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This web page provides information regarding the certification of landfill operators and managers, compost and landfarm operators. Solid waste licenses are active for five years. At the end of that five-year period, solid waste operators and managers must attend a certification class and undergo an examination.

How to Become a Certified Solid Waste Operator Fact Sheet

The training and exam calendar can be found here.

How do I apply?

Applicants must submit an Application for Certification-Solid Waste along with the Registration Form for Exams and Training-Solid Waste. You can apply online or via paper application. 

Apply Online:

  • To begin the process, establish a Kentucky Online Gateway account.

  • Launch EEC eForms.

  • Look for the search bar on the forms list. Enter "DCA" in order to sort the forms.

  • Select the Application for Certification-Solid Waste form.

  • Once the application has been completed, select the Continue to Pre-Payment button. You will be directed to pay at this time. 

Paper Application:

  • Complete the Application for Certification-Solid Waste along with the Registration Form for Exams and Training-Solid Waste which can be found in the DEP Forms Library.

  • Checks should be made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer. 

  • The completed form along with check or money order should be mailed to:

DCA Certification & Licensing Program
300 Sower Blvd.
Frankfort, KY 40601

Questions related to solid waste operator certification or the training schedule should be directed to the Division of Compliance Assistance at 502-782-6189 or through envhelp@ky.gov.