Oregon State Program


Recycling 101 is an online, eight-part, self-paced course created in partnership with the Association of Oregon Recyclers. Modeled after Oregon’s Master Composter class. $65 fee to apply.

Santa Monica College Recycling and Resource Management Program


The Recycling and Resource Management (RRM) Program at Santa Monica College is designed to provide formal training for individuals. Offers a twelve unit Certificate in Recycling and Zero Waste.

Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)


SWANA offers solid waste training and education throughout North America for facility policy-makers, managers, owners and operators, and industry consultants. SWANA Certification is recognized by numerous states.

Certification Disciplines include:

US Composting Council’s Compost Operations Training Course


  • 40-hr, 5-day course includes lectures, hands-on activities and field trips
  • focuses on the knowledge and skills to run a successful composting facility
  • taught by leading composting professionals and educators

Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) Certification


The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) developed the Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) certification system to train professionals to help businesses get to Zero Waste, and to help get their facilities certified as Zero Waste according to the USZWBC Scorecard Certification System.

Certificate holders will gain a practical understanding of the most current Zero Waste business principles and practices, USZWBC policies and processes, and demonstrate a clear commitment to professional growth in advancing Zero Waste.

USZWBC Zero Waste Business Associates earn their credential by submitting an application, attending the 6-hour ZWBA Scorecard Training 101 Course (formerly known as the “Become a Certified Zero Waste Business” Course), paying applicable fees, and passing a computer-based exam comprised of randomly delivered multiple-choice questions. Once certified, the role of a ZWBA is to implement Zero Waste programs, prepare businesses for the USZWBC Zero Waste Business Certification, and assist businesses through the certification process. Certified ZWBAs do not conduct certification audits, trainings, or any other business on behalf of USZWBC.

Below is detailed information on earning a Zero Waste Business Associate Certificate including:


Zero Waste Business Accredited Professional (ZWB-AP) Certification

A more advanced level of certification will be available through USZWBC. The goal of this certification is to provide individuals with a more in-depth, expert-level understanding of Zero Waste in business. More information will be posted to the USZWBC website when available.