Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the certification? Do you currently hold a pesticide license? If not, the agricultural fertilizer certification period is April 1 to March 31 of the third year following issuance of the certificate. If you do currently hold a private or commercial pesticide license, your fertilizer certification period will coincide with your pesticide license certification period. One hour of recertification training will be required every three years to maintain certification.
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. You will however, need to contact ODA for a CCA/CLM Fertilizer Certification Form.
What training is required for certification?: Farmers and applicators need to attend a three-hour fertilizer certification training course offered by Ohio State University Extension to become certified or must pass the fertilizer exam offered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
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!