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 - December 10 & 11

NJ Green Expo

Paper Exam Session - December 11

NJ Green Expo

Borgata Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City, NJ
2:30pm - 4:00 pm

Continuing Education - December 17, 8pm

United Association of Gardeners
Environmental Concerns Regarding Fertilizer and Water
– 2 CEC Credits -
Knights of Columbus
299 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ
Call 973-459-1369 or email

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.  
Log on the ProFACT website and then go to the Status Page.

Have You Renewed for 2014?

Don't let your certification lapse.  After a lapse, you may be subject to new testing and coursework requirements. The annual renewal fee ($25) can paid via online credit card processing.  You can access the renewal process through your Status page.  After renewing, you can then print your 2014 certificate.

Blackout Dates for Fertilizer Application

Blackout dates for certified or trained fertilizer applicators are December 2nd 2014 through February 28th, 2015.

Blackout dates for nitrogen or phosphorus fertilization of turf by home owners begins November 16th and continues through February 28th, 2015.

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