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Master Composter Certificate Course

Program Overview

The NYC Compost Project Master Composter Certificate Course is a train-the-trainer program with a community service component. The program is offered every Spring by the NYC Compost Project at the botanical gardens in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island; the Manhattan Compost Project offers the program in the fall.

Program Eligibility

Be at least 18 years of age.

How to Enroll

  1. To apply, use the online application form.
  2. After you submit your application, Sanitation will contact you directly. The course fee is $40.00.

How the Program Works

  1. The Master Composter Certificate Course requires between 18 and 23 hours of classroom instruction, two field trips, plus 15 hours of supervised community training, and 15 hours of independent projects/community service helping to advance on-site composting in NYC. This course covers the following topics:
  • The small-scale composting process
  • How to use finished compost
  • How to design and build on-site compost systems
  • Techniques for teaching others about composting
  1. For the community service component, participants engage in projects based upon their interests and the goals of the NYC Compost Project, such as giving composting classes at schools and civic associations, building compost bins at community gardens, staffing compost info tables, or working at compost demonstration sites.


What will I learn? Read the Master Composter Manual to familiarize yourself with the topics covered in the course.

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