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The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, the Georgia Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), and the Department of Natural Resources/Environmental Protection Division (DNR/EPD) have developed a 30-hour training program leading to certification for landfill operators in the State of Georgia.
This course prepares students for certification or recertification. The four-day session covers topics such as state regulations, acts, and compliance inspections; the history of SWM; planning and waste reduction; site selection; design and permitting; landfill development; landfill operations; waste acceptance; landfill math and surveying; landfill monitoring; closure/post-closure; and much more. The course concludes with a certification exam.
The State of Georgia Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act requires that all solid waste landfills in the state be staffed at all times by trained and certified landfill operators. The legislation also calls for certification of all landfill inspectors.
The law states that an individual seeking landfill operator certification must be a high-school graduate or must have completed an accredited GED program, must have at least six months of experience as a landfill operator in the State of Georgia, or must be employed by the State of Georgia for the purpose of conducting landfill compliance inspections.
The training will be held at The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel in Athens, Georgia.
Each participant will receive an amended training manual and a calculator to use during class.
In addition, The Georgia Center will provide lunch Tuesday – Thursday, and refreshment breaks each day.
Each Georgia landfill operator or state landfill inspector who successfully completes the training program will receive a certificate identifying her/him as having satisfied her/his obligation under the state law. Every other attendee completing the course with a passing grade will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
The exam is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Participants who fail the exam may register to retake it one time (during a scheduled Georgia Landfill Operator Certification Training Workshop) for a fee of $50. Those who fail the exam a second time must retake the entire course at the regular course fee.
Participants must complete the appropriate form (linked below) and email it to Serena Broska no later than January 17, 2023.
Event Date:Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - Friday, January 27, 2023
Location:UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
Registration Fee: $775
Friday Exam Retake Only: $50
Registration Maximum Capacity:
Event Cancellation Policies:
(1) A cancellation received by 5:00 p.m. ET on or before January 18, 2023, will be refunded, minus a $35 processing fee. No refunds will be issued thereafter. (2) To change or cancel your registration, call (706) 542-7493, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. (3) If an event is cancelled for any reason, the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.
You can reserve a hotel room using room group code 95220 until January 18, 2023. After that date, please call the Georgia Center to request a hotel room with block code 95220. If a room is available, you will receive the group rate.
Please Note: You must reserve a room, if needed, and register for the certification training workshop separately. Please use the red REGISTER ONLINE button to register for the certification training workshop.
To change or cancel your hotel reservation, call (800) 884-1381 or (706) 542-2134.
The Georgia Center
If you require special services, email Vanessa Farley by January 18, 2023.
Dietary restrictions should be indicated during the registration process.
Downloadable ContentCertification Form