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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Continuing Professional Development for Certified Solid Waste Facility Operators

Certified solid waste facility operators must attend or participate in 2.5 hours of relevant continuing professional development each year to keep their certification current. This typically means attending at least one training event such as a workshop or conference. Operators must submit written confirmation of attendance with their renewal application for trainings not provided by NHDES. Credit will generally be given for continuing professional development that offers information about and increases awareness of environmental, waste management operations, and health or safety issues.

NHDES offers workshops to meet the 2.5 hour per year requirement of continuing professional development, but also accepts relevant training from other organizations. Please see the list below for some current training opportunities. NHDES updates the web page when new workshops are scheduled, so check back often to find new postings.

Solid Waste Facility Operator Training 2019 Workshop Schedule

Workshop Topics # of seats Date AM Session PM Session Location
Universal Waste, Part II 60 Fri, Jan-11 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
Basic Training 80 Tue, Jan-29 8:00-4:00   NHDES Concord
Implementing a Pay As You Throw Program 40 Wed, Feb-27 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
Extreme Weather Events 48 Thu, Mar-14 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
Safety at SW Facilities 100 Thu, Mar-14   1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord
Basic Training Refresher 40 Tue, Apr-16 TBD   Keene
Asbestos & Fugitive Dust 36 Thu, Apr-18   5:30-8:30 Shelburne
Rethinking Recycling 120 Thu, May-2 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
Basic Training 80 Fri, May-3 8:00-4:00   NHDES Concord
Facility Managers, Part III 42 Thu, May-23 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
Landfills 42 Thu, May-23   1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord
Things that Go Bang! 120 Wed, Jun-5 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
Basic Training Refresher 40 Wed, Aug-14 9:00-2:30   Portsmouth
Basic Training Refresher 40 Tue, Sep-24 9:00-2:30   Lincoln
Basic Training Refresher 45 Fri, Oct-4 9:00-2:30   NHDES Concord
Mock Inspection 30 Wed, Oct-16 9:30-?   Moultonborough
Extreme Weather Events: the Aftermath 60 Tue, Nov-5 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
Landfills in the Hierarchy 36 TBD 9:00-Noon   TBD

1. All workshops are subject to change.
2. The SWOT Coordinator may add additional workshops so please check this calendar often.
3. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the workshop session begins.
4. To register for a workshop, please email or call Tara Mae Albert at 271-3713


Solid Waste Facility Operator Training 2018 Workshop Schedule

Workshop Topics # of seats Date AM Session PM Session Location
Facility Managers, Part III 40 Wed, Jan-24 9:00-Noon 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord
Used Oil, Part III 40 Thu, Feb-22 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
Landfills 40 Thu, Feb-22   1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord
Basic Training 40 Tue, Mar-6     NHDES Concord
UW, Part II 60 Wed, Mar-28 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
UO, Part II 40 Wed, Mar-28   1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord
Ticked Off & More 40 Fri, Apr-13 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
Things that Go Bang! 40 Fri, Apr-13   1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord
Landfills in the Hierarchy 40 Thu, Apr-19   5:30-8:30 Shelburne
Basic Training 50 Thu, Apr-19     Shelburne
Extreme Weather Events 40 Thu, May-3 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
P2&HHW 40 Thu, May-3   1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord
PAYT, Recycling Strategies and Toxics in Packaging 80 Tue, May-15 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
Composting Basics: Don't Oversimplify It 60 Tue, May-29 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
Implementing Compost Activities at your SW Facility 30 Tue, May-29   1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord
Composting Basics: Don't Oversimplify It 60 Wed, May-30 9:00-Noon   NH DMV Concord
You are Ready to Compost, Now What? 30 Wed, May-30   1:00-4:00 NH DMV Concord
To Burn or Not to Burn 50 Tue, Jun-5 9:00-Noon Afternoon Cancelled NHDES Concord
Asbestos, Part II 40 each Wed, Jul-25 9:00-Noon 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord
Basic Training 80 Tue, Aug-21     NHDES Concord
Get the Dirt on Biosolids & Yellow Grease 40 Thu, Sep-6 9:00-Noon Afternoon Cancelled NHDES Concord
Basic Training - Refresher 40 Fri, Oct-12 9:00-2:00   NHDES Concord
Mock Inspection 30 Thu, Oct-4 10:00-?   Peterborough TS
Basic Training 40 Wed, Nov-7     Portsmouth
Managing Waste Pharmaceuticals and Sharps 40 Tue, Nov-27 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
Facility Managers, Part I 40 Thu, Dec-6 9:00-Noon   NHDES Concord
Writing Operating Plans 30 Thu, Dec-6 8:00-Noon 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord


Third-Party Vendors with Continuing Professional Development Opportunities for N.H. Solid Waste Operators

Environmental Business Council of New England, Inc.
The EBC, a nonprofit organization, was established in 1990 by environmental and energy company executives who began meeting on a regular basis to exchange ideas and share experiences. The EBC was the first organization in the United States established to support and foster the development of the environmental industry. Their goal is to enhance business and job growth of both established and emerging environmental and energy businesses.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA provides webinars through its Sustainable Materials Management Web Academy on key issues, successful projects, and a variety of best management practices for creating outstanding waste management programs.  Listen to experts from around the country as they discuss what works and what doesn’t and how to make your program more successful.  The format for the webinars will be a formal presentation followed by a question and answer session and discussion.  Check their program calendar frequently for new webinar listings.

Lakes Region Planning Commission
The Lakes Region Planning Commission is a unique association of local governments that provides comprehensive planning services to meet the diverse needs of New Hampshire's Lakes Region. Their mission is to provide effective planning, in order to achieve and sustain a quality environment, a dynamic economy, and local cultural values by supporting community efforts through leadership, education, technical assistance, information, advocacy, coordination and responsive representation.

Northeast Recycling Council
The Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. (NERC) is a multi-state non-profit organization that is committed to environmental sustainability through responsible materials management. Its programs emphasize source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, environmentally preferable purchasing, and decreasing the toxicity of the solid waste stream with a focus on the 10-state region comprised of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NERCís member states make up one-sixth of the nationís population. NERC also implements three national programs.

Northeast Resource Recovery Association
The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) offers training and workshops on waste management, recycling and worker safety. They also hold monthly meetings of their Member/Operations Marketing Committee (MOM), which qualify as continuing professional development provided the operator attends two meetings. The annual NRRA conference can also be used to meet continuing professional development requirements.

Primex (NH Public Risk Management Exchange)
Primex offers on-site and online training courses for its members in health and safety, regulations and management. Please check with NHDES to determine which courses qualify for continuing professional development.

Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)
The SWANA Northern New England Chapter holds Technical Sessions three times per year, covering a variety of topics in the solid waste field. SWANA also offers a variety of online and in-person training courses. Go to their Education Page for more information.

Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission (UVLSRPC)
The UVLSRPC offers workshops on topics that are relevant to waste management and solid waste facility operations.  For more information, please contact Vickie Davis at (603) 448-1680 or

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