SWANA Online Testing

The easy and convenient way to become SWANA certified. Certifications available in ten disciplines. Certificates available for Landfill Operations Basics and Organics Collection.

Certification Requirements

  • High School degree or GED
  • Minimum 1 year experience working in the specific discipline. A two-year Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (Civil Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Public Administration or related equivalent fields) can substitute for 1 year of the minimum experience.

Online Testing Registration

The person taking the exam must register with their unique email address. This is used to deliver the access code needed to begin the exam. Check your spam folder for the email if the email does not arrive within one (1) hour of completing registration. You may pay by credit card, check or invoice. Check and invoice payments will delay access to the exam until payment is received.

Technical Support

In North America assistance is available Monday–Friday by phone at 1.866.348.7888 or by email at support@captus.com from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Outside North America, contact support@captus.com during business hours. You may take the exam at any time, but it is recommended to take it during business hours in case technical support is needed. SWANA staff cannot help you with technical issues during testing.

Online Testing Results and Certificates

The minimum score to pass a certification exam or certificate assessment test is 70%. Exams and tests are validated for time limit compliance. If you exceed the time limit, your results may be invalidated. Results are emailed within three business days. Those who successfully pass will receive instructions on how to print their certificate. You have six (6) months to begin the exam or test.

Online Testing Re-Takes

Those who do not pass can re-register immediately. A separate fee applies to each re-take. There is no limit on the number of times you may re-take an exam or test.

Before purchasing an exam or test, you must complete these steps:

  1. Confirm you meet the above requirements to take the Certification exam.
    Note: Anyone may sit for a Certificate Assessment Test (e.g., Landfill Operations Basics and Organics Collection).
  2. A SWANA ID Number is required to purchase an exam online. If you do not have a SWANA Membership or ID number, set up a SWANA login account now.
  3. For certification exams only, fill out the Certification Application. You must complete the application for each certification exam you wish to take. When complete, close the application window and return to this page. You do not need to submit an application for certificate assessment tests.

Exam Costs

Members: $250.00
Non-Members: $400.00


A SWANA ID Number is required to purchase an exam online. If you do not have a SWANA Membership or ID number, set up a SWANA login account now.


For questions regarding the online testing program, please email certification@swana.org or call 240-494-2248 (9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET Monday–Friday)