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

4 Continuing Ed Credits - Ocean County

October 17, 2017
Turf- Standard & Alternative Insect, Disease & Weed Control Methods
7:50am - 3:15pm
Toms River Elks
600 Washington St.
Toms River, NJ

4 Credits - Monmouth County

October 26, 2017

Fertilizer Calibration, Environmental Concerns Regarding Fertilizer & Water
Cream Ridge Country Club
181 County Road
539 Cream Ridge, NJ 08514



4 Credits - Cumberland County

​November 1, 2017

Protecting Water Quality with Good Turf Fertilizer Practices
9:00am – 11:00 am
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County
291 Morton Ave.
Millville, NJ
Register:  Tammy Commander  856-451-2800 ext. 1


2 Credits - Bergen County

November 3, 2017
IPM for Turf

10:30am - 12:30pm
1 Bergen County Plaza, Learning Center on the 4th floor
Hackensack, NJ
Register:, 848-932-6373​

4 Continuing Ed Credits - Gloucester County

November 9, 2017
Protecting Water Quality with Good Turf Fertilizer Practices
10:00am – 12:00 pm
Peach Country Tractor
1463 N. Tuckahoe Rd.
Williamstown, NJ
Register:,   856-589-3953 Ext 1

Credits & Exam - Atlantic County

December 7, 2017
NJ Green Expo
Training 1:00 pm - 2:30pm (3 credits)
Optional Exam 2:30 - 4:00pm
Borgata Hotel
One Borgata Way
Atlantic City, NJ


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


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.

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.

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.