Training & Certification


SWANA strongly advocates lifelong learning as part of a member's personal and professional growth. Here is how to maintain certification.

Certification Renewal

  1. Obtain 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within the three-year certification period.
  2. Process your Certification Renewal Online or complete and submit the Certification Renewal Application with the $250 fee to or fax 301-585-0297.

Alternatively, you can retake the certification exam and pass it with a 70% or more to renew your certification period.

Expired Certification

If your certification has expired, you will need to retake the certification exam and pass it with a 70% or more to become certified again. Please visit our Online Testing Page for more information on how to take the exam.

Certification Level Upgrade

You can upgrade your certification level by completing and submitting the Upgrade Request Application.

Where Can I Get CEUs?

  1. Attend a Webinar – Many webinars are free to members, and they often award CEU credit. Notice will be given on the webinar registration page.
  2. Online Courses  – SWANA offers a variety of online courses as a way to receive top industry training without ever leaving the office.
  3. Training@Work – Do it yourself or SWANA faculty-led training options provide you with unique opportunity to bring SWANA training to the workplace
  4. SWANApalooza 2020 Keynotes – Learn from technical sessions presented by leaders in solid waste industry

CEUs earned vary dependent on the training options. Check your certification status here.