The Value of Professional Certification 


Pennsylvania’s recycling marketplace contributes significantly to the state economy. The industry is a considerable economic generator, which means that businesses supporting this marketplace benefit from hiring well-trained and educated professionals.

Commitment to ongoing education can be an important factor as employers look to hire or promote. Earning certificates in your field can lead to better visibility, opportunities, and jobs. The Certified Recycling Professional program ensures individual competence by taking candidates through a broad curriculum of skills and knowledge. The certification exam goes beyond training by providing a measurement of knowledge and skills.

Benefits for Employees

The status of CRP is a declaration to your employer, the industry and the public that you are recognized as a trained and educated professional.

•          Earn credibility
•          Demonstrate commitment to your profession
•          Build confidence in your knowledge of the industry 

Benefits for Employers

Certification represents a high level of achievement, demonstrates proficiency, and a broad base of knowledge. Certified Recycling Professionals study a broad curriculum, pass a rigorous exam, and commit to ongoing professional development and recertification. When a person becomes certified, it reflects personal commitment and sense of accountability, inspiring credibility and confidence in an individual’s professional knowledge. 

Hiring a Certified Recycling Professional and investing in certification for your current employees can help you:

•          Increase the competence level of your staff
•          Build a strong, dedicated team that is committed to high standards of care and quality
•          Increase efficiency and reduce cost

As businesses and government compete to hire and retain qualified team members, your employees will know the organization cares about them and is interested in their futures, inspiring greater loyalty. Employees who participate in ongoing education and training are more satisfied with their jobs, making them more productive and reducing absenteeism.

The Certified Recycling Professional program is a nationally recognized series of courses (40 hours) administered by the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania. A Certificate of Completion is issued by the Pennsylvania State University for each course. Pennsylvania’s Certified Recycling Professional program is accredited by the National Standards Certification Board (NSCB).

Resources:

Required courses can be taken in any order. Upon completion of the required sessions you will be eligible to sit for the certification exam.

2019 Certification Class Schedule

Course Name | Brochure | Registration
CEU's
Date
Location
Great American Clean Up
Brochure      |      Registration
0.3
March 1
to
May 31
Throughout PA
Recycling 105: Establishing & Enhancing a Program (.35 CEU)
Recycling 430: Buying & Using Recycled (.35 CEU)
Recycling 985-Zero Waste: (.7 CEU)
Brochure      |      Registration
1.4
May 15 - 16

CCRRA
253 Transfer Rd.; Bellefonte, PA 16823

Recycling 350: Materials Processing & Marketing
1 Day Classroom / 1 Day Hands On
Brochure      |      Registration
TBD
June
2 Days
TBD
Pre-Conference Class
Recycling 601: Succession Planning II

Conference Schedule      |      Registration
.6
Tuesday
July 23
Best Western Premier Harrisburg
Pre-Conference Class
Recycling 462: Investigation and Prosecution Procedures

Conference Schedule      |      Registration
.6
Tuesday
July 23
Best Western Premier Harrisburg
Recycling 520: Data Management
Part of the conference, you will need to chose
this class if you are planning to take the class,
and sign in to receive CEU's
.2
Wednesday
July 24
Best Western Premier Harrisburg
Recycling 540: Non-DEP Grant Resources
Part of the conference, you will need to chose
this class if you are planning to take the class,
and sign in to receive CEU's
.2
Thursday
July 25
Best Western Premier Harrisburg
Recycling 420: Train the Trainer
Part of the conference, you will need to chose
this class if you are planning to take the class,
and sign in to receive CEU's
.2
Thursday
July 25
Best Western Premier Harrisburg
Recycling 340: Electronics Recovery 1 & 2
Day 1 - How to set up a program / Day 2 - Hands On
Brochure      |      Registration
TBD
September
2 Days
TBD
Recycling 110: Recycling & the Law (.6 CEU)
Recycling 115: Public Policy (.3 CEU)
Recycling 150: Recycling Economics (.3 CEU)
Brochure      |      Registration
1.2
October 8 - 9

CCRRA
253 Transfer Rd.; Bellefonte, PA 16823



Note: Check back often. Classes may be added or postponed. Dates and locations are also subject to change.

2019 Overview and Requirements


Specialization Certificates:


  • Collection
  • Composting
  • Education
  • Enforcement
  • Management
  • Processing
  • Recycling Markets