Become an Authorized Training Provider


  • Approves your courses and training events for Professional Development Hours (PDHs).
  • Attracts Certified Compost Operations Managers (CCOMs™) and Certified Composting Professionals (CCP™) to your training event. CCOMs and CCPs are required to document 30 PDHs every 3 years to stay certified
  • Demonstrates your commitment to providing qualified continuing education to the organics recycling industry
  • Shows that your course is aligned with one or more of the Nine Knowledge Domains covered by the certification test
  • Permits use of the Authorized Training Provider badge so CCOMs and CCPs can easily recognize your courses and instructors as providing approved PDHs



You can register and apply by clicking the link at the top of the page.

There is a one-time-only registration for each training provider (organization or independent individual). The fee for registration is $199 (going up to $299 after the November 1, 2018). Any number of individual trainers may be included under one organization. USCC Chapters do not pay a registration fee. (NOTE: at this time, all fees associated with the ATP program are being waived)

PDHs for each course or other training event must applied for individually. The initial ATP registration must include at least one course or other training event.

The cost for PDH approval depends on the number of hours of the event. Discounts are provided to USCC members. Once approved, annual renewal is required, at half the cost of the initial application.

Course duration



Up to one instructional hour


in-service, tailgate or brown bag lunch

>1 – 10 instructional hours


webinars, half- and full-day courses

>10 – 20 instructional hours


2-3 day conferences

>20 – 30 instructional hours


Multi-day trainings

>30 – 40 instructional hours


5 day training course

>40 instructional hours


Community college course

* USCC Members organizations (Bronze level and higher) receive 20% discount off the rate/PDH
**special exemption: NO FEE for courses, workshops, webinars or meetings related to SAFETY, if application is approved


Example one: A consulting company is hosting a 1.5 hour webinar.  They are not USCC members.  This is their first PDH application.  Fee = $199 + (2 x $40) = $279

Example two: A USCC Chapter is hosting a 2-day conference.  12 hrs are deemed educational. Fee = 12 x $30 x 80% = $288

Example three: A USCC member company is hosting a one hour safety training provided by the insurance company.  This is their first PDH application.  Fee = $199.  Future insurance-company approved training at the same facility can be approved at no cost.

Criteria for Course approval

Criterion 1: The course content aligns with one or more of the compost operations management knowledge areas (domains).

Criterion 2: The course has clear and documented goals, learning objectives, and instructional methods.

Criterion 3: The course uses appropriate instructional methods and principles of adult education.

Criterion 4: Course is taught by an instructor(s) who has/have the academic and experiential qualifications needed to meet course goals and learning objectives. 

Criterion 5: Course operates in an open and transparent manner.

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.