Aug 2-6: Compost Operations Training Course

About the CREF’s Compost Operations Training Course

This 40-hr, 5-day course held in Lincoln, Nebraska focuses on giving you the knowledge you need to run a successful composting facility, whether you’re just getting started or have been composting for a while. In addition to in-depth lectures, the course provides hands-on practice through indoor and outdoor activities as well as tours to local facilities, where the theories meet reality. From compost operators to environmental and agricultural consultants to local and state regulators; the Compost Operations Training Course is for anyone who wants quality instruction from leading composting professionals and educators on the art and science of commercial scale compost production and marketing.



Day 1: Composting process, feedstocks and recipe development, compost systems
Day 2: Equipment, safety, site design, environmental protection (odors and stormwater)
Day 3: Regulations, composting facility tours
Day 4: Compost testing, product quality, compost uses and marketing
Day 5: Facility management, trouble-shooting and analyzing compost piles



Accommodations and meals will be available through the university. We are currently working with university staff to finalize details, and registrants will be notified of options once available.



> USCC Member $995
> Non-USCC Member (Individual or Small Business: Consultant, Start-Up, Company) $1,195
> Non-USCC Member (Large Business) $1,295

Register by June 21st to get $100 off regular USCC members and non-member pricing! Student discount available. Details regarding refund/transfer of registrations can be found in our Cancellation Policy.


Scholarships are available as reimbursements for registration fees and/or lodging costs for Nebraska attendees thanks to funding from the Nebraska Worker Training Grant. Apply for a scholarship HERE.


For more information on the training, contact Wayne Howard, CREF Project Manager


Register by June 21st to get $100 off!

Student discount available.

Details regarding refund/transfer of registrations can be found in our Cancellation Policy.

Our Compost Operations Training Course meets the training requirements to become a Certified Compost Operations Manager.



Logos for Vermeer, Vermeer High Plains, Soil Dynamics, OmaGro, and City of Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Solid Waste Management