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Operator Certification for First-time Licenses

Applicants must:

Four Levels of Operators:

  • Level 4 Manager/Operator: A Level 4 Manager/Operator is authorized to manage landfills, transfer stations and composting facilities, and recycling centers that are permitted to accept more than 30 tons of waste per day. A Level 4 Manager/Operator must have a high school diploma or GED and a minimum of five years experience in a field related to waste management, subject to the substitutions allowed below.
  • Level 3 Advanced Operator: A Level 3 Advanced Operator is authorized to work at landfills, transfer stations, recycling centers and composting facilities permitted to accept up to 30 tons of waste per day, and monofills that only receive scrap metal, demolition debris or asbestos. Level 3 Advanced Operators must have a high school diploma or GED and three years experience in a field related to waste management, subject to the substitutions allowed below.
  • Level 2 Operator: Individuals certified at this level are authorized to work to be in charge at monofills that only accept brush and/or stumps. Level 2 Operators must have completed eighth grade and have two years work experience in a field related to waste management, subject to the substitutions allowed below.
  • Level 1 Attendant: Attendants must have completed eighth grade and have one year or less experience in a related field; they may not be in charge at any type of solid waste facility.

The following substitutions may be made to the above requirements:

  • One year of college education may be substituted for one year of experience, up to a maximum of four years for Level 4, two years for Level 3, and one year for Level 2.
  • One year of experience may be substituted for one year of elementary or high school up to a maximum of one year.
  • High school education shall not be credited towards experience.
  • Education applied toward experience shall not also be applied toward the education requirement.

Basic Solid Waste Operator Training Course for First-time Licenses
The Basic Training course is required of all four levels of solid waste operators. This free course covers the basics of facility operations and management and the regulations that apply to managing solid waste. The next class and testing for new operators will be held on:

When: Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 8:30 to 4:00 (arrive by 8:15)
Where: DES offices at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord

To register for this class, submit a Solid Waste Operator Certification ApplicationMicrosoft Word Symbolwith the $50 fee no later than August 28, 2014 to:

Solid Waste Operator Certification
NH Department of Environmental Services
P.O. Box 95
Concord, NH 03302

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