Smart Salting training

NEW Property Manager certification

The goal of this training is to help property managers save money and protect water resources by using less salt to de-ice parking lots, sidewalks and other surfaces. The salt used in winter maintenance is having serious side effects on infrastructure, vegetation and lakes, streams and groundwater. Participants will learn strategies for achieving safe surfaces in the winter with less salt.

This is a 3 year certification, to become Smart Salting certified:

  • Attend training
  • Pass test
  • Pledge to hire certified contractors
  • Pledge to certify your staff
  • Pledge to reduce salt use on your properties

Level 1 (individual) training

If you apply road salt, you can learn how to significantly reduce your use and save money while maintaining road safety. The two types of Level 1 trainings:

  1. Roads class – High/low speed snowplow operation
  2. Parking lot/sidewalk class – Maintaining private/public walkways and/or parking lots and service roads

The classes will help you save money, keep pavements safe, protect Minnesota's lakes and streams, and earn you Smart Salting certification.

This is a 5 year certification, to renew certification you must attend another class and pass the test.

Who should participate?

  • State, city, and county road maintenance staff
  • Winter maintenance contractors
  • Staff maintaining private/public walkways and/or parking lots
  • Property managers
  • Other snowplow drivers

Level 2 (organizational) certification

Level 2 is a certification for public and private organizations to help you assess your salt use and take steps to minimize it.

To become Level 2 Smart Salting certified:

  • Using the Smart Salting Assessment tool, complete the best management practices and salt savings assessments for the most recent fully completed winter maintenance season. For example, a report completed on January 1, 2018, would be based on the 2016/2017 winter maintenance season. An organization may submit one assessment for the whole organization or more than one, as long as each has a unique address. For instance, MnDOT may submit an assessment for each of its facilities, or a company may submit a separate assessment for each of its branch offices.
  • On the assessment tool's user home page:
    1. Click on "Select Reports" at the bottom right.
    2. Select the appropriate completed reports for your organization. (Reports should include all of the surface type(s) in which you are involved, not a separate report for each surface type.):
      • BMP Reports: Response Summary (current)
      • BMP Reports: Comparison of Responses Between Assessment Periods (current and future)
      • Salt Savings Reports: Summary Report (current and future)
    3. Click "Submit."
    4. After the reports have been submitted, if they are complete the tool will generate a certificate for your organization. Return to the user home page and select "Print Certificate."

Level 2 certification is valid for 2 years. The "Certification status" section of the user home page will note when your Level 2 certification expires. The required reports must be submitted every 2 years to maintain Level 2 certification.

See the Salt applicators page for training manuals, calibration charts, training videos, and other resources.

Certified individuals and organizations

The MPCA is interested sharing in positive, salt-saving changes. If you have reduced your salt consumption due to a change in your practices, please contact Brooke Asleson (651-757-2205)

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