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Certification of Operators of Solid Waste Incinerators and Landfill Facilities

What is the Purpose of this Certification?
The owner or operator in charge must be certified in the operation and maintenance of solid waste incinerators (excluding hog fuel burners and crematoria facilities), municipal waste landfills, problem waste landfills, special incinerator ash landfills or monofills, inert waste and demolition waste landfills, and all limited purpose solid waste landfills such as wood waste landfills.

Incinerator operator certification is a home study program and a written exam. Landfill operator certification includes training courses and a written examination.
Who Issues this Certification?
Variable: See notes/comments for more information.
What Activities Require this Certification?
Working as the operator in charge of a solid waste incinerator or landfill facility.
How Much Will this Certification Cost?
All landfill operator certifications are provided by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Check SWANA website for current cost for certification.

Incinerator operator certifications are provided by Ecology. Rates are as follows:
  • Application fee $50.00
  • Textbook cost $160.00*
  • Certification and Recertification fee $200.00

*Textbook fee is waived if applicant already has one.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
Landfill Operator: Contact SWANA.

Incinerator Operators:
  • For the Incinerator Operator/Inspector Application, include $210 or if applicant already has a manual include $50 (one-time fee per applicant).
  • For the Incinerator Certificate Application include $200 (one-time fee per applicant).
  • For Incinerator Recertification Application include $200 (every three years).
Is the Decision on my Certification Dependent on Anything Besides the Information in my Application?
Landfill Operator: Pass the exam, high school diploma or GED, 5 years MSW management experience, and 2 years operating experience. Contact SWANA for specifics.

Incinerator Operator: Pass exam and pay $200 certification fee. No additional testing required for recertification, however a recertification application and $200 recertification fee is required (every three years).
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?
Landfill Operators: Contact SWANA.

Incinerator Operators: Ecology reviews applications upon receiving them and schedules exams as needed.
Where do I Submit my Application?
Landfill Operators: Contact SWANA.

    SWANA
    Attn: Training & Certification Coordinator
    P.O. Box 7219
    Silver Spring, MD 20907-7219
    Phone: 1 (800) GO SWANA
    Fax: (301) 585-0297
    E-mail: certification@swana.org
    Website: http://www.swananw.org/

Incinerator Operators: Contact Ecology.

    Michelle Andrews
    Department of Ecology
    Solid Waste Management
    PO Box 47600
    Olympia, WA 98504-7600
    Phone: (360) 407-6113
    E-mail: michelle.andrews@ecy.wa.gov
    Website: https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Permits-certifications/Certification-for-incinerator-landfill-operator
How Long is my Certification Valid?
Certification must be renewed every 3 years.
What is the Appeal Process for the Certification?
Landfill Operators: Contact SWANA.

Incinerator Operators: Can re-take test at no additional charge.
Notes / Comments:
The Department of Ecology issues the Incinerator Operator Certification and SWANA issues the Landfill Operator Certification.

For Landfill Operators, SWANA provides required courses by private instructors through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ecology. SWANA issues the certificate.

To obtain copies of the applications contact the following:

Landfill Operators SWANA Certification Application: Contact SWANA.

    SWANA
    Attn: Training & Certification Coordinator
    P.O. Box 7219
    Silver Spring, MD 20907-7219
    Phone: 1 (800) GO SWANA
    Fax: (301) 585-0297
    E-mail: certification@swana.org
    Website: https://swana.org/training-certification

Incinerator Operators: Contact Ecology.

Incinerator Operator/Inspector Application Form
Incinerator Certificate/Recertification Application Form

    Michelle Andrews
    Department of Ecology
    Solid Waste Management
    PO Box 47600
    Olympia, WA 98504-7600
    Phone: (360) 407-6113
    E-mail: michelle.andrews@ecy.wa.gov
    Website: https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Permits-certifications/Certification-for-incinerator-landfill-operator
Where can I get permitting assistance?
Subject matter expert phone: See notes/comments for contacts
Statewide Contact:
Department of Ecology
Solid Waste Management
Headquarters
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
Telephone: (360) 407-6900
Website: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Our-Programs/Solid-Waste-Management
* Permit information last updated 6/15/2020
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