Welcome to the home of the Certified Compost Operations Manager (CCOM)
In response to demand for talent and expertise to operate and manage composting facilities, the USCC Certification Commission is developing industry recognized certification programs. The CCOM is the first in a series of compost manufacturing industry certifications designed to recognize the accomplishments and competencies of composting professionals.
Most of all, this website is totally about creating the best Total Candidate Experience possible, throughout the professional life of everyone who enters, advances and then achieves mastery in the organics recycling industry. Here is where the USCC Certification Commission provides the framework and environment for every composting professional to create their own path of success through decades of practice. The framework includes standards, policies, code of ethics, applications, and a certification test. The environment includes everything we can do to provide the information, support, credibility, and community of colleagues, customers, employers and regulators it takes to encourage you to achieve CCOM Certification and stay current through recertification every 3 years.
For the next few months, the emphasis and the buzz is all about getting the word out for the beta test phase, which is this summer.
Why does this matter?
Whether you register, here and now, to step into the beta test experience—for free (no fees at all) in order to begin fulfilling requirements for the CCOM or choose to wait until this fall to apply for the fully-developed, more streamlined certification testing experience and pay the application fees and test fees, what stands behind this test matters.
Every professional certification developed and administered by the USCC Certification Commission has at its core the one study required of all correctly designed, fair and credible certifications—the Scope of Practice Study and Analysis. For the Certification Compost Operations Manager (CCOM) credential, USCC conducted the Compost Operations Manager Scope of Practice Study during the summer of 2015. More than 7,000 composting manufacturers, educators and regulators received email invitations to participate in the study. Survey respondents represent all stakeholder groups in all available configurations including all ten US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regions along with sixteen countries outside the United States. The respondents also effectively exemplify stakeholders by facility type or role (government owned facility, non-profit facility, for-profit facility, teacher/trainer/educator, regulator, and consultant) and across two key experience levels (less than five years of experience versus five or more years of experience).
In addition to the required amount of statistical data needed to complete the study and determine the certification test blueprint, the investigation included open conversations in focus groups and in surveys to find out why people in the organics recycling industry—and those who teach it and regulate it—feel so strongly that the time has come for professionalism and nationwide certification.
Top six reasons why compost operations managers will choose to become USCC Certified:
- Professional certification is required for promotions or salary increases.
- Certification is essential for career development.
- Certified professionals ensure public safety.
- Certification is required or preferred by the employer.
- Certification shows professionalism and improves the public’s view of us as professionals.
- Certification may now be or eventually will be required for regulatory compliance.
Hundreds of compost operations owners, managers and workers have joined the conversation about the value and importance of achieving USCC Certification. Through this website and many other ways of listening and sharing your comments, we shall tell your career story and provide your reasons why CCOM is important. Here’s what people in the composting industry are saying:
“We can see that all of the knowledge areas that are covered in the certification test design are important to creating a holistic compost operation that addresses many elements of business operation.”
“I’m glad to see that years of running a site counts as part of the qualifications to gain admission to the certification test.”
“Education is extremely important because this is an ever-changing field. So glad to see the education requirements to qualify for this certification.”
“We are diverse and located in remote areas so it’s great to see the certification process is available online.”
“We believe this certification will help us with development and the progress of composting operations and procedures.”
“The number one reason for a CCOM to be certified is to obtain the skillset to run an environmentally safe and beneficial compost facility for the local community.”
What makes the CCOM Certification valuable?
The USCC Certification Commission developed a certification which will fulfill these promises:
- Be globally recognized across the industry
- Enable composting professionals to demonstrate they have met specified criteria and achieved a level of understanding of and familiarity with organics recycling standard practices
- Support organizations in establishing best management practice through improved business and environmental outcomes, as well as a clear career development path for compost professionals
- Advance composting and facility operations management as a profession by clarifying the distinctive nature and value of the compost operations manager role.