About us

Compost University (Compost U) is an online Learning Management System (LMS) which partners the US Composting Council (USCC) and the Compost Research and Education Foundation (CREF) in offering individuals and companies in the organics industry to achieve their continuing education objectives and aspirations as well as overcome challenges caused by limited time and ability to travel.

Compost manufacturers and their allies, whether in public, private or non-profit sectors, need to build skills to lead and manage their sites and facilities effectively, from feedstock collection through product manufacturing, sales and distribution. They require access to high quality, timely coursework on specific functions when and where they want it, on demand. Compost U is the only place that has a curated collection of informational and educational resources closely related to their specific functions and searchable by topic, at levels from introductory to advanced.

Combining industry-leading content from USCC and CREF training and education resources — such as conference talks, webinars, short classes and new longer advanced courses — this new platform offers hundreds of digital coursework covering a wide range of business, science, management, safety, and technical topics which can be taken anytime, anywhere.

The USCC’s professional credential programs boasts nearly 100 Certified Compost Operation Managers (CCOMs) and Certified Composting Professionals (CCPs). Each certified individual must participate in continuing education totaling 30 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) every three years. Compost U will be tied into the USCC’s database so that certificants’ PDHs will be automatically tracked through the certificants’ personal account.

Compost University is proudly sponsored by Vermeer Corporation, a global manufacturer of composting, industrial and agricultural equipment and longtime member of the US Composting Council (USCC). The new online learning management system, Compost U, is hosted on Freestone LMS by Community Brands, the current host of the USCC’s membership database and website.

About the U.S. Composting Council
The US Composting Council is a national organization dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the compost manufacturing industry. The USCC promotes best management practices, establishes standards, educates professionals and the public about the benefits of compost and compost utilization, enhances compost product quality, and develops training materials for compost manufacturers and markets for compost products. USCC members include compost manufacturers, marketers, equipment manufacturers, product suppliers, academic institutions, public agencies, nonprofit groups and consulting/engineering firms.
The USCC is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization and is affiliated with the Composting Research & Education Foundation (CREF), a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, which promotes public and private compost research and education activities.

About the Compost Research & Education Foundation
The Compost Research & Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports initiatives that enhance the stature and practices of the composting industry by supporting scientific research, increasing awareness, and educating practitioners and the public to advance environmentally and economically sustainable organics recycling.

Compost University
America’s only Composting Education and Certification Platform