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Become a TUR Planner, Certification Course

Participants learn a systematic approach to identifying waste and inefficiencies, compare and implement opportunities to reduce toxics, continually improve a TUR program and with a positive impact on financial performance. Offered every fall (check the TURI Calendar) and open to anyone, the Toxics Use Reduction Planner Certification Course provides 48 hours of core instruction over a multi-week period. Skills and tools covered are valuable in any production or service context in any industry. The material is valuable even for those who may not go on to become TUR Planners.

This course will prepare you to create an effective TUR plan under the requirements of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA), or improve an existing one. 

What You Will Learn

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop results-focused goals and objectives for reducing waste and toxics use, and for improving operational efficiency
  • Assemble teams to leverage diverse expertise within a facility
  • Enlist upper management support
  • Perform process characterizations of facility or service operations
  • Identify and prioritize opportunities to reduce toxic chemical use  
  • Perform technical and economic evaluations of TUR options
  • Take the TUR Planner Certification exam given by MassDEP

Course Format

The course is structured in a blended online/live classroom format. You will receive access to the course website where you'll be able to listen to lectures, take online quizzes, and complete homework assignments on your own schedule and pace. This online portion of the course, which will take approximately 20 to 24 hours to complete, must be completed prior to the live classroom sessions that follow.  The course instructor is available during this period to advise students via telephone or email. 

Four live classroom sessions will follow. Students will be grouped into small teams for workshop exercises and group discussions.  Each team will work together on preparing a Toxics Use Reduction Plan using a case study based on a real Massachusetts company and present their results in the final class session.


The cost for the online portion only is $500. Already certified TUR Planners can earn credits for using the online portion of this course as a refresher. Taking the online portion only does not qualify you to take the certification exam.

The cost for the entire course (online and classroom) is $2,000. If your facility has ever filed a TURA Form S, the course fee is $630.00.  (MassDEP Facility I.D.# required for the lower rate).  Registration fee includes materials, lunch, and breaks for each day. 

What to Expect

Although no particular level of educational achievement is required in order to attend, this course is challenging and time consuming. You will be expected to solve math problems at the level of introductory high-school algebra, to understand physical units of measurement, take part in classroom discussions and present technical and business information in both written and oral form. TUR Planning under Massachusetts TURA is a comprehensive process that includes technical and financial assessment of manufacturing operations, integrating TUR into general business processes, and managing project teams, among other subjects. 

If you have any questions regarding course content or expectations, please contact TURI Education Manager Pam Eliason at pam@turi.org or 978-934-3142.

Becoming a Certiļ¬ed General TUR Planner

This course is a prerequisite for taking the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) examination to become a state-certified General TUR PlannerSimply taking this course alone will not certify you as a Toxics Use Reduction Planner. As required by 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 50.52, General Planners must: (1) complete this course with a passing grade; (2) document their education and experience; and (3) pass the DEP exam. Limited TUR Planners might qualify without taking the exam, depending on their level of education and experience.  

NOTE: Course attendance is required in order to receive a certificate of completion. If you have any questions about certification requirements, contact Walter Hope at MassDEP at (617) 292-5982.

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Who Should Attend

The course is open to anyone who is interested, whether from Massachusetts or elsewhere. Typical job functions include:  

  • Operations manager
  • Global supply chain manager
  • Facilities manager
  • Sustainability officer
  • Urban planner
  • EH&S manager
  • Environmental management system developer
  • Manufacturing supervisor
  • Regulatory compliance manager
  • Research and development scientist
  • Product designer
  • Consultants in any of the above areas
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