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

ProFACT Training and Exam In English & Spanish

July 31, 2018
Rutgers Turfgrass Research Field Day
2pm - 5pm
Horticultural Farm II
Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ

2 Continuing Education Credits - Middlesex County

July 31, 2018
Rutgers Golf & Fine Turfgrass Research Field Day
7:30am - 2pm
Horticultural Farm II
Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ

3 Continuing Ed Credits - Monmouth County

August 1, 2018
Rutgers Lawn, Landscape & Sports Field Day
7:30am - 2pm
Adelphia Farm
594 Halls Mills Rd.
Freehold, NJ

4 Continuing Ed Credits - Middlesex

August 15, 2018
2018 Summer Plant Symposium
8:30am - 5pm
Cook Student Center - Rutgers
59 Biel Rd.
New Brunswick, NJ

Did you take the exam in 2013? 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.

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.