Compost Training Programs

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Compost Operation Training Courses



We are VERY pleased to announce the return on in-person training! All trainings will still adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions and federal, state and local guidelines.

Before registering please read the CREF Covid-19 Policy and Liability Release


November 8-12, 2021
Fort Collins, CO

March 21-25, 2022
Santa Rosa, CA


More 2022 dates to be announced soon!

About the CREF's Compost Operations Training Course:

This 40-hr, 5-day course focuses on giving you the knowledge you need to run a successful composting facility, whether you’re just getting started or have been composting for a while. In addition to in-depth lectures, the course provides hands-on practice through indoor and outdoor activities as well as tours to local facilities, where the theories meet reality. From compost operators to environmental and agricultural consultants to local and state regulators; the Compost Operations Training Course is for anyone who wants quality instruction from leading composting professionals and educators on the art and science of commercial scale compost production and marketing.

Day 1: Composting process, feedstocks and recipe development, compost systems
Day 2: Equipment, safety, site design, environmental protection (odors and stormwater)
Day 3: Regulations, composting facility tours
Day 4: Compost testing, product quality, compost uses and marketing
Day 5: Facility management, trouble-shooting and analyzing compost piles
USCC Member $995
Non-USCC Member (Individual or Small Business: Consultant, Start-Up, Company) $1,195
Non-USCC Member (Large Business) $1,295

Registration By Early Bird Date: $100 Off regular USCC members and Non-member pricing! Student discount available. Details regarding refund/transfer of registrations can be found in our Cancellation Policy.

For more information on the training, contact Wayne Howard, CREF Project Manager

Our Compost Operations Training Course meets the training requirements to become a Certified Compost Operations Manager. For more info, go to

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Registration Costs

  • USCC Member $995
  • Non-USCC Member (Individual or Small Business: Consultant, Start-Up, Company) $1,195
  • Non-USCC Member (Large Business) $1,295
  • Registration By Early Bird Date: $100 Off regular USCC members and Non-member pricing!
  • Student discount available.

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National COTC sponsor or support an individual training near you

Can’t find the answer to your question?
Contact Wayne Howard, CREF Project Manager (301.897.2715 ext. 6749) for more information.

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