Composting Facility Operator Certification Program
Alberta's waste management facility operator certification program
was updated by Alberta Environment on January 1, 2010 to reflect
changes to the Province's solid waste regulatory framework. The
Program has been renamed, and is now known as the "Alberta
Landfill and Composting Facility Operator Certification Program".
All waste management facilities and operators in Alberta are required
to meet the new program requirements by September 1, 2011.
Alberta requires that all non-agricultural
composting facilities be supervised by a certified operator during
their hours of operation. The person who is responsible for the
facility shall ensure that all key operational personnel have a
"basic certification" as well as any required "endorsements".
Key operating personnel are individuals that are designated as the
on-site supervisors who are responsible for operations at the facility.
This does not include employees or contractors that are exclusively
employed for equipment operation. Employees at landfills and composting
facilities that are not considered key operating personnel may be
certified at will, as long as they meet the program requirements.
As part of the program updates in
2010, Alberta Environment no longer administers certification applications
and exams or issue certificates. Instead this role has been taken
over by "certifying partners". The Compost Council of Canada is
the certifying partner for the Compost Operator Certification Program
while the Northern
Lights Chapter of SWANA is the certifying partner for
the Landfill Operator Certification Program.
The overall program is governed
by the Alberta
Landfill and Compost Facility Operator Certification Guidelines.
The Solid Waste Certification Advisory Committee (SWCAC), chaired
by Alberta Environment, also continues to oversee the program by
making recommendations on program requirements, exam bank updates,
auditing certifying partner programs, and other matters that are
integral to the certification program. A principal requirement to obtain and maintain certification is the accumulation of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Alberta Environment has recently updated its Continuing Education Unit Policy, which can be found here.
Answers to common questions can
be found here
(FAQ). Background information on landfill and composting
facility operator certification can be obtained from:
Instruction and application/renewal
forms for Alberta’s Composting Facility Operator Certification.
Program can be accessed here.
Alberta Compost Facility Operator Study Guide Available here.