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 - February 24

 NJ Landscape Contractors Association IPM Environmental All Stars

- 2 CEC Credits –
Meadowlands Exposition Center
Secaucus, NJ

Continuing Education & Paper Exam - February 25

ProFACT Training and Exam
- 3 CEC Credits –
Meadowlands Exposition Center
Secaucus, NJ


Continuing Education - March 5

Central Jersey Turf & Ornamental Institute

Battleground Country Club
Millhurst Rd.
Manalapan, NJ
Proper Calibration of Spray & Fertilizer Equipment - 2 credits
Protecting your Watershed -2 credits

Continuing Education - March 10 & 11

NJ Plants Trade Show
Nutrient Management in Turf - 1 CEC
Environmental Concerns Regarding Fertilizer & Water - 1 CEC
Soil Improvement & Nutrient Management Law - 1 CEC
NJ Convention Center
Edison, NJ
Pre-registration is encouraged.

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.

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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