Professional Fertilizer Applicator ​Certification and Training 

Welcome to the Professional Fertilizer Applicator Certification and Training (ProFACT) website!

On January 5, 2011 the state of New Jersey enacted New Jersey Act P.L. 2010, c. 112 (C.58:10A-64), which establishes standards for fertilizer applications to turf, requires certification of professional fertilizer applicators, and regulates labeling and sale of specialty fertilizers for turf.

ProFACT provides online training and testing for professional fertilizer applicators seeking to become either certified or trained. The training and testing materials were developed by the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in consultation with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and other stakeholders.

Anyone interested in fertilizers used for turf is welcome to view the training material (no fee required). Simply click on the Table of Contents tab above to start viewing the training material. If you want to view the training material and receive credit for online certification training, please follow the instructions to the right under Quick Start Guide to Certification.​​​​

Quick Star​t Guide to Certification

  1. ​Read the instructions
  2. Register for an account​
  3. Login to record your progress (DONE)
  4. Read all the training material
  5. Take the test

Registered Applicators can view their progress and certification status on the status page.

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Have You Renewed for 2014?

Don't let your certification lapse.  After a lapse, you may be subject to new testing and coursework requirements. The annual renewal fee ($25) can paid via online credit card processing.  You can access the renewal process through your Status page.  After renewing, you can then print your 2014 certificate.

Information on Continuing Education Credits

A Certified Fertilizer Applicator must accumulate 8 credits over the 5 years or re-take the exam.
Online courses for recertification credit are currently being developed and will be offered via the internet. Courses will also be offered.  The ProFACT website has more detail on it's page: Recertification Credits

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