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Commercial Animal Waste Technician (CAWT) trainings now available in-person or online

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There are several upcoming opportunities for Minnesota commercial manure haulers and site managers to attend the Commercial Animal Waste Technician (CAWT) recertification workshops. This year, there will be both in-person workshops and an online course.

In-person workshops will take place in Morris (Feb. 15), Lamberton (Mar. 9), and Waseca (Mar. 23). A hybrid workshop where participants attend in person and speakers are remote will be held in Hutchinson (Feb. 17). Online training will be available starting late spring and will be open until November 20th, 2022.

Learn more & register:

Due to University of Minnesota building COVID protocols, masks are required and seating is limited for all in-person locations.

Register early to ensure a seat. No Walk-ins. Companies can now register multiple employees at once (in-person training only). The registration fee is $10 for either in-person or online recertification training.

Sign up to receive CAWT updates

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) requires full attendance to receive recertification credit. You must be signed in and signed out to receive full credit. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will be turned away.

2022 workshop topics:

  • MDA CAWT program update
  • Manure application rule reminders
  • New rules in 2021 CAFO permit
  • Manure crediting
  • Getting the best value out of manure
  • Trends in manure application safety
  • Update of state/federal commercial vehicle regulations

Recertification reminders

  • Bring your CAWT card to class to be scanned for credit.
  • New applicators who have not been previously certified: You must watch a video and take a quiz for your initial certification. You cannot receive initial certification through these workshops.
  • Certified applicators: You can either watch a video and take a quiz every year or attend a recertification workshop every other year.
  • Site managers: You must attend a workshop every other year.

More information

  • For more information on CAWT licensing, please refer to the MDA website.
  • If you have MDA licensing questions, please call MDA at 651-201-6146 or email
  • News of a workshop cancellation due to inclement weather will be available through the Farm Information Line (1-800-232-9077).
  • If you have CAWT course questions, please contact Brenda Postels at 320-203-6063 or

Blog post written by: Extension educators Chryseis Modderman & Brenda Postels, and Extension manure management specialist Melissa Wilson

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