Inspired by the Zero Waste business community, U.S. Zero Waste Business Council and its Certification Development Committee have created:
Our facility certification program goes beyond diversion numbers and focuses on the upstream policies and practices that make Zero Waste successful in an organization. We have crafted the facility certification to meet the requests of Zero Waste Businesses for a valid, comprehensive verification of their Zero Waste achievements.
The USZWBC 3rd Party Zero Waste Business Certification does the following:
Certification of Zero Waste Business Professionals
In addition to setting up a Certification Program for facilities, the USZWBC has established the following certification system for professionals helping businesses to achieve Zero Waste.
Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) Certification
The basic level of certification is the Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) Certification. The goal of this certification is to ensure that individuals have a general understanding of the overall concepts of the USZWBC Scorecard certification system. This certification will be fully launched by May 6, 2014 at the USZWBC National Zero Waste Business Conference in Atlanta. This Certification will require the following:
1. Completion of the Become a Certified Zero Waste Business course (USZWBC 101)
2. Passing a comprehensive exam on the USZWBC Zero Waste Business Handbook and the information and case studies provided in this course, with a score of 70% or better
Zero Waste Business Accredited Professional (ZWB-AP) Certification
A more advanced level of certification will be available through the USZWBC in the near future. The goal of this certification is to provide individuals with an in-depth understanding of the USZWBC Scorecard certification system, including the credit points for each category within the rating system. The certification will require the following:
1. Completion of the ZWBA Certification
2. Completion of a USZWBC 102 course designed for ZWB-AP
3. Completion of one USZWBC audit
4. Passing a comprehensive exam with a score of 70% or better
All USZWBC certifications of professionals will require a recertification component to maintain the certification. A minimum of 20-hours every two years will be required to maintain a "current" status. USZWBC will approve workshops, webinars, meetings, conferences or other training opportunities offered by the USZWBC to count towards this requirement. The recertification requirements may also be met by attending approved training offered by partnering organizations. USZWBC will adopt policies related to recertification and develop partnership organization agreements in 2014.