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Online VA CFA and Trained Technician Recertification open until 6/30

This is an on-demand VA Certified Fertilier Applicator and Trained Technician Recertification course hosted on eXtension campus. There is no set time for this course to be complete. The course will remain open until we host another live webinar, typically in June.

The basics of soils, soil chemistry, soil morphology of VA, fertility sources and rates, as well as PPE, SDS, handling, transporting and storing fertilizers will be detailed.

You are then responsible for submitting the certification to VDACS.  Instructions for submission are included in this course.

To sign up go to:

Sign in with your user eXtension name and password. After signing in you will be redirected to the CFAR page, at the bottom of the page click the ENROLL ME button. You are now enrolled in the