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Sustainability & Resource Management:

Certificate of Proficiency

Recycling and Zero Waste (12 units)

This certificate is intended to prepare students for entry-level positions in recycling and resource management or job advancement within that field.  Courses focus on presenting skills and knowledge needed to prepare students for a wide range of work opportunities in the industry.  Topics include waste reduction and reuse methodologies; collection technologies; the separation, purchasing and marketing of commodities; economic analysis; legislation and regulations; public policy; outreach and education; and health and safety.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this 12-unit certificate program students will be able to:

  • Comprehend basic recycling and resource management principles, including but not limited to Zero Waste, Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship.
  • Identify best practices for recycling, waste diversion and resource recovery for the business sector and communities with the goal of formulating a Zero Waste plan.
  • Capable of researching important local, state, and federal legislation and regulations related to recycling, waste diversion and sustainability.
  • Evaluate the role of materials management strategies and markets for sourcing materials and the implementation of recovery technologies used in the recycling, reuse, and composting industries.
  • Communicate and identify essential public outreach strategies used to market the concepts of "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" to the public.
  • Explain the waste assessment process and have the capability to conduct on-site waste assessments or audits.

Required Courses

Total Units 12 units

IVC Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement - Recycling and Resource Management


Jodi Titus
Faculty Advisor

T: 949-451-5659