News Release Certification Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 15, 2013

 

Contacts:

Jack DeBell, NSCB Project Manager, University of Colorado ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 303-492-8733)

Gary Liss, NSCB Boardmember ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 916-652-7850)

 

 

 

Now Accepting Applications for National Certification of

Sustainable Resource Management Training Programs

 

Following several years of discussion and input from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, a national certification program has been established for professional training programs for Certified Sustainable Resource Management Professionals to Reduce, Reuse Recycle to Zero Waste. The program complements existing training programs, offers pathways for experienced professionals, and enables higher education to contribute to the expansion of the sustainable resource management industry.

 

As environmentally-sound waste and resource management becomes a higher priority for local governments, businesses, and institutions, a well-trained pool of Sustainable Resource Management professionals becomes even more important. Certification provides emerging as well as accomplished professionals with the means to distinguish themselves from others in the field.  By improving the overall knowledge and understanding of workers in the industry, certification programs help increase the credibility and level of competence in the field.

 

Development of this national certification program has been led by a National Standards Certification Board (NSCB), appointed in January, 2012 by the Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA). The NSCB will accredit certification programs run by states, regions, organizations, trade associations, universities, and community colleges.  Learning outcomes achieved through the certification program include: a command of the technical language and the tools employed to eliminate waste, reuse products and packaging, and use resources efficiently; ability to incorporate applicable laws, regulations and policies; economically sound business practices; health and safety regulations and best practices into everyday resource management work; and, developing effective outreach campaign strategies and techniques to support and measure local economic development and job creation.

 

Organizations operating certification programs must demonstrate minimum requirements in their training programs, including a minimum of 30 hours of course work; certification by an accredited postsecondary institution; a comprehensive course on Sustainable Resource Management; progressive proficiency exams as well as a comprehensive written exam to demonstrate proficiency; and an alternative pathway process to allow experienced professionals to  be credited with knowledge they have gained outside the formal training process.

 


National Standards Certification Board Members :

Athena Lee Bradley, Northeast Recycling Council (NERC)

Bert Jacobson, Kankakee Community College, Illinois and the Illinois Recycling Association

Cary Oshins, U.S. Composting Council

Gary Liss, Grassroots Recycling Network

Joanne Shafer, Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, Pennsylvania and Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP)

John Frederick, Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA)

Judi Gregory, CA Resource Recovery Association

Marie Kruzan, Association of New Jersey Recyclers

MaryEllen Etienne, Reuse Alliance

Project Manager: Jack DeBell, University of Colorado

 


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Accreditation Criteria and Process

 

 

Recycling Organizations of America (RONA)
National Standards Certification Board (NSCB)

Accreditation Criteria and Process

For

Certified Sustainable Resource Management Professional
Training Programs

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to Zero Waste

 

 

Recycling Organizations of America (RONA)

208 West Chester Street

Lafayette, CO 80026

 

www.recyclingorganizations.org

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

303-492-8733

 

 

NSCB Accreditation Background

 

RONA’s National Standards Certification Board (NSCB) will be accrediting certification programs for Certified Sustainable Resource Management

Professionals (not individuals) run by states, regions, organizations, trade associations, universities, and community colleges (hereinafter referred to as recycling organizations or ROs). ROs may apply and seek this national accreditation of their local certification program. NSCB will charge a fee for this accreditation.

 

The RONA national certification is for “Sustainable Resource Management” programs that help students learn how to Reduce, Recycle, and Recycle to Zero Waste. NSCB has developed a set of standards and key components that certification programs must meet to achieve this national accreditation of their program.

 

Once the RO has provided documentation that its programs meet the national standards & key components set by the NSCB, their certification program may use the NSCB accreditation logo on their certificate. This accreditation will be valid for 5 years, at which time reapplication for reaccreditation must be made.

 

 

NSCB Accreditation Process

ROs that have established Sustainable Resource Management training programs can apply for accreditation by the National Standards Certification Board at any time.

NSCB has set an accreditation application fee of $1,000.

NSCB has established two payment options for the application:

- Full payment at time of application.

Or

- Two payment option - $500.00 at time of application and $500.00 at  later specified time (set by the applicant) that has to be before issuing certificates to students.

