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).


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
Recycling 350: Materials Processing & Marketing
1 Day Classroom / 1 Day Hands On
Brochure | Registration
September 23-24

Lycoming County Resource Management Services
447 Alexander Dr, Montgomery, PA 17752

Recycling 110: Recycling & the Law (.6 CEU)
Recycling 115: Public Policy (.3 CEU)
Recycling 150: Recycling Economics (.3 CEU)
Brochure | Registration
October 8 - 9

253 Transfer Rd.; Bellefonte, PA 16823


RecycAll Inc. Marketing Tour 

Brochure | Registration

October 18

RecycAll Inc.

4832 PA Route 155

Port Allegany, PA 16743

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