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 a continental breakfast 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, July 21, 2015 to Friday, July 24, 2015
UGA Hotel and Conference Center
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States

Registration Fee (includes Friday exam) $600

Retake Friday Exam Only (no class) $50

Event Cancellation Policies: (1) A cancellation received by 6:00 p.m. ET on or before July 14, 2015 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.

No Smoking Policy: The University of Georgia is a tobacco-free campus. In accordance with the policy, no smoking is allowed at the Georgia Center.

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
(706) 542-6612

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

Special Needs: If you require special services, contact Jean Mann at by July 14, 2015.

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