Fertilizer License Required by 2014: Training Available in English and Spanish

Currently, there is no license requirement for the application of fertilizers in the landscape.    Beginning on January 1, 2014, all commercial fertilizer applicators will be required to hold a Limited Certification for Urban Fertilizer Applicators, issued by the State of Florida’s Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control.  The prerequisite of this license is the successful completion of the Green Industry Best Management Practices, or GI-BMP program.  

GI-BMPs teach safe landscaping practices that protect the environment, including our ground and surface waters.  The University of Florida IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping™  program presents GI-BMP programs throughout the state.  

The GI-BMP program will be offered by Palm Beach County on the following dates:

2011

  • June 17 (in Spanish), West Palm Beach
  • September 14, West Palm Beach
  • October 14 (in Spanish), West Palm Beach

 2012

  • January 24, Boca Raton
  • March 22, West Palm Beach
  • May 15, West Palm Beach
  • September 13, West Palm Beach
  • October 23, Boca Raton
  • November 8, West Palm Beach

Corporate, governmental, environmental, and other personnel should attend the GI-BMP program, which was developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and is endorsed by the pest control industry.  

To attend classes, individuals can now register online or via mail.  GI-BMP training is also available online.  More information is  available on the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ website. 

In Palm Beach County, your GI-BMP team is:

  • Caesar Asuaje, Spanish Language Multi-County Extension Agent email
  • Frank Dowdle, Agricultural Safety Extension Agent email
  • Laura Sanagorski, Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent email
  • Bill Schall, Commercial Horticulture Extension Agent email
  • other knowledgeable individuals from the industry
Call 561.233.1725 with any questions you may have.  
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