Manager of Landfill Operations Training Course

Rosemont/Chicago, IL

Tuesday, June 7 – Thursday, June 9, 2022
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST

SWANA is pleased to present the pilot presentation of the new Manager of Landfill Operations course — newly developed in 2021 — in Rosemont, IL!

The new Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) course is an invaluable resource that will help you gain the information and skills needed to run a modern landfill like a pro! This course gives you the tools, information, and confidence to become a first-class landfill manager, leader, and problem-solver who knows where to find answers. Gain the technical and administrative skills to make thoughtful decisions that meet the needs of your community, regulators, and team. Learn what it takes to make convincing arguments that are grounded in knowing what it takes to achieve a well-run, properly-equipped operation.

Offered over three days, the new course features 13 modules based on the new MOLO Body of Knowledge, the compendium of the skills, abilities, and information managers of landfill operations need to be effective in this critical industry role.

Module 1

Course Introduction and Overview

Module 2

Landfill Basics

Module 3

Landfill Siting, Development, and Design

Module 4

Short- and Long-Term Planning

Module 5

Landfill Operations

Module 6

Site Management and Control

Module 7

Leachate and Landfill Gas

Module 8

Groundwater Monitoring and Stormwater

Module 9

Closed Landfill Management and Maintenance

Module 10

Landfill Safety

Module 11

Communication and Training

Module 12

Prohibited and Hazardous Waste Materials Management

Module 13

Management and Leadership

Location & Hotel Reservations

Hyatt Rosemont
6350 N. River Road 
Rosemont, IL 60018

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Individuals seeking MOLO certification should note that taking the new MOLO course does NOT guarantee success on the exam. Passing a certification exam requires amassing knowledge, skills, and abilities over time from a variety of sources; no one course provides all of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to pass a certification exam. Knowledge is gained over time from years of experience in the field; online courses, webinars, and podcasts; in-person seminars and events; hands-on workshops; on-the-job training; local, regional, and national conferences; mentoring programs; trade publications; and more. Thus, the MOLO course should be considered as just one resource that can be used to help prepare for MOLO certification. Those who wish to sit for the MOLO Certification exam should self-assess and fill knowledge and skill gaps by reviewing the new MOLO Body of Knowledge found at

The MOLO Certification Exam is NOT included with the course purchase. If you wish to pursue certification, visit our Become Certified Page or email for more information. 

Exam Cost






The course will be presented as a live, in-person learning event led by a SWANA-certified faculty instructor.

You will receive a copy of the comprehensive Manager of Landfill Operations student manual. This manual is a must-have job reference tool that includes the 13 modules listed above and supplemental images, graphs, and real-world examples for effective landfill management.

Upon completion of the course, SWANA awards participants 30 continuing education credits to apply toward a current SWANA certification.

Ideal for landfill owners, managers, supervisors, and operators; engineers; consultants; and those aspiring to these roles.

SWANA strongly encourages mask wearing in all indoor settings at this time. If the city or venue in which we hold an event requires mask-wearing for anyone — vaccinated or unvaccinated — in an indoor space, SWANA’s event will also comply with that requirement. SWANA will expect its instructors, students and staff to comply with the requirements then in place.