Digester Operator Certification

The American Biogas Council’s (ABC’s) Digester Operator Certification elevates the knowledge of anaerobic digester operators to optimize digester performance and avoid costly operational mistakes. To complete Operator Certification, operators must complete three parts:

    18-Part Training Course

    To complete the training for ABC Operator Certification, operators must complete ABC Operator School.  The full course includes 18 subjects critical to successful digester operation: fundamentals of anaerobic digestion, 4 steps of digestion, vocabulary, AD tests and reactor types, applying the fundamentals to operations, understanding and predicting upsets, math for digesters, mechanical systems, performing daily site checks, preventative maintenance plans, hydraulics (pumps, mixers, etc.), lab testing-what does it all mean?, odor management/prevention, safety, gas utilization, H2S removal, RNG production, and engines.  To register for the next course and find out more, visit: https://americanbiogascouncil.org/operator-training/

    Proof of Operations Experience

    To be eligible for ABC Operator Certification, operators must show proof of 2,000 hours (about 1-year) of experience in an operations role for one or more anaerobic digesters. Allowable documentation showing proof of experience includes: a letter/email from a digester owner or supervisor in charge of digester operations and timesheets.  To check if other documentation is allowable, please email [email protected].

    Operator’s Exam

    ABC’s Operators Exam has 3-parts and is administered after the above requirements have been met.  The exam tests operators on critical knowledge needed to operator a digester safely and productively. The best study materials for the exam are those distributed during Operator School. The three parts of the exam include:

    1. Safety (20 multiple choice questions)
    2. Digester Operations (45 multiple choice questions)
    3. Math (12 open questions)

    Ready to get certified? Email [email protected] today.