May 10, 2012
Currently there is no national professional certification standard to support state or provincial training programs for the recycling and resource management industry. Cities, institutions, and businesses are increasingly adopting sustainability, resource management, and/or zero waste policies. A trained and qualified workforce is best suited to meet the needs of a changing world, where budgets for recycling professionals are limited and programs are geared toward "cost efficiencies."
The Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA) has set out to change this with its recent adoption of "The Plan for National Standards for Certifying Sustainable Resource Management Training Programs and Professionals." The process was initiated by RONA and the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), who collaborated on a federally-funded project to develop new resource management curriculum and a certification process.
A National Standards Certification Board has recently been created to oversee governance and implementation of the Plan.
Check out the "featured news" section on the RONA homepage for more information and updates. We welcome your input into the process! Contact Athena Lee Bradley, NERC Projects Manager, who is serving on the Certification Board.