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Composting Council Launches Second Professional Certification

Wednesday, August 28, 2019  
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Reston, VA–The US Composting Council’s Certification Commission is introducing a new credential that is designed for industry professionals who are experts in the field of compost manufacturing and facility management.

The new certification is called the Certified Compost Professional (CCP™). This differs from the USCC’s Certified Compost

Operations Manager (CCOM™) designation because CCP holders do not need to be working at a facility to earn this certification.

“This certification is a great fit for consultants, equipment representatives, educators, and even regulators,” said Cary Oshins, Director of Certification for the USCC. “Especially for those marketing products or services to compost manufacturers, the CCP gives these professionals a competitive edge.”

“This is a great next step for the Commission, and for our Industry,” explained Matt Cotton, of Integrated Waste Management Consulting, the newest member of the Certification Commission. “It made sense to start with the CCOM, geared to the onsite Operations Manager. But there are folks who are just as knowledgeable and couldn’t qualify, because they didn’t work at a facility. Since they provide important services to the facilities, this is a way to demonstrate their deep technical knowledge of compost facility management to help the industry succeed.”

“Composting is a dynamic and fast-growing industry,” continued Cotton. “It’s not enough to just do your job, you need to be thinking of the larger composting (and processing) industry. The CCP and the CCOM raise the level of knowledge and professionalism within the industry, making the entire industry more sustainable, more efficient, and more profitable.”

Both certifications are now fully available. Applications, prerequisites, test information, fees and other details can be found by visiting the Commission’s website at

About the USCC

The US Composting Council, a national organization dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the compost manufacturing industry, was established in 1990 to encourage, support and perform compost related research. USCC promotes best management practices, establishes standards, educates professionals and the public about the benefits of composting and compost utilization, and enhances compost product quality, and trains compost manufacturers and compost markets. USCC members include compost manufacturers, marketers, equipment manufacturers, product suppliers, academic institutions, public agencies, nonprofit groups and consulting/engineering firms.

About the Certification Commission

The mission of the USCC Certification Commission is to develop and administer national, valid, credible, vendor-neutral certification programs for organics recycling professionals which enhance the profession of organics recycling facility management and in turn benefit the community business and environmental outcomes. The initial development of the CCOM™ was by the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation thanks to a grant from the 11th Hour Project.