Landfill and Composting Facility Operator Certification
All landfills and composting facilities regulated by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) are required to have certified operators. This includes any Class II and Class III landfill that only accepts industrial waste.
Composting facilities that are regulated through the Natural Resources Conservation Board do not need to have certified operators under this program.
The Alberta Landfill and Composting Facility Operator Certification Program involves industry associations as certifying partners. The certifying partners:
- Administer exams
- Manage certificates
- Provide training programs
The Northern Lights Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA-NLC) and the Compost Council of Canada (CCC) are the certifying partners representing the landfill and composting industries respectively. Both organizations have training programs in place, and have membership subscriptions throughout Alberta and Canada.
Please consult the Alberta Landfill and Composting Facility Operator Certification Guideline for more information.
All key operating personnel employed at a landfill or composting facility shall have basic certification after eighteen (18) months of employment at the facility.
A Basic Certificate is issued when an operator meets the appropriate experience requirements of the Certification Program and achieves a mark of 70 per cent or better on the provincial certification exam.
An applicant for a Basic Certificate must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have at least one year of full time operational experience at a landfill or composting facility; the full-time experience requirement must be completed no later than three years from the date of application
Landfill Operator Certification Study Guide
The Landfill Operator Certification Study Guide is an educational resource developed by AEP to help landfill operators prepare for and challenge the Government of Alberta landfill operator certification exam. The study guide also serves as a best management reference for landfill operators on how to efficiently run landfills while protecting public health and the environment.
The Landfill Operator Certification Study Guide contains relevant topics and associated learning outcomes related to the certification exam. A landfill operator needs to be knowledgeable in six core competency areas to pass the certification exam. The six core competency areas have been grouped into six chapters in the study guide:
- Landfills and Integrated Solid Waste Management
- Communication and Occupational Health and Safety
- Regulation for Environmental Protection
- Operation and Management
- Landfill Siting, Design and Construction
- Monitoring, Control and Reporting
Download a free copy of the study guide:
Continuing Education Units
Landfill and Composting Basic Certificates are valid for three years, at which time, re-certification requirements must be met prior to renewing the certificate. See the Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Policy for more information, including lists of approved CEUs for landfill and composting facility operators.
If an operator or course provider is interested in adding courses to the approved list, please submit a completed application form for evaluating continuing education.
For more information on the Alberta Landfill and Composting Facility Operator Certification Program, contact:
For questions about landfill operator certification, including application forms, exam schedule and training courses, contact:
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Updated: Nov 2, 2017