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Will reading the training manuals benefit me?

Will the training manuals benefit me dramatically for taking the certification exams or are they just information for use after the test?

The pesticide applicator training manuals are designed specifically to prepare Virginia applicators to pass the certification exams for Virginia. They are the official study guides from which the exam questions are developed. The manuals are also valuable as a reference for use after the exams are completed. Applicators are encouraged to read the manuals thoroughly prior to taking exams. The exam failure rate is significantly higher for applicators who do not prepare properly using the manuals. Experience and background are helpful in passing the exams, but no amount of experience can substitute for proper preparation using the training manuals.

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Fertilizer Certification

Online Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training


Virginia Cooperative Extension offers a free online training and testing program (Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training, FACT)

Upon successful completion of this online training program, users meet the requirements of becoming a Virginia Certified Fertilizer Applicator as administered through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). The link to the FACT website is and complete instructions on how to access the system, enroll in the training, complete the training and testing, and contact information for any questions are provided.

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