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New Jersey Recycling Certification Requirements:
How to Become a CRP

Introduction:

New Jersey's Recycling Enhancement Act (REA) requires that reports or other recycling-related documents be signed/certified by a Certified Recycling Professional (CRP). Since its inception in 1993, the New Jersey Recycling Certification Program has trained over 250 individuals in topics ranging from economics to truck routing and public communication.  In response to the need for CRPs generated by the passage of the Act, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (formerly the Rutgers-Cook College) Office of Continuing Professional Education), in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR) has expanded the program into two tiers, with the type of training program a potential attendee requires determined by a combination of experience, prior training, and existing certifications.

The series requirements have been revised to include a four-day "alternate" certification program (and associated exam) to meet the needs of individuals who possess certain levels of experience, training, professional certifications, or a combination of all three. Those NOT meeting these criteria (outlined below) will be required to complete the full eight class, 21-day program.

NOTE: Individuals who become certified by completing the alternate program will be required to obtain thirty (30) credits of continuing education during their initial two-year recertification period. This will revert to the standard requirement of twenty (20) credits in subsequent recertification periods.

A recertification requirement has been developed for those who completed the series but have let their certification lapse.

If you want to become a CRP, please read the information below to determine whether you need to take the full NJ Recycling Certification Series (21 days) or if you qualify for the Alternate Series (4 days plus an exam).

Questions and inquiries about this information should be directed to Carol Broccoli at 848-932-7207 or broccoli@njaes.rutgers.edu.


1. Persons With No Formal Training:

Not in a position:
  • Must complete the full (21-day) program.
Holding a title and with less than five to seven (5-7) years experience:
  • Must complete the full (21-day) program.

2. Persons Seeking Recertification (those with lapsed or inactive CRP certification):

  • Must attend an offering of "The Recycling Coordinator’s Primer;" and
  • Must complete nine (9) additional hours of continuing education (as outlined in CRP program guidance) within one (1) calendar year of the initial request for recertification.

3. Persons Holding a Title and With Experience (these requirements would apply to those in the positions of Clerk, Health Officer, Township Manager, Purchasing Agent, Township Engineer, Recycling Coordinator, District Recycling Coordinator, and related statutory positions):

Those with five to seven (or more) years of experience/time in the position:
  • Must complete the four (4) day mini program and pass the CRP exam.
Those with less than five to seven years of experience/time in the position:
  • Must complete the full (21-day) program.

4. Certified Public Works Managers (those who have passed the CPWM exam and hold a current certification): Note: All programs will provide CPWM recertification credits.

With five to seven (or more) years of experience:
  • Must complete the four (4) day mini program and pass the CRP exam.
With less than five to seven years of experience:
  • Must complete the full (21-day) program with exemptions for overlapping CPWM courses (Management Skills and Communications Skills).

The determination of which training course is applicable to a given individual will be made through review of the "Application for Admission/New Jersey Recycling Certification Series" (available at on this webpage or by calling 848-932-7207) by members of the Recycling Advisory Committee, a group of professionals from the fields of recycling, solid waste, and government, charged with constantly reviewing and updating the series training. A copy of this form must accompany all registration forms or be sent separately for review prior to program registration. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Broccoli at 848-932-7207 or broccoli@njaes.rutgers.edu.


CRPs with Expired Certifications:

Once certified, CRPs must complete 20 hours of continuing professional education/training (over a two year period) on issues relating to solid waste and /or recycling in order to maintain their certification.  A Recertification Tracking Form must be returned to OCPE within one (1) month of the end of the recertification period to document recertification efforts during the prior two years.

If you completed the series classes and were certified, but have allowed your certification to lapse, this is your opportunity to recertify without re-taking the entire series!  If you fall into this category, please submit an "Application for Admission/New Jersey Certification Series" form to document your initial certification and get your recertification started.  Once your initial certification has been verified, you will be required to attend an offering of "The Recycling Coordinator’s Primer" and complete nine (9) additional hours of continuing education (as outlined in CRP program guidance, available from OCPE) within one (1) calendar year of the date of the initial request for recertification to maintain your certification.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Broccoli at 848-932-7207 or broccoli@njaes.rutgers.edu.

Scholarship Opportunity!

The Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR) is offering funding to a qualified applicant who is an ANJR member in good standing to complete the NJ Recycling Certification Program. Read more and apply here.