Alberta Landfill Operator Certification Program

Fall/Winter 2020 - TBA


Please send in your LOC Exam Application form (link below) to apply for certification. In-person exam sittings currently have to be arranged individually (until an online option becomes available - it's in the works), we will contact you about further steps.

How do I apply to the program?

1. Download the Application Form, complete the form, ensuring ALL fields within your application have been completed.  A copy of your companies job description must be provided as well as the signature and date for both the applicant and the supervisor must be complete.

**Incomplete applications will not be approved until all the information has been completed and re-submitted.

2. Submit your application to the SWANA office via email to or fax to 1-866-698-8203

How much are fees?

First-time applicant: $200 +gst (Cdn)
Renewal (exam not required): $125 +gst (Cdn)

What if it’s my first time applying?

For first time applicants a notice will be sent to the e-mail address on your application at least 10 days prior to the examination date. The e-mail will indicate whether you have been approved by the Northern Lights Chapter’s Alberta Certification Review Committee to write the exam.

If accepted, the e-mail will provide information on the date, time, location, and other details regarding the exam. If rejected, the reason for rejection will be provided and a partial refund of the application fee will be issued.

How do I renew my certification?

For applicants wishing to renew, please fill out the renewal application form: Renewal Application

What are the requirements to become certified as a landfill operator?

An applicant for a basic certificate must:
a) be at least 18 years of age, and
b) have at least 1 year of full time operational experience at a landfill or composting facility
The full-time experience requirement must be current to be within the last 3 years from the date of application.

How long will it take to receive exam results?

Exam results will generally be mailed to you within 4-6 weeks of writing the exam

What are the requirements for certificate renewal?

The operator must show relevant full-time experience in landfill or composting facility operations for at least 1 year out of the 3 years of the renewal period. Commencing September 1, 2011, the program requires operators to obtain 0.6 continuing education units (CEUs) to renew their operator certificate.

How can I prepare for the examination?

SWANA offers a Landfill Operations Basic course. To receive more information on this course please click here

Why do I need to submit my application several weeks prior to the exam date?

Upon receiving your application it will be forwarded to our Certification Review committee, this committee will review your application to ensure you meet all the necessary requirements as well, our office requires this time to send you a letter informing you of the committee’s decision.

When will I be notified whether I am approved to write the examination?

A email will be sent to the address on your application at least 10 days prior to the examination date.

When and where will the next exam sitting take place?

All dates and information on registering will be posted on our website as they become available.

How do I pay?

Enter your billing instructions on the application form. We will send you an invoice which includes a secure online payment link where you can enter your credit card payment, or choose to pay via cheque. If you need to pay by cheque, please mail it to PO Box 3317, Sherwood Park, AB – T8H 2T2. All payments must be received prior to you writing the exam.

The sitting I wanted to attend has already been closed for registering; can I still submit my application even though it’s too late?

No, we are sorry but after the cut-off date we are unable to accept any more applications. You can review our website for more information on the next available dates.

What if I have any other questions?

Please contact us! We would be happy to walk you through it.