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

Continuing Education Credit Opportunity

SFMANJ Annual Spring
The NJ Fertilizer Law: What You Need to Know - 1 credit
April 22, 2014
South Delsea Park, 152 South Delsea Dr., Glassboro, NJ
Click here to Pre-register

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

Black out dates for certified or trained fertilizer applicators are December 2nd 2013 -February 28th 2014.

The “black out” dates for nitrogen or phosphorus fertilization of turf by home owners begins November 16th and continues through February 28th 2014.

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