Upcoming Smart Salting Trainings – Jan/Feb 2022

There are several Smart Salting Training classes coming up this month and next month. Attend a Smart Salting Training and earn a certification by learning how to maintain safety while reducing infrastructure damage, saving money, and minimizing impact to the environment by reducing salt use. Keep reading for the dates and registration links!

If you are an MS4 permittee, these trainings can apply to your MS4 permit. The 2020 MS4 General Permit includes new requirements aimed at reducing chloride pollution. One way to meet the new requirements is to have your winter maintenance staff, or those you contract for winter maintenance, attend an appropriate MPCA Smart Salting Certification training class. The trainings touch on the new requirements and offers practical and technical information for better application and maintenance practices, salt storage, policy examples, and resources for community outreach.

Visit the MPCA Smart Salting Training website for the training calendar and list of certificate holders. Don’t see a class on the calendar that works for you or have questions about the trainings? Contact the MPCA at smartsalting.pca@state.mn.us.

Watch the MPCA Smart Salting Training for Winter Maintenance Professionals video to hear from maintenance pros that are now using less salt and still offering a high level of service!

Smart Salting for Roads

What: Smart Salting for Roads shows you the essentials of winter maintenance for roads by teaching the technical aspects of calibration, application rates, proactive alternatives to deicing, and using weather conditions to more accurately plan and apply.


  • City, county, or state plow drivers
  • Private winter maintenance contractors and staff
  • Those who hire out or supervise winter maintenance professionals

When: 8:00 am to 1:30 pm on the following dates:

Smart Salting for Parking Lots & Sidewalks

What: Learn more efficient winter maintenance practices for parking lots and sidewalks.


  • Hands-on public or private winter maintenance staff (e.g. staff at parks, hospitals, or colleges)
  • Those who hire or supervise winter maintenance
  • Private contractors
  • Those who may influence others or are interested in making a difference at work

When: 8:00 am to 1:30 pm on the following dates:

Smart Salting for Property Management

What: Learn how to reduce costly indoor and outdoor infrastructure damage to your properties caused by salt use, know if your maintenance crew is using sustainable practices, discuss liability/regulation issues, resources for managing customer expectations, etc.


  • Management-level property managers
  • Business owners/private contractors
  • Environmental professionals
  • MS4 permit staff
  • Public works directors
  • Local government decision-makers
  • Public and private property owners and managers
  • Those who hire or supervise winter maintenance staff

When: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 9th (registration link)

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