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 - Middlesex

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


1 Continuing Ed Credit - Sussex County

August 16, 2018
Fall Lawn Do's and Don'ts
6 - 7 pm
Tomco
710 Rt 15 North
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

1 Continuing Ed Credit - Bergen County

August 23, 2018
Fall Lawn Do's and Don'ts
6 - 7 pm
Stone Brook Garden Center
451 Market St.
Saddle River, NJ 07663

2 Continuing Ed Credits - Burlington County

October 25, 2018
2018 NJNLA Landscape Conference
9:00am - 4:00pm
Rutgers EcoComplex
1200 Florence Columbus Rd.
Bordentown, NJ 08505

2 Continuing Ed Credits - Middlesex County

October 26, 2018
Pesticide Calibration
9:00am - 1:00pm
Extension Conference Center
18 Ag Extension Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


8 Continuing Ed Credits - Somerset County

December 12, 2018
NJ Fertilizer Recertification Program
8:00am - 1pm
Rutgers Continuing Education at The Atrium - Oak North 114
300 Atrium Drive
Somerset, NJ 08873

1 Continuing Ed Credit - Middlesex County

December 19, 2018
Basics of Turfgrass Management
9:00am - 3:30pm
Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center
20 Indyk-Engel Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08902

3 Continuing Ed Credits - Somerset County

February 12-13, 2019
Athletic Field Maintenance and Construction
8:30am - 4pm
Rutgers Continuing Education at The Atrium - Sequoia - Room 120
300 Atrium Drive
Somerset, NJ 08873

3 Continuing Ed Credits - Middlesex County

February 25, 2019

Organic Turfgrass Management
8:30am - 3:15pm
Extension Conference Center
18 Ag Extension Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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.


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