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Environment Department
Solid Waste Bureau


Operator Certification Courses

Course Title Location Dates

Landfill Operator Certification Course



Nancy Rodriguez Center
1 Prairie Dog Loop
Santa Fe

March 12 – 15, 2019

Dona Ana County Government Building
845 N. Motel Blvd.
Las Cruces

September 10 – 13, 2019

Transfer Station Operator Certification Course


Andres Z. Silva Conference Center
119 East Pine Street

June 4 – 6, 2019

McGee Park
41 Road 5568

November 5 – 7, 2019

Recycling Facility Operator Certification Course


Raton Convention Center
91 S. Third St.

May 7 – 9, 2019

Ralph Edwards Auditorium
400 W. 4th Ave.
Truth or Consequences

December 10 – 12, 2019

Compost Facility Operator Certification Course


Nancy Rodriguez Center
1 Prairie Dog Loop
Santa Fe

April 9 – 11, 2019

Albuquerque Fire Academy
1150 Sunset Gardens SW

October 8 – 10, 2019

Each of the operator certification courses is worth 24 CEUs towards renewal of any solid waste operator certification.

Students should bring:

  • Pen or pencil
  • Highlighter, sticky notes (recommended)
  • PPE for facility tour (vest and safety boots required)
  • Basic calculator (required for landfill and transfer station exams; cell phones will not be allowed)
  • Ruler or engineering scale (required for landfill exam only)

Students with disabilities, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, may contact Joan M. Snider, Solid Waste Bureau, to request any necessary accommodations at the course location when registering for the course.

For More Information

Contact: Joan M. Snider

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Additional Training Opportunities

CEUs for renewal of operator certification are often offered by:

Requests for Alternate CEUs can be submitted through the Alternate CEU Approval Form

Operator Certification Requirements


To become a certified operator an individual shall:

  • Complete the appropriate certification training course.
  • Pass an examination approved by the department.
  • Have at least one year of experience in the operation of a facility of the same type as that for which certification is sought.
  • File an application with the department on a form provided by the department.
  • Meet the requirements of the Parental Responsibility Act, NMSA 1978, Sections 40-5A-1 to 40-5A-13 (1998 Cum. Supp.).

Operator certification is valid for 3 years from the date of issuance.


Renewal of a certification shall be obtained by submitting an application at least 30 days prior to the expiration date and successfully completing one of the following:

  • An operator certification training course offered by the department or its designated agent; or
  • An alternate training course which has been approved by the department; or
  • 24 hours (CEUs) of course work which has been approved by the department.

For More Information

Contact: William (Bill) Schueler

Check Operator Certification Status

Operators may view their certification status at the Solid Waste Bureau’s SEP database.

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Quick Contacts:

Solid Waste Bureau
1190 St. Francis Drive, P.O. Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Main Office Phone: 505-827-0197

Harold L. Runnels Building // 1190 St. Francis Drive, Suite N4050 // Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 // tel (800) 219-6157, (505) 827-2855

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