji
  • May 6–7: Type III Demolition/Industrial Landfill Operator Certification workshop in Marshall
  • May 13–14: Type II Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Operator Certification workshop in Grand Rapids
  • June 3-4: Type III Demolition/Industrial Landfill Operator Certification workshop in Eagan

The most up-to-date cancellations, rescheduling, and event changes can be found on the Training for landfill operators page.

Those enrolled in canceled MPCA conferences, workshops, and exam sessions are encouraged to use those fees towards future training courses, but you may request a refund if you prefer. Contact Diane Belanger by phone if you would like to request a refund: 651-757-2072.

The 2020 Solid Waste Landfill Operator Training Calendar will follow guidance in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota. It may be possible to reschedule canceled classes or exam sessions in the weeks and months ahead as conditions and logistics allow.  We will keep you updated through announcements posted on the MPCA Landfill Operator Training webpage.
 
The MPCA wants to assure certified individuals that:

  • Certifications scheduled to expire between March 13 and December 31, 2020, will not lapse as a result of course cancellations or COVID-19 related restrictions. This date may be reassessed in the future.
  • Individuals with certifications that expire during this timeframe will not be required to retest, and;
  • Solid waste landfill professionals will still be responsible for obtaining their required continuing education hours within one year of when training becomes available again.

We appreciate your patience as we work to identify and respond to landfill operator needs.  Specific details and guidance related to landfill operator certification will be shared in the coming weeks, so please watch for news and announcements on the MPCA Landfill Operator Training webpage.

Individuals seeking regulatory flexibility due to COVID-19 for issues other than certification renewal must contact MPCA.COVID19REGFLEX@state.mn.us where these requests will be managed on a case-by-case basis. More information: COVID-19 and regulatory flexibility.
 

Wastewater operator training and certification

The MPCA has canceled Wastewater and Collection System Operator training events through June 18, 2020. The list of canceled workshops includes:

  • March 23–25: Annual Collection System Operators Conference in Brooklyn Park
  • March 25–27: Annual Wastewater Operation Conference in Brooklyn Park
  • April 14–16: Type IV Basic (Biosolids Land Application) workshop in Mankato
  • May 12–14: Stabilization Pond Seminar in New Ulm
  • May 28: Type IV Refresher (Biosolids Land Application) - classroom canceled, online options being evaluated.
    We are evaluating our ability to deliver the Type IV Refresher online sometime in June, 2020. Details on this offering will be shared in mid-May and posted to the Wastewater Training and Certification webpage.
  • June 16 – 18: Type V Basic (Spray Irrigation) - This workshop has been postponed.
  • June 17: Pump Workshop in Vadnais Heights

The most up-to-date cancellations, rescheduling, and event changes can be found on the Wastewater training and certification page.

Those enrolled in canceled MPCA conferences, workshops, and exam sessions are encouraged to use those fees towards future training courses, but you may request a refund if you prefer. Contact Annaliza Heesch by email if you would like to request a refund: annaliza.heesch@state.mn.us.

Additional June events have not yet been canceled; however, we will not be accepting additional registrations for June classes at this time.  June events may be canceled or registration reopened pending ongoing restrictions related to COVID-19. The 2020 Wastewater Operator Training Calendar will follow guidance in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota. It may be possible to reschedule canceled classes or exam sessions in the weeks and months ahead as conditions and logistics allow. We will keep you updated through announcements posted on the MPCA Wastewater Training and Certification webpage.
 
The MPCA wants to assure certified individuals that:

  • Certifications scheduled to expire between March 13 and December 31, 2020, will not lapse as a result of course cancellations or COVID-19 related restrictions. This date may be reassessed in the future.
  • Individuals with certifications that expire during this timeframe will not be required to retest, and;
  • Wastewater professionals will still be responsible for obtaining their required continuing education hours within one year of when training becomes available again.

We appreciate your patience as we work to identify and respond to wastewater operator needs. Specific details and guidance related to wastewater operator certification will be shared in the coming weeks, so please watch for news and announcements on the MPCA Wastewater Training and Certification webpage.

Individuals seeking regulatory flexibility due to COVID-19 for issues other than certification renewal must contact MPCA.COVID19REGFLEX@state.mn.us where these requests will be managed on a case-by-case basis. More information: COVID-19 and regulatory flexibility.

SSTS professional training and certification

The MPCA has been notified that the University of Minnesota’s Onsite Sewage Treatment Program (OSTP) has canceled all in-person training events for SSTS professionals through June, 2020. Additional scheduling adjustments will be based on further guidance from University of Minnesota leadership.

Cancellations, rescheduling, and event changes can be found at:  
https://septic.umn.edu/workshop-enrollment/online-enrollment-calendar

The OSTP is offering two SSTS Certification classes through an online format.          

e103 - Introduction to Onsite Systems - Online           
June 1-5:  3:00pm - 5:15pm, June 6:  10:30am - 1:00pm                    
Registration Fee: $390     Registration deadline: May 22nd          

e1123 - Installing Onsite Systems - Online          
June 22-26:  3:00pm - 5:15pm                    
Registration Fee: $295     Registration deadline: June 5th

New certifications and exams

MPCA’s SSTS certification exams are suspended and currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions. The MPCA has developed a conditional certification protocol to allow new professionals to be eligible for certification in the applicable specialty areas after successfully completing accredited online certification courses. This is a temporary protocol that will be reevaluated as more training and testing options are scheduled.

Once testing resumes, individuals certified under this protocol must pass the required examination(s) to remain certified.
Individuals with certification needs who are unable to attend required training due to COVID-19 restrictions or cancellations may follow the MPCA’s regulatory flexibility process, where these requests will be managed on a case-by-case basis. More information: COVID-19 and regulatory flexibility.

Existing certifications and renewals

  • Certifications scheduled to expire between March 13 and December 31, 2020, will not lapse as a result of course cancellations or COVID-19 related restrictions. This date may be reassessed in the future.
  • Individuals with certifications that expire during this timeframe will not be required to retest, and;
  • SSTS professionals with certifications that expire during this timeframe will still be responsible for obtaining their required continuing education hours within one year of when training becomes available again.