Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the certification?: The agriculture fertilizer certification period is June 1 to May 30 and is valid for three years. Two hours of recertification training will be required every three years to keep the certification. Applicators who currently have a pesticide license will have their fertilizer recertification calibrate to their existing pesticide recertification cycle.
Who is exempt from the training requirement?: Applicators who are a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) or Ohio Certified Livestock Manager are not required to attend training to become certified for fertilizer applications.
When is the deadline for certification?: The certification must be obtained by September 30, 2017.
What training is required for certification?: Farmers and applicators need to attend a training course offered by Ohio State University Extension to become certified. Those who have a pesticide applicator license need to attend a two-hour fertilizer certification for private applicators or for commercial applicators. If an applicator does not have a pesticide license, they will be required to attend a three-hour fertilizer certification.
How much does it cost to become certified?: The agricultural fertilizer certification is $30 for a three year certification. If an applicator already has a valid pesticide license, the $30 fertilizer certification fee will be waived.
Do I need to keep records of fertilizer applications: Yes, Click here!