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Certified Fertilizer Applicator

Certified Fertilizer Applicator (CFA) Training
2 VAC 5-405, Regulations for the Application of Fertilizer to Nonagricultural Lands require training for all licensees and contractor-applicators, state agencies, localities, or other governmental entities engaged in the commercial application of fertilizers to nonagricultural lands.

Anyone desiring certification as a Certified Fertilizer Applicator (CFA) must successfully complete approved training and submit an online application to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).  The application must include proof of satisfactory completion of the approved training.

Click here for the current list of Certified Fertilizer Applicators 

Approved courses of training

Currently, the approved courses of CFA training include:

Other approved courses of training are offered by different entities.  Please contact those entities directly for additional information.

Individuals who have previously completed training that meets the general knowledge requirements for certified fertilizer applicators, may petition VDACS to recognize their training.

Background
The 2008 Virginia General Assembly approved legislation that required the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in consultation with a technical advisory committee of stakeholders, to adopt regulations prescribing training and application requirements for individuals who apply fertilizer on nonagricultural lands. 

Members of the technical advisory committee who assisted in the drafting of regulations included representatives from the organizations indicated below.   Staff from the Department of Conservation and Recreation served in an advisory capacity.

The resulting regulations, 2 VAC 5-405, Regulations for the Application of Fertilizer to Nonagricultural Lands, were promulgated in 2011 but subsequent amendments to the fertilizer statute by the General Assembly necessitated further changes to the regulations.  The amendments clarified that the regulations also apply to government employees, and prescribed certain reporting requirements for any person subject to the regulations. 

The final amended regulations were published in The Virginia Register of Regulations on January 2, 2012 and became effective on February 1, 2012.  Any person subject to regulations must be in compliance within 12 months of the effective date, or by February 1, 2013.

Applicability
The regulations require that all licensees and contractor-applicators engaged in the commercial application of fertilizers to nonagricultural lands, and all state agencies, localities, or other governmental entities that apply fertilizer to nonagricultural lands shall:

Anyone desiring certification as a CFA must successfully complete approved training and submit an online application to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).  The application must include proof of satisfactory completion of the approved training.

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To submit your online application click here.

The CFA certification is valid for four years from the date of issuance.  Certified fertilizer applicators shall complete a minimum of two hours of course work every two years.

Trained Applicators
Individual applicator training for Trained Applicators can be conducted by a CFA. 

In addition, individual applicator training is currently being developed by Virginia Tech and is expected to be available soon. We will provide a link to this training once it is available.

All licensees and contractor-applicators engaged in the commercial application of fertilizers to lawn and turf that require management and periodic mowing, and all state agencies, localities, or other governmental entities that apply fertilizer to lawn and turf that require management and periodic mowing shall maintain training records for the Trained Applicators they employ.

Exemptions
The following individuals are exempt from certification under this regulation:

Contact
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact VDACS Agricultural Commodities Program at 804.786.3514.

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