New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Solid Waste Bureau


Operator Certification Courses

All 2020 operator certification courses have been postponed indefinitely in response to the Public Health Order. Please review the Guidance Regarding Operator Certification for more details.

Course Title Location Dates
Landfill Operator Certification Course



Nancy Rodriguez Center
1 Prairie Dog Loop
Santa Fe
March 24-27, 2020


Campus Union Building
48 University Blvd.
September 15-18, 2020


Transfer Station Operator Certification Course


ENMU-Ruidoso Campus
709 Mechem Drive
June 2-4, 2020


Moriarty Civic Center
202 Broadway
November 3-5, 2020


Recycling Facility Operator Certification Course


Nancy Rodriguez Center
1 Prairie Dog Loop
Santa Fe
May 12-14, 2020


Albuquerque Fire Academy
1150 Sunset Gardens SW
December 8-10, 2020


Compost Facility Operator Certification Course


Albuquerque Fire Academy
1150 Sunset Gardens SW
April 7-9, 2020


Raton Convention Center
901 S. 3rd St.
October 6-8, 2020


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 Genevieve Morgan, Solid Waste Bureau, to request any necessary accommodations at the course location when registering for the course.

For More Information

Please check back for online CEUs to become available for solid waste facility certified operators.

Contact: Genevieve Morgan

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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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