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

5 Continuing Ed Credits - Middlesex County

January 28-29, 2020
Total Pro Expo
8:30am - 4:00pm
NJ Convention Center 
97 Sunfield Ave.
Edison, NJ

11 Continuing Ed Credits - Somerset County

February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020 
Introduction to Organic Landcare:  Certificate Course
8:00am - 5:00pm
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County 
310 Milltown Rd.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

2 Continuing Ed Credits - Middlesex County

February 18, 2020
Natural & Integrated Pest Mgmt Strategies for Sports Turf
8:00am - 12:30pm
Extension Conference Center 
18 Ag Extension Way
New Brunswick, NJ

5 Continuing Ed Credits - Monmouth County

March 2, 2020
Turf - Control of Weeds, Insects & Diseases
8am - 3:30pm
Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply 
100 Park Road Suite #2
Tinton Falls,  NJ 07724

2 Continuing Ed Credits - Monmouth County

March 11, 2020
Central Jersey Turf & Ornamental Institute
8::30am - 3:30pm
Battleground Country Club
Millhurst Rd. 
Manalapan, NJ 

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.

1 Online Continuing Education Credit 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.  
Log on the ProFACT website and then go to the Status Page.