To apply for accreditation:

 

  1. First contact RONA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to indicate interest in submitting application and to review the criteria (below), process and application procedures.
  2. Fill in the application form and submit with payment
  3. NSCB Accreditation Committee will review the application for completeness once payment has been recorded and may request additional information.  (time frame: 1-2 weeks)
  4. Application is deemed complete once additional information or documentation is submitted.
  5. NSCB Accreditation Committee will review completed application. (2 -6 weeks depending on volume of applications).
  6. NSCB Accreditation Committee will submit Accreditation recommendations to the NSCB Board of Directors for approval.(Board meetings are the third Wednesday of every month)
  7. NSCB issues accreditation letters, along with logo for local use on their certificates along with defined allowed uses. The RO will include the logo and an authorized signature provided from the NSCB on their Certificate.

 

It is anticipated that this review process will take approximately 60-90 days from receipt of application, depending on how many applications are received at the same time and whether they are complete when submitted.

 

ROs that would like to establish Sustainable Resource Management training programs can contact RONA as well for assistance and guidance at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

RONA
Certified Sustainable Resource Management Professional (CSRMP)

Program Accreditation Criteria

 

The Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA) National Standards Certification Board (NSCB) will be accrediting Certification programs (not individuals) run by states, regions, organizations, trade associations, universities, and community colleges.

Accreditation is valid for 5 years. After 5 years certification program must re-apply for reaccreditation.

 

RONA reserves the right to update Accreditation Criteria yearly.

 

It is the intent of the NSCB to continue to enhance the Accreditation Criteria to acknowledge the variety of skill levels in certification programs around the country.

 

Individuals who have been certified by a RONA accredited program and who wish to become certified in another state or region covered by another RONA accredited certification program must follow that state’s or region’s defined requirements.

 

Accreditation Criteria

Criteria One: Program Requirements

a. Certified by an accredited postsecondary institution (including instructor criteria)

b. Minimum Course Work Hours: Thirty (30) hours

c. Progressive proficiency exams for each course and for the final exam

d. Recertification process required

- Recertification must include a minimum of ten (10) hours per year of which 30% of the hours must be classroom or course based hours.  The remaining required hours can be meetings, webinars, or conference sessions.  All courses and meetings must be approved in advance by the Certification Committee or administrator.  Recertification time period cannot exceed three (3) years (e.g. a three (3) year recertification period requires thirty (30) hours of recertification credits of which nine (9) hours must be classroom or course based hours.

- Criteria for recertification credits and approval process must be established

e. Develop and define requirements for “Alternate Certification Pathway” for experienced professionals.  (Alternate Certification Pathway is a mandatory requirement for reaccreditation.)

 

Criteria Two: Program Administration

  • Program Administrator or Team
  • Broad based Certification Committee (6 of 8 below required):
  • State recycling organization
  • Municipal and regional recyclers
  • Accredited postsecondary institution
  • Reuse industry
  • Recycling industry
  • Composting industry
  • Corporate Environmental Manager
  • State Government officials
  • Required Policies and Procedures
  • Defined program policy and procedures
  • Defined instructor criteria (postsecondary institution criteria)
  • Student evaluations of course content and instructors
  • Annual program review and update (to review relevancy and student evaluations)

 

Criteria Three: Minimum Sustainable Resource Management Course Learning

Outcomes (the order and grouping of the learning outcomes below are for required learning outcomes only, not for class organization).

 

A person who completes and passes a RONA Accredited CSRMP Program will be able to:

 

A.   Sustainable Resource Management

1.     Identify the fundamental principles and practices related to sustainable resource management including: waste reduction; reuse; recycling collection; processing and marketing of commodities; composting of organics; and handling and recovery of construction and demolition (C&D) and other special materials, including hazardous materials.

  1. Compare the various technical material management options - Waste-to-Energy (WTE), landfills, Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs), reuse facilities, composting, digestion, incineration, gasification, etc.
  2. Describe the current trends in recycling practices, research, and market expansion
  3. Explain the history of residential and commercial recycling systems/programs.
  4. Explain the resource management system with command of the technical language and the tools employed to eliminate waste, reuse products and packaging, and use resources efficiently.
  5. Incorporate sound management practices, the applicable resource management laws, regulations and policies; economically sound business practices; health and safety regulations and best practices into their everyday resource management work.
  6. Identify full cost accounting principles related to sustainable resource management.
  7. Identify local markets for highest and best use of recovered products and materials while evaluating carbon footprint, greenhouse gas emissions, job potential and life cycles.
  8. Design a communication plan aimed at increasing public awareness of and participation in SRM.
  9. Describe the general constructs of contracts for services in your state.
  10. Discuss the role of government in resource management, including important past pieces of legislation that shaped the industry.
  11. Identify the types of careers associated with resource management, including the skill sets required for entry-level positions.

