The Maryland Department of Agriculture and University of Maryland Extension will offer certification exams for lawn care professionals who want to become certified to apply fertilizer to turf on Oct. 23, 2013, at the Wicomico County Extension Office in Salisbury and Dec. 11, 2013, at Carroll Community College in Westminster.

Optional training sessions are offered before the exam. Lawn care professionals hired to apply fertilizers to lawns are now required to be certified by MDA’s Nutrient Management Program or work under the direct supervision of an individual who is certified. The requirement is a major component of Maryland’s new Lawn Fertilizer Law. To register for MDA’s Professional Fertilizer Applicator Certification Exam, click here or call MDA at 410-841-5959.