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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 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.

Solid Waste Facility Operator Training 2015 Workshop Schedule

Workshop Description Day of the Week Date AM Session PM Session Location Registration Deadline Presentation(s)
Understanding Asbestos: From Product to Waste Thursday Jan-22-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord Jan-15-2015 Understanding Asbestos: From Product to Waste Presentation Microsoft PowerPoint Symbol
Groundwater Basics, Landfill Monitoring and Case Histories Tuesday Feb-24-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord Feb-17-2015 Groundwater Basics, Landfill Monitoring & Case Histories Presentation Microsoft PowerPoint Symbol
Annual Facility Report Mini Workshop ^ Thursday Mar-12-2015 Varies Varies NHDES Concord Mar-5-2015 None
Best Management Practices for Transfer Station Operators Tuesday Mar-31-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord Mar-24-2015 Best Management Practices for Transfer Station Operators Presentation Microsoft PowerPoint Symbol
What We Want You to Know/Remember + Thursday Apr-16-2015 None 6:00-9:00 Berlin City Hall Auditorium, 168 Main Street, Berlin NH Apr-9-2015 What We Want You to Know/Remember Presentation Microsoft PowerPoint Symbol
Universal Waste* Thursday Apr-23-2015 9:00-12:00 None Grantham Town Hall, 300 Route 10 South, Grantham, NH Apr-16-2015 Universal Waste Presentation Microsoft PowerPoint Symbol
Household Hazardous Waste & Batteries Thursday May-14-2015 9:00-12:00 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord May-7-2015 Household Hazardous Waste & Batteries Microsoft PowerPoint Symbol
Used Oil + Thursday Jun-25-2015 9:00-12:00 None NHDES Concord Jun-18-2015 Used Oil Presentation Microsoft PowerPoint Symbol
Pay-As-You-Throw: Benefits & Challenges + Thursday Jun-25-2015 None 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord Jun-18-2015 PAYT Presentation Microsoft PowerPoint Symbol
Afternoon at the Movies ~ Tuesday Aug-11-2015 None 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord none  
Afternoon at the Movies ~ Thursday Sep-10-2015 None 1:00-4:00 NHDES Concord none  


1. All workshops are subject to change.
2. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop session begins.
3. ^ This workshop is being offered three times: from 8:30-9:30am, 11:30am-12:30pm and from 2:00-3:00pm. Solid Waste Operators are able to attend one or all three sessions. When registering, please state which time(s) youíd like to attend.
4. + This workshop is only offered once.
5. * This workshop is only offered once. To register for this workshop, please go to or contact Vickie Davis at 603-448-1680 or
6. ~ This workshop is only offered once. However, if there is a high demand, a morning session will be added.
7. To register for a workshop, please contact Nelson Ordway at 603-271-2925 or

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.

Local Government Center (LGC)
The LGC offers the following free online courses to its members through "The Academy" and they 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 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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