Winter (Snow and Ice Control) Training

Classes Offered

In partnership with Fortin Consulting, the MWMO offers three different winter maintenance training courses focused on best practices for managing snow and ice with reduced environmental impact:

  • Winter Maintenance for Parking Lots and Sidewalks
  • Winter Maintenance for Roads
  • MPCA Smart Salting Level 2: Using the Winter Maintenance Assessment Tool
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Training Topics

  • Salt and deicer application rates
  • Storing materials
  • Equipment calibration
  • Weather conditions
  • Deicing and anti-icing
  • Environmental effects
  • New maintenance methods

Who Should Attend

  • Private contractors and service providers
  • Public works staff
  • Property managers
  • Distributors
  • Snowplow drivers
  • Crew leaders
  • Supervisors
  • Permanent and seasonal employees


Voluntary certification is available from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

List of current certificate holders (Excel File)


Free. Trainings are paid for by the Clean Water Act, Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Fund and the MWMO.

Lunch will be provided.

Contact or 612-465-8780


Online Videos

Winter Maintenance for Small Sites — 19 mins. For seasonal employees, business owners, front desk staff to safely control snow and ice on steps, ramps, entryways and curbcuts while reducing the amount of salt entering our rivers and lakes.

Improved Winter Maintenance: Good Choices for Clean Water — 15 mins. For residents and homeowners. Choose and use tools and deicers to keep driveways and sidewalks safe this winter while preventing harm to our rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater.


Winter Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance Manual — Used as a reference document at the training sessions.

Application Rates, Melt Times and Melt Temperatures. — Formatted as a decal to place on a clipboard that is kept in vehicles during storm event.