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NJ Compost Operator Certification Course

Course Code: ER0303CB17

Compost Operator Certification Course

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Date & Time

May 16, 2017
8:30am - 3:30pm (Check-in time: 8:00am)


N.J.A.C. 7:26A - 1.4(a)(14)(xiv) states that all operators of composting facilities in New Jersey must "attend a composting course.....approved by the Department." The NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education, in conjunction with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and in cooperation with the Association of New Jersey Recyclers, has developed a course which meets the requirements of the regulations and will help you to improve your facility’s operation.

Specific topics to be covered include:

  • NJDEP regulatory requirements
  • The scientific principles of composting, or "Why Compost Happens"
  • How to avoid the "Murphy's Law" of composting and what to do when the law strikes (health and odor issues).

A Certificate of Completion will be provided to each fully paid participant who successfully completes the course.  If you are a New Jersey Certified Recycling Professional, this class will give you six (6) recertification credits.

NOTE: Course includes a walking tour of a compost site; appropriate clothing and footwear is required.

Course Instructor
Wayne DeFeo is an independent consultant providing assistance to business, government and educational institutions. He has over 21 years of experience in the area of government relations and has worked in the private sector, guiding solid waste hauler deregulation and negotiating solid waste and recycling contracts.

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Continuing Education Credits

In addition to 0.6 Rutgers CEUs, this recycling training course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Certified Recycling Professionals (CRPs): 6 Recertification credits

NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): 5.5 Technical credits

NJ Licensed Professional Engineers: 6 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits

ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). CEs for NJ Compost Operator Certification Course are still pending.

Registration Fee $285.00  
Multi Person Registration Fee $250.00 Register with a colleague and save!
Cancellation Fee $75.00  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


Duke Farms
1112 Duke Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Assistant Director: Carol Broccoli, 848-932-7207
Administrative Assistant: Claudine Oleskin, 848-932-7204

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.