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National Certification of Sustainable Resource Management Training Programs

Following several years of discussion and input from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, a national certification program has been established for professional training programs for Certified Sustainable Resource Management Professionals to Reduce, Reuse Recycle to Zero Waste.

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This certification program complements existing training programs, offers pathways for experienced professionals, and enables higher education to contribute to the expansion of the sustainable resource management industry.

As environmentally-sound waste and resource management becomes a higher priority for local governments, businesses, and institutions, a well-trained pool of Sustainable Resource Management professionals becomes even more important. Certification provides emerging as well as accomplished professionals with the means to distinguish themselves from others in the field. By improving the overall knowledge and understanding of workers in the industry, certification programs help increase the credibility and level of competence in the field.

Development of this national certification program has been led by a National Standards Certification Board (NSCB), appointed in January, 2012 by the Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA). The NSCB will accredit certification programs run by states, regions, organizations, trade associations, universities, and community colleges.

Knowledge achieved through the certification program include:

  • a command of the technical language and the tools employed to eliminate waste, reuse products and packaging, and use resources efficiently; ability to incorporate applicable laws, regulations and policies
  • economically sound business practices
  • health and safety regulations and best practices into everyday resource management work
  • developing effective outreach campaign strategies and techniques to support and measure local economic development and job creation

Organizations operating certification programs must demonstrate minimum requirements in their training programs, including a minimum of 30 hours of course work; certification by an accredited postsecondary institution; a comprehensive course on Sustainable Resource Management; progressive proficiency exams as well as a comprehensive written exam to demonstrate proficiency; and an alternative pathway process to allow experienced professionals to be credited with knowledge they have gained outside the formal training process.

For more information visit: NSCB-CSRMP

Or contact:
Jack DeBell, NSCB Project Manager, University of Colorado (, 303-492-8733)
Gary Liss, NSCB Boardmember (, 916-652-7850)

Edited by Carolyn Allen
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