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 will soon be announcing scheduled Solid Waste Landfill Operator Training events; the first classes begin in September.

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

The updated 2020 Solid Waste Landfill Operator Training Calendar will follow Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19. Events will have limited capacity, strict distancing, and other measures designed to mitigate risks of spreading COVID-19.

Events may be canceled or rescheduled as conditions and logistics allow. We will keep you updated through announcements posted on the MPCA Landfill Operator Training webpage.

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 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 classroom training events through August 2020.

  • New cancelation:  August 11-13: Wastewater Treatment Technology in New Ulm

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

Events scheduled for September are proposed to take place with limited capacity, strict distancing, and other measures designed to mitigate risks of spreading COVID-19. Additional online training and in-person exam sessions are being scheduled for this Fall. Future events may be canceled in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota. We will keep you updated through announcements posted on the MPCA Wastewater Training and Certification webpage.

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. 

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 July 2020. Additional scheduling adjustments will be based on further guidance from University of Minnesota leadership.

OSTP will be delivering an adjusted schedule of limited classroom offerings and online learning. Upcoming training includes in-person certification workshops and exams for most specialty areas.

The adjusted schedule of program offerings, including cancellations, rescheduling, and event changes can be found online: https://septic.umn.edu/workshop-enrollment/online-enrollment-calendar

New certifications and exams

MPCA’s SSTS certification exams will be available at upcoming OSTP events. Every effort is being made to ensure opportunities to obtain required certifications. The MPCA has also 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.