Manitoba Landfill Operator Certification Program

How do I apply to the program?

1. Download the application form MB Operator Certification Application, complete the form, ensuring ALL fields within your application have been completed. Please ensure all signature and dates for both the applicant and the supervisor have been completed.

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

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

How much are fees?

First-time applicant for the Manitoba Landfill Certification: $200 +gst (Cdn)
First-time applicant for the Manager of Landfill Operations Certification: $375 +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 Manitoba 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. Download the Renewal Application Form

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) be currently employed at a Manitoba Landfill

Do I need to take the training course before writing the exam?

No. All qualifying applicants can challenge the exam if they wish. However, attending the course prior to writing the exam is strongly recommended. Please note: there is a separate application form and fee to attend the training course, and another separate application form and fee to apply to write the certification exam.

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

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

An 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?

In-person exam sittings currently have to be arranged individually (until an online option becomes available – it’s in the works). Once you applied and are approved to write the exam, we will contact you about further steps.

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:

Solid Waste Association of North America – Northern Lights Chapter
PO Box 3317
Sherwood Park, AB
T8H 2T2

All payments must be received prior to you writing the exam.

What if I have any other questions?

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