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TUR Planner Certification Course

The next Toxics Use Reduction Planner certification course begins August 13, 2021 with the online portion. View the calendar listing for more details. If you're interested, fill out this brief application.

Why Become a TUR Planner? 

TUR Planners Roxann Carstensen and her daughter Cierra MacLeod explain the benefits of planning for their clients.

Participants in the Toxics Use Reduction Planner course learn:

  • A systematic approach to identifying chemical use, waste and inefficiencies
  • How to compare and implement projects that reduce toxics
  • To continually improve TUR programs 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. 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 develop an effective TUR plan under the requirements of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA), or improve an existing one. 

MassDEP is responsible for enforcement of and compliance with the TURA program. You can learn more about the details of TUR reporting on their website.

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 feasibility assessments of TUR options
  • Take the TUR Planner Certification exam given by MassDEP

Please note that there are prerequisites for becoming a certified TUR Planner.  Check to see if you fulfill the prerequisites before applying.

Course Format

The Course is structured in a blended online/live classroom format. You will receive access to the Course website where you can listen to lectures, participate in monitored, asynchronous discussions, take online quizzes, and complete homework assignments on your own schedule and pace. The online portion of the Course typically demands 20 to 24 hours to complete and must be completed prior to the live classroom sessions that follow.  

Four live classroom sessions, featuring experienced TUR Planners sharing their best practices, follow the online portion of the Course. Students are 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. Course attendees can anticipate an additional 5 to 15 hours of small group work in addition to the scheduled classroom sessions. 

Cost and Credits

For Limited Practice Planners, the cost for taking the online only section of the $250.00 For all others, the cost for taking the online only portion of the Course is $500.00 

Already certified TUR Planners can earn 20 CE credits for taking the online portion of this Course as a refresher.

  • Taking the online portion only does not qualify you to take the certification exam.
  • If you have taken the TUR Planner Certification Course within the last 5 years, you are not eligible to take the online portion to receive CE credits.

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 in-person class 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 Training Manager Pam Eliason at [email protected] or 978-934-3142.

Becoming a Certiļ¬ed TUR Planner

This Course is a prerequisite for taking the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) examination to become a state-certified General Practice 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 Practice Planners must: (1) complete this Course with a passing grade; (2) document their education and experience; and (3) pass the DEP exam. Limited Practice TUR Planners might qualify without taking the exam, depending on their level of education and experience.  You are only eligible to be a Limited Practice TUR Planner if you will be planning for the facility that is your sole employer. 

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