B.    Culture and Sustainable Resource Management

1.     Develop an effective outreach campaign strategy utilizing Social Media and Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) in addition to face-to-face marketing tools.

  1. Develop and present effective presentations, publications and exhibits that will enhance individual sustainable actions and habits.

C.    Sustainable Resource Management and Communities

1.     Explain how and why communities are adopting Sustainable Resource Management (SRM) and/or Zero Waste goals and plans, including how to develop community plans to eliminate waste and use sustainable resources efficiently.

  1. Compare legislation, policies, programs and types of facilities needed for communities to improve waste management. Identify state and local structures that are barriers or incentives for initiatives.
  2. Analyze markets and service opportunities for reusables, repurposing recoverables, recyclables and compostables for a variety of resources.
  3. Identify Local Producer Responsibility  policies and programs and advocate for Extended Producer Responsibility, and Green Chemistry policies and programs
  4. Identify techniques to support and measure local economic development and job creation.
  5. Identify key components of an effective Request for Proposal (RFP) or similar procurement process for program activities.

D.   Sustainable Resource Management and Business

1.     Describe the various types of waste streams and the businesses that create them (e.g. manufacturing, construction, hospitality)

  1. Compare resource management services provided by different companies utilizing various types of strategies, technologies and/or equipment.  This would include business fundamentals such as full cost accounting, life-cycle analysis and triple bottom line (economics, environment, and social equity).
  2. Develop and conduct evaluations or surveys of materials and business practices to consider how companies could change practices to reduce waste generation.
  3. Identify tools and metrics for businesses to design, implement and oversee waste  reduction, reuse, repurposing, recycling and composting sustainable management programs (Green Business)
  4. Discuss how collection/service contracts, property management contracts and policies of large companies might support or thwart resource management efforts.

All Accreditation information is available on the RONA website: www.recyclingorganizations.org

 

 

 

Application


 

Recycling Organizations of America (RONA)

National Standards Certification Board (NSCB)

Application for Accreditation of Sustainable Resource Management Training Programs

 

 

 

This application has five (5) sections that must be completed in full. Provide as much documentation as possible, including attachments and website URLs where applicable.

  • Section One:    General Information
  • Section Two:   Program Requirements
  • Section Three: Program Administration
  • Section Four:   Student Learning Outcomes
  • Section Five:  Application Fee Plan

 

Section One: General Information

 

If the training program is a partnership of more than one organization, the RO should be the applicant and there should be letters of support from the partners attached.  If the training program is not in partnership with a RO, they may apply directly.

 

In describing your organization and program be sure to include enough information that NSCB may adequately describe your organization and program in any press announcements.

 

1. GENERAL INFORMATION

Applicant Organization Name

 

Mailing Address

 

Primary Contact and Title

 

Email

 

Phone

 

Best times to call (with time zone)

 

Secondary Contact and Title

 

Email

 

Phone

 

Best times to call (with time zone)

 

Organization Website

 

Program Website

 

Date

 

 

 

List Partners (if applicable) & attach letters

_______________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

Organizational Description and History (Provide on separate page: max 100 words)

 

Sustainable Resource Management Training Program Summary & History (Provide on separate page: max 250 words, including implementation date of program)

 

 

Section Two: Program Requirements

Applicant certification program must document the following:

a.     Program Certified by an accredited postsecondary institution (including instructor criteria)

 

Documentation required

List the accredited postsecondary institution, contact name and contact information.

Attach a letter from this institution that details their certification of the applicants program and the instructor criteria used in the certification program for their academic review to ensure that instructors are qualified and effective. A model agreement is available on the RONA website that highlights the types of roles that a postsecondary institution could be asked to play.

 

b.     Certification Program must have a minimum of thirty (30) hours of course work and cover the entire student Learning Outcomes as detailed in Section Four. Courses must be in a classroom setting or in an electronic setting that includes extensive exchange and dialog among the instructors and students.

 

Documentation required

List the required and elective courses and their hours that comprise the certification program

In each course define the way the course is taught.

 

c.     Certification Program must have progressive exams or other demonstration of competency (e.g., projects or reports) for each course and for the final exam.

 

Documentation required

Detail the type of exam or demonstration of competency used in each course and the final exam

 

d.     Certification Program must include a recertification requirement.

Recertification must include a minimum of ten (10) hours per year of which a minimum of 30% must be classroom or course based hours. The remaining required hours can be meetings, conferences, or web based.  Recertification time period cannot exceed three (3) years. All courses and meetings intended to count towards recertification requirements must be approved in advance by the Certification Administrator or Committee.  Example a two year recertification time period would require 20 hours of credit of which a minimum of 6 needs to be classroom based (the 20 credits are over a 2-year period, it does not have to be 10 in year one and 10 in year two).

 

Documentation required

Describe in detail the recertification requirements (hours, time period and classroom hours) and process. Include the process to pre-approve hours, and who pre-approves the hours, types of courses or meeting appropriate, how to report hours, and who maintains the recertified list.

 

e.     Alternate certification pathway available for experienced professionals

This requirement is not required of a program in its first application for accreditation, but is required to be implemented and operational at the time of application for reaccreditation.

Documentation required:

Describe and define the alternate pathway program, requirements, implementation date, exams, entrance requirement, and courses.

 

 

Section Three: Program Administration

 

a. Program Administrator or Team

Certification Programs need a point person or team that manages the day to day operations of the program, who works with the Certification Committee to define and adjust the program, manages the pre-approval process of re-certification credits based on criteria established by the Certification Committee, and manages the database of certified and recertified professionals.

 

Documentation required:

Define who is the program administrator or team. Describe the roles and responsibility of the program administrator or team, including

 

b. Broad based Certification Committee

To insure the relevancy of the Certification Program it must have a broad based Certification Committee that reflects the breath of the sustainable community that it serves as it implements and maintains a program.  A smaller Committee or one with different representation may have been used in the past to develop existing programs. The Committee going forward must include 6 of these 8 categories:

  1. State recycling organization
  2. Municipal or regional recyclers
  3. Accredited postsecondary institution
  4. Reuse industry
  5. Recycling industry
  6. Composting industry
  7. Corporate environmental manager
  8. State Government officials

The Committee responsibility is to lead the development and ongoing management of the Certification Program. Its roles include (but are not limited to): reviewing and updating program relevancy and course content; reviewing courses and instructors using student evaluations; establishing, reviewing, and updating criteria for recertification credits; and developing, implementing, maintaining and updating an alternate pathway for certification.

 

Documentation required:

Describe and define the roles and responsibility of the Certification Committee.  List the committee members by the categories they represent to show the committee meets the broad based criteria above.

c. Guiding set of Policies and Procedures

The Certification Program must have a set of policies and procedures that lay out the standards, processes, conflict resolution and program procedures and requirements that will assure that a fair and equitable program is maintained for all participants.  Procedures will also define how the database of certified and recertified professionals is maintained and by whom, including a registry of certified professionals and related record keeping to facilitate thorough understanding of each participant’s status in the program.

 

Documentation required:

Describe and define the Guiding Policies and Procedures of the applicant’s Certification Program to demonstrate it meets the minimum criteria above.

 

Section Four: Student Learning Outcomes

 

The NSCB has developed a set of 25 minimum student learning outcomes (SLOs) that must be included in a Certification Program to achieve accreditation.  The required minimum SLOs are listed in the chart below (the order and grouping of the learning outcomes is for required learning outcomes only, not for class organization).

 

Documentation required:

List all the courses that are required to attain Certification and how the courses are organized by subject areas. RO or postsecondary institution need to provide detailed descriptions of each course, its objectives and how it is taught.  Describe how innovative and interactive approaches are used, how real world case studies and site visits are included, and how supplemental work (individual work beyond classwork) is included in courses.

 

Using the summary Excel spreadsheet provided, indicate in which class, course or day each SLO is covered.

 

 

Section Five: Application Fees

NSCB has set an accreditation application fee of $1,000. NSCB has established two payment options:

  • Full payment of $1,000.00 at time of application.

or

  • Two payment option - $500.00 due at time of application and $500.00 at a later specified time (set by the applicant) that has to be before issuing certificates to students. This option is intended to allow organizations to generate revenue from fees charged to students being certified, or to allow for sponsorships to be obtained after the submittal of the application.

Documentation required:

Make check payable to RONA and mail to:

 

RONA

208 West Chester Street

Lafayette, CO 80026

Indicate which payment plan will be used, and indicate date when second payment will be made if the Two payment option is selected.

 
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