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Open Burning Online Training Program

The purpose of the State's Open Burning Training Program is to assist municipalities in meeting the certification requirements for an Open Burning Official and in the administration of an Open Burning Program at the local level. Per Connecticut General Statutes Section 22a-174(f), the Chief Executive Officer of each municipality is responsible for nominating all local Open Burning Officials.

The Training Program covers a broad range of legal, administrative and program specific topics relevant to regulating the control of open burning at the State and local levels. To become certified, nominated individuals are required to complete all of the State's online Open Burning training modules and then, take and pass an online exam. All nominated individuals must be certified by the Commissioner of CT DEEP or his/her duly authorized representative.

Training Program Instructions

The training modules are presented as PowerPoint presentations with narration. Modules are self-paced and individuals can access them at their convenience. The modules are available through the links in the table below, while printable versions of the modules and audio scripts are available in the attachments section. The required online certification exam is available at the bottom of the table below.

Open Burning Official Certification

Individuals nominated by the chief executive officer to become a certified Open Burning Official must request a nomination affidavit from the Department at the following email address: Once the online training and exam have been completed, the completed and notarized affidavit must be mailed to: Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Management, Field Enforcement Division, 79 Elm St, Hartford, CT 06106 in order for your application to be processed. Please note your score and the date in which you took the exam on the bottom of the affidavit. Once your application has been processed, we will email your certification and follow up with a hard copy letter and ID card.

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Training Modules

Module 1: Introduction and Overview of the State's Open Burning Laws (Time: 41:16)

Module covers relevant Connecticut General Statutes and Regulations concerning open burning; and includes a discussion on the importance of having locally enacted Open Burning Ordinances.


Module 2: The Open Burning Official (Time: 50:38)

Module covers the process by which an individual is nominated, trained, and certified as a local Open Burning Official, and outlines his/her related duties and responsibilities.


Module 3: Open Burning of Brush on Residential Property (Time: 1:00:12)

Module covers the process by which the local Open Burning Official evaluates permit applications. Presents a model application/permit, and outlines the responsibilities of the permit holder.


Module 4: Other Purposes for which Open Burning may be Authorized (Time: 1:39:37)

Module covers the remaining types of open burning activities that can be permitted by a local Open Burning Official authorized under Connecticut General Statutes Section 22a-174(f).


Module 5: Open Burning of Brush at Municipal Landfills, Municipal Transfer Stations and Municipal Recycling Centers (Time: 38:47)

Module covers the process by which a municipality may apply for a permit authorized by CT DEEP for the burning of brush at municipal landfills, municipal transfer stations, and municipal recycling centers.


Module 6: Enforcement of Open Burning Laws (Time: 57:32)

Module covers the process by which open burning violations are enforced at the State and local levels.


Online Certification Exam

Exam consists of twenty questions which include both multiple choice and true or false questions. A passing score is 90% or better. The exam should not be started until you have completed all six training modules above.

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Content Last Updated on: March 3, 2020