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​  (does not work with Internet Explorer)
  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

Training & Exam (English/Spanish) - Middlesex County

October 7, 2020 
ProFACT Training (3 CEC Credits) & Exam
Rutgers Turfgrass Field Day
Horticultural Farm II 
102 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08902



Did you take the exam in 2015? This is the final year to accumulate 8 credits

You have the option to either obtain 8 continuing education credits by the end of the 5 year cycle or take the exam to be re-certified for the next 5 year cycle.


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.

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