2022 in-person operator certification courses will be by invitation only according to facility need and the existing course registration waiting lists. You will be contacted by Solid Waste Bureau staff for an opportunity to accept or decline an invitation to the next available certification course and to complete your registration with SWANA. In-person classes will be contingent on any Public Health Orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you held a valid operator certification at the time of the class you were registered for, and you submit a completed renewal application as required in NM Solid Waste Rules, NMAC, your certification will be administratively continued, meaning it will not expire until you complete the required 24 continuing education units (CEUs) and a renewal certification is issued. The application is available HERE

To be added to the waiting list for in-person classes as they become available, please register below and scroll down for more info.


***Dates only indicate when the waiting lists became or are active. Actual dates are to be determined.***


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The big question is what does this mean for your certification?
NM Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau (SWB) is granting administrative continuance as described above and in the attached guidance.  This gives certified operators that planned to take one of the canceled courses more time to get their required 24 CEU credits to maintain their certification.

What should you do?
If you are currently a certified recycling, compost, transfer station or landfill operator and your certification is set to expire this year, then 1) register to be put on the waiting list for a class with below; 2) complete a certificate for renewal for SWB found HERE and submit to Bill Schueler (; 3) complete 24 continuing education units and submit those to Bill Schueler.  Once you complete the 24 CEUs, you will be recertified.

Questions about the status of your certification?
Contact Bill Schueler at SWB at – see for more information as well

Visit the NM-SWANA web site  to get details on registering for the Landfill and Transfer Station Certification Courses.Students with disabilities, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must contact Genevieve Morgan (, 505-489-5356) to request any special arrangements of disability accommodation at the course location when registering for the cours3.