Does Organic fertilizing require licensing and certification?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by 2ndGen.OwnerInProgress, May 5, 2009.

  1. 2ndGen.OwnerInProgress

    2ndGen.OwnerInProgress LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Does Organic fertilizing require licensing and certification like that of Chemical fertilizing?
     
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,115

    There are several professionals that frequent his forum from PA, I'm sure someone will chime in soon. If you are for hire, my assumption is that PA requires a business license. If you apply pesticides I do believe you have to be licensed, but fertilizers ??? I don't think so, synthetic or organic
     
  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    Check with your local extension service. Get it from the horses mouth, not some yahoo on a public forum (no offense Bill). Ignore every other post on this subject.
     
  4. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,115

    It looks like you do
    The Nutrient Management Certification Program certifies specialists to prepare and/or review nutrient management plans to determine compliance with the requirements of Act 6. Requirements for certification and program criteria are explained in detail in the Nutrient Management Certification Program regulations found in PA Code Title 7, Chapter 130b. The following information summarizes program requirements.

    Nutrient Management (NM) Specialist Categories
    Commercial- a person who develops nutrient management plans for another.
    Public - a public employee who reviews nutrient management plans, or recommends approval to a conservation district or the State Conservation Commission.
    Individual - a person who develops a nutrient management plan for his or her own agricultural operation.

    Certification Requirements
    All applicants must attend precertification training, scheduled by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) and pass an examination administered by the PDA or its designee.
    A Commercial Specialist, in addition to successfully completing precertification training and examination, must prepare three (3) plans which comply with Act 38 requirements. These plans should demonstrate competency in developing plans of a diversified nature.
    A Public Specialist, in addition to successfully completing precertification training and examination, must prepare one (1) plan and review two (2) nutrient management plans in compliance with Act 38 requirements. These plans should demonstrate your competency in developing plans of a diversified nature.
    An Individual Specialist qualifies for certification after attending precertification training and passing the examination.

    Nutrient Management Certification Application
    http://panutrientmgmt.cas.psu.edu/appForm.htm

    The information came from here http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/agriculture/cwp/view.asp?a=3&q=128257
     
  5. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,372

    get the licenses and then you won't have to worry about it anymore... I know my licenses were a breeze and didn't cost much...
     
  6. 2ndGen.OwnerInProgress

    2ndGen.OwnerInProgress LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Great info Bill, this answered my question and more. Will now need to see when and where courses are offered. Thanks for the help, all.
     
  7. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,115

    No Problem, I woukl think with the certiifcation in hand you should be worth more money and it will distinguish your self from others

    In other words....Mo Money, Mo Money, Mo Money
     
  8. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,643

    You need a license in PA if someone is paying you to apply materials. You need to pass a Core and Category 7 test to get the ball rolling. The tests are offered at different times at your local county extension office. The core test is closed book and more common sense, and the Cat 7 test is open book. Look here for more info:

    http://www.pested.psu.edu/applicators/#Certification and Exam Information

    It looks like they offer pre-certification courses now.....IMO, the tests aren't difficult.
     
  9. 2ndGen.OwnerInProgress

    2ndGen.OwnerInProgress LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    This is EXACTLY the link I needed! Very greatful for your help! On my way to become cert. for NM programs.
     
  10. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,115

    I knew the PA folks would step in, thanks natty
     

Share This Page