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

2 Continuing Ed Credits - Essex County

December 13, 2017
Overview of NJ Fertilizer Regulations
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Knights of Columbus
299 Eisenhower Parkway
Livingston, NJ
To Register:   unitedgardeners@gmail. com or call Vito Dente at 973-818-5454

8 Continuing Ed Credits - Middlesex County

December 14, 2017
NJ Fertilizer Recertification Program
8:00am - 1:00pm
Cook Student Center
59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901


1 Continuing Ed Credit - Middlesex County

December 19, 2017
Basics of Turf Management
8:30am - 3:30pm
Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center
20 Indyk-Engel Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08902


2 Continuing Ed Credits - Morris County

January 8, 2018
North Jersey Ornamental Horticultural Symposium
8:30am - 3:30pm
County College of Morris
Dragonetti Auditorium
Randolph, NJ


4 Continuing Ed Credits - PA

January 16, 2018
Synatek Winter Seminar
7:30am - 3:30pm
Shady Maple Smorgasbord
129 Toddy Drive
East Earl, PA 17519

3 Continuing Ed Credits - Middlesex County

January 23, 2018
Organic Turfgrass Management
8:00am - 3:15pm
Rutgers Cook Student Center
59 Biel Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


7 Continuing Ed Credits - Monmouth County

February 5, 6, 12, 13, 2018
Organic Land Care
8:00am - 5:00pm
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County
4000 Kozloski Rd.
Freehold, NJ 07728


3 Continuing Ed Credits - Middlesex County

February 12-13, 2018
Athletic Field Maintenance & Construction
8:00am - 4:00pm
Rutgers Cook Student Center
59 Biel Rd.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

2 Continuing Ed Credits - Middlesex County

February 20, 2018
Natural and IPM Strategies for Sports Turf
7:30am - 12:30pm
State Operator Training Center
19 Ag Extension Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Did you take the exam in 2012? This is the final year to get 8 credits

As you know, 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.