In Minnesota, operators and inspectors of waste disposal facilities must be certified. The MPCA administers the certification program and provides workshops and conferences to help you stay up-to-date on your certification.
2018 Spring Solid Waste Landfill Operator brochure (p-tr2-20)
Note: Online registration is not available at this time
Questions? Contact Diane Belanger at 651-757-2072
Credit card fax: 651-205-4594
These courses provide you with the tools to obtain your certification as required by Minn. R. ch. 7048. Training covers basic math; science, public health issues, rules & regulations, waste screening, asbestos, stormwater requirements, landfill design, facility operations and closure/post closure.
Type II certification training
This two-day course (with exam) is for professionals pursuing careers in municipal solid waste management.
Nine contact hours
The exam is required to be a certified Type II facility operator. Certification is good for three years
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent or equivalent experience
- Complete at least 15 contact hours of training within three years prior to your application
- Have at least six months of work experience as a Type II facility operator
Type III certification training
This two-day course (with exam) is for professionals pursuing careers in demolition waste/industrial waste landfill management.
Nine contact hours
The exam is required to be a certified Type III facility operator. Certification is good for three years.
Requirements before taking an examination:
- Complete at least four contact hours of training within three years prior to the date of application
Solid waste refresher training
This one-day refresher helps Type II or Type III operators toward their certification renewal hours. Half of the day is spent in the classroom followed by a facility tour in the afternoon.
Renew your certification
In order to renew your certification, you will need to complete:
- Type II - 18 contact hours over three years
- Type III - Six contact hours over three years
Use this form to renew your certification
Renewal application for solid waste operator/inspector certification (w-sw1-02)