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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 DES. 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.

DES 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. DES updates the web page when new workshops are scheduled, so check back often to find new postings.

2014 Workshop Schedule

Workshop Description Date Location Registration Deadline
Universal Waste Nov-13-2014 * NHDES Concord Nov-7-2014
Things That Go Boom!: Meth Lab & Other Dangerous Wastes Nov-20-2014 * NHDES Concord Nov-13-2014
SW Facility Managers: What You Need to Know Dec-12-2014 NHDES Portsmouth Regional Office Dec-5-2014

Notes:

1. All Workshops provide 2.5 hours of continuing professional development hours.
2. All Workshops are held at the NHDES offices in Concord unless otherwise specified.
3. All Workshops meet on Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm unless otherwise specified.
4.* These workshops are on a Thursday.
5. Please arrive 15-30 minutes before the workshop start time.
6. To register for a workshop, please contact Nelson Ordway at 271-2925 or at nelson.ordway@des.nh.gov.

Solid Waste Facility Operator Training 2015 Workshop Schedule

Workshop Description Day of the Week Date AM Session PM Session Location Registration Deadline
Understanding Asbestos: From Product to Waste Thursday Jan-22-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord Jan-15-2015
Groundwater Basics, Landfill Monitoring and Case Histories Tuesday Feb-24-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord Feb-17-2015
Best Management Practices for Transfer Station Operators Tuesday Mar-31-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord Mar-24-2015
TBD Thursday Apr-23-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 TBD Apr-16-2015
TBD Thursday May-14-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 TBD May-7-2015
TBD Thursday Jun-25-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 TBD Jun-18-2015
TBD Wednesday July-29-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 TBD Jul-22-2015
TBD Thursday Aug-27-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 TBD Aug-20-2015
TBD Tuesday Sep-22-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 TBD Sep-15-2015
TBD Tuesday Oct-27-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 TBD Oct-20-2015
Scrap Metal and Stormwater Management Thursday Nov-5-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord Oct-29-2015
TBD Wednesday Dec-30-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 TBD Dec-23-2015

Notes:

1. All workshops are subject to change.
2. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop session begins.
3. To register for a workshop, please contact Nelson Ordway at 271-2925 or nelson.ordway@des.nh.gov

Basic Solid Waste Facility Operator Training

Basic training is designed for first-time operators and priority is given to first-time operators, but certified operators can use the training toward continuing professional development provided they are present for the entire training. Certified operators are not required to take the exam. The next Basic Training will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the DES offices, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. Directions to the Concord office are located on the directions web page. Please arrive and sign in by 8:15 am. Training will begin promptly at 8:30 am and end at approximately 2:30 pm. Lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided to all attendees. To register for this training, call 603-271-2925 or email nelson.ordway@des.nh.gov no later than Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Local Government Center
The following free online courses are available through the LGC and can be used to meet continuing professional development requirements:

The LGC also provides on-site training on topics such as back care, respiratory protection, hazard communication and personal protective equipment. These, and other courses provided in-person by LGC, can also be used to meet continuing professional development requirements.

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 DES 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 Training Page for more information.

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