Animal Waste Operator Credits to Be Offered in Sampson
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As the end of the year approaches, it is important for those of us with Certified Animal Waste Operator (CAWO) certifications to make sure all of our requirements have been met for 2023. Here are a few friendly reminders of what to expect over the coming months.
Certified Operators are required to pay an annual recertification renewal fee. Farmers should note that a recent change has increased the annual renewal payment to $25.00 per year. Operators should be receiving an invoice in the mail from the Water Pollution Control Systems Operators Certification Commission (WPCSOCC) in the coming weeks. If you do not receive an invoice or are not sure about your payment, you can check your status and pay online. You will need to enter your Animal Operator Certification Number to retrieve your information.
Certified Operators must also receive six hours of continuing education credits (CEC) every three years. Failing to do so will result in having to retake the initial certification class and passing the exam. To find out if you need continuing education credits, feel free to call N.C. Cooperative Extension of Sampson County at (910) 592-7161. Ask for Max Knowles, and I will help you find out if and when you need credit hours to retain your certification. There are multiple opportunities to receive continuing education credits this year; however, most of these programs require preregistration. So, please be sure to check your status as soon as possible.
We are excited to announce the opportunity for a complete six hours of approved continuing education credits at the George Upton Livestock Arena, 93 Agriculture Place, Clinton NC 28328 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29. We ask that you please call 910-592-7161 to preregister for the event. If this date conflicts with your schedule we also plan to offer classes in Wayne County (December 7), Bladen County (December 5), Duplin County (December 1 and 12), Lenoir County (December 15). We also are having two Zoom opportunities that will both offer three hours of CE credit (November 15 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and November 30 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.).