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

3 Continuing Ed Credits - Middlesex County

January 19, 2017
Organic Turfgrass Management
8:30am - 3:15pm
Former Agriculture Museum of NJ
103 College Farm Rd.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

7 Continuing Ed Credits - Monmouth County

Organic Land Care Certificate Course
January 23, 24, 30, 31, 2017
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County
Freehold, NJ

3 Continuing Ed Credits - Middlesex County

February 14 and 15, 2017

Athletic Field Maintenance & Construction
8am - 4 pm
Cook Student Center
59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901


2 Continuing Ed Credits - Middlesex County

February 24, 2017

Natural & Integrated Pest Mgmt Strategies for Sports Turf

2 credits
8am - 12:30 pm
Former Agriculture Museum of New Jersey
103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901


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.

Sign In