Training and Certification Courses

Presented by THE SWANA GOLD RUSH Chapter

Registration is now open for:

Manager of landfill operations (MOLO)

zero waste principles & practices certification training

Managing composting programs course

managing msw collections systems course

Additional details including dates and training location are below.

Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) Training and Certification Course


The course will be held in San Diego, CA

Registration is limited. Hotel reservations must be received by April 1, 2019.

Zero Waste Principles & Practices Certification Training

September 11 through september 14, 2018

The course will be held in Oakland, CA

Registration is limited.

Managing Composting Programs Course

September 18 through september 20, 2018

The course will be held and rooms are available at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Seaside, CA

Registration is limited and will end August 24, 2018

Managing MSW Collections Systems


The course will be held and rooms are available at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Seaside, CA

Registration is limited and will end August 24, 2018

Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) Training and Certification Course

May 2019

The 2019 MOLO Training and Certification Course will take place in San Diego, CA

Please click here for more information.

This course is designed to train managers, operators, and inspectors of landfill operations to increase the competency and efficiency of solid waste landfill operations. The course is designed to provide attendees the knowledge of current landfill design and operating practices; overview of state and federal regulations; an opportunity to network with peers; and the potential for professional development.

SWANA's MOLO course has been taught in over 100 locations to more than 7,000 solid waste management professionals. Currently there are nearly 2,000 Certified Landfill Managers and Inspectors as part of SWANA's voluntary certification program. Sign up for MOLO today and join your peers at the most recognized landfill training certification program in North America.


Course Content:

This 3-day course (and optional Certification exam) consists of presentation by MOLO certified instructors and state regulators; classroom exercises; and case studies.

Optional Day 4 offers the written examination to achieve Certification.

Course Topics:

  • Course Introduction and Overview

  • Landfill Basics

  • Landfill Siting

  • Landfill Design

  • Permitting

  • Construction

  • Landfill Operations

  • Operational Challenges

  • Environmental Monitoring

  • Compliance Inspections and Public Relations

  • Closure

  • Economics

  • Emerging Technologies

  • General Safety

  • Course Summary and Review



If you would like to apply for certification as a Certified Landfill Manager, Landfill Inspector, or Landfill Technical Associate, you must complete a Certification Application at the time of the certification exam and return it to SWANA for consideration. Applications will be distributed at the exam location.

To be eligible for SWANA certification you must:

  1. Attend SWANA's MOLO course

  2. Successfully complete SWANA's certification examination

  3. Complete and submit certification application that demonstrates you meet SWANA eligibility requirements.

Re-Certification can be accomplished by completion of 30 contact hours of training determined by SWANA to enhance the capabilities of the candidate.

Re-certification can also be accomplished by re-taking the MOLO training course and paying the recertification fee. The Certification testing program is presented after each training program and is voluntary.

For questions relating to the certification process please contact the SWANA Certification Coordinator, at 1-800-GO-SWANA (467-9262) or

For more information contact James Moore at





The Zero Waste Principles and Practices Certification Course

APRIL 10 through APRIL 13, 2018

The course will be held and rooms are available at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Seaside, CA

Registration is limited and will end March 23, 2018

To return your registration form or for questions, contact James Moore at

The Zero Waste Principles and Practices certification course is a joint undertaking of SWANA and the California Resource Recovery Association. CRRA is dedicated to achieving environmental sustainability in and beyond California through Zero Waste strategies. SWANA, with its work in 45 chapters across the United States and Canada, is committed to educating professionals working in the industry and to moving the industry as a whole from a focus on solid waste management to resource management.

The Zero Waste Principles and Practices course encompasses a broad overview of Zero Waste principles and practices in 10 modules covering public policy, programs, technology and measurement: 

  • Introduction to Zero Waste, including a survey of different definitions and perspectives

  • What's In Your Waste Stream?

  • Upstream, Midstream and Downstream: understanding Zero Waste strategies as they affect each stage of product lifestyles

  • Collection Options

  • Processing Technology Options

  • Managing Organics

  • Public Venues and Challenging Materials

  • Changing Behavior through Educations and Outreach

  • Financing and Funding

  • Contracting and Partnerships

Entry and mid-level managers of programs and systems serving local governments and other industry professionals that work in an advisory or consulting capacity with municipal programs and staff should strongly consider attending!