Compost Manufacturing: Principles & Practices

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The following courses' lectures will be livestream only in order to limit exposure to COVID-19.

California CM:PP

June 8 - 10, 2021

California CM:PP Flyer


The California Compost Manufacturing: Principles & Practices (CM:PP) course consists of a two day Livestream course and an optional third day Facility Tour (self-driven) which is designed to expand or refresh your knowledge of the compost production process and begin your certification as a composting industry professional. The course is best suited for those who need an in-depth understanding of the composting process such as consultants, vendors, regulators, policy-makers, investors, environmental activists, sustainability professionals and recycling coordinators. 

The California CM:PP offers the choice between two Facility Tours; located in Northern and Southern California. The NorCal and SoCal tours will provide examples of facilities which vary in size, accepted feedstocks, and processes. The stops will include equipment demonstrations of manufacturing equipment and ‘tools of the trade.’

The Tour locations are scheduled to include:

NorCal Tour
SoCal Tour
Republic Services - West County
Vision Recycling - Benecia Facility
Napa Recycling - Napa
San Pasqual Valley Soils - Escondido
El Corazon Compost - Oceanside
Evergreen Nursery - Oceanside
Mirimar Geenery - San Diego


The self-driven Facility Tour requires you wear closed toe shoes. Please bring your own Personal Protective Equipment if you have it. If you do not, we can provide a high visibility vest, hard hat, safety glasses, and ear protection. Tour attendees must also be prepared to follow any and all COVID-19 precautions such as mask wearing and social distancing; masks and hand sanitizer will be provided.

The Facility Tour will begin at promptly at 8:30am PDT so plan to arrive early for attendance. A detailed itinerary will be emailed approximately one-week prior to the event. The tour day is scheduled to end by 5:00pm PDT.

You can register for either the Livestream, the Tour or the Full CM:PP event. For those seeking certification through the USCC Certification program, you must register for the 3-Day combo to receive full credit. 

2-Day Course
1-Day Tour*
3-Day Combo (Discount)
USCC/California Chapter Member
Early Bird Discount Pricing (Must Register by May 10, 2021) 
USCC/California Chapter Member
$385 $129 $450
$470 $179 $572
* 1-Day Tour must be attended in person.
To register for the option you want, please click the corresponding button below: 
Livestream + NorCal Tour Livestream + SoCal Tour
NorCal Tour Only SoCal Tour Only
Livestream Only  


About the CREF's Compost Manufacturing: Principles and Practices 

A NEW  two day course with optional add-on third day tour from the Compost Research & Education Foundation. Take your composting expertise to the next level. Expand and refresh your knowledge of the compost production process, from feedstock delivery to product distribution. Designed for those that need an in-depth understanding of the composting process such as consultants, vendors, regulators, policy-makers, investors, environmental activists, sustainability professionals and recycling coordinators. A precursor to the 5-day Compost Operations Training Course (COTC), this course will provide a solid foundation for those working at, or with, compost manufacturing facilities or are considering getting into the business. 

Day 1: Benefits of composting and compost use, Compost qualities, uses and markets, Basic principles of composting, Composting methods, Processing operations and equipment
Day 2: Facility siting and design, Managing contamination, Regulations, Environmental protection, Stormwater, Odor and air quality, Fires and other safety considerations
Day 3 (Optional): Self driving tour of a variety (3-4) of composting facilities. Will include demonstrations of processing, monitoring and sampling equipment
Details regarding refund/transfer of registrations can be found in our Cancellation Policy.

For more information on the training, contact Wayne Howard, CREF Project Manager

Our Compost Manufacturing: Principles and Practices course meets the training requirements to become certified. For more info, go to

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