The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education, 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 Georgia Center’s UGA Hotel and Conference Center 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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 to Friday, January 29, 2016
UGA Hotel and Conference Center
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States

Registration Fee (includes Friday exam) $650
Friday Exam Retake Only (no class) $50

Important: Please print the appropriate form (for either certification or recertification) from this webpage, and bring the completed form with you to class on the first day.

Event Cancellation Policies: (1) A cancellation received by 6:00 p.m. ET on or before January 19, 2016 will be refunded, minus a $35 processing fee. No refunds will be issued thereafter; substitutions will be allowed. (2) To change or cancel your registration, call (800) 884-1381, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. (3) If an event is cancelled for any reason, the UGA Hotel and Conference Center will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.

Hotel Costs: 

You will be given the opportunity to make a hotel reservation as you proceed through the online registration process.

Contact information: 

Program Contact:
Barbara Marable

Registration Contact: The Georgia Center
(706) 542-2134
(800) 884-1381

Special Needs: If you require special services, contact Jean Mann at by January 19, 2016.

Dietary restrictions should be indicated on the registration form or during the registration process.