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.

Breaking News

NJ Green Expo - December 10

ProFACT Training - Spanish Only
ProFACT Exam  Spanish & English
2:30pm- 4:00pm

Borgata Hotel - Atlantic City



8 Continuing Ed Credits - December 14

New Jersey Fertilizer Recertification Program

8:00am - 12:00pm (Check-in time: 7:30am)

Cook Student Center
59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

1 Continuing Ed Credit - December 17

Landscape Integrated Pest Management (IPM) 

December 17, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm (Check-in time 8:30am)
Rutgers University
NJAES – Office of Continuing Professional Education
Extension Conference Center
18 Ag Extension Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

1 Continuing Ed Credit - December 21

Basics of Turfgrass Management 
December 21, 2015 9:00am - 3:30pm (Check in time: 8:30am)
Rutgers University
Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center
20 Indyk-Engel Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08902

3 Continuing Ed Credits - Jan/Feb 2016

Insect, Disease and Weed Control In Turf
January 25th, 2016  (Monday)  7:45 AM
Randolph Diner 517 New Jersey 10 Randolph, NJ
February 11th, 2016 (Thursday) 9:50 AM 
(Country Inn Suites Millville) 1125 Village Drive Millville, NJ

Training & Exam in Spanish - February 18

(Training & Exam in English also available)
Cooperative Extension of Ocean County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
1623 Whitesville Rd .Toms River, NJ 08755-1199
1:00 - 4:30 pm
Registration: 848-932-6373

3 Continuing Ed Credits - March 2016

​Insect, Disease and Weed Control Methods in Turf

March 9th, 2016 (Wednesday) 7:45 AM
(Toms River Elks) 600 Washington Street Toms River, NJ
March 15th, 2016 (Tuesday) 7:50 AM
(Paramus VFW) 6 Winslow Place Paramus, NJ  

Blackout Dates for Fertilizer Application

Blackout dates for certified or trained fertilizer applicators are December 2nd through February 28th.

Blackout dates for nitrogen or phosphorus fertilization of turf by home owners begins November 16th and continues through February 28th.

Online Continuing Education Credit Now Available!

The module is made up of 4 short sections with no more than 4 questions each.   This should take no longer than ½ hour of your time.  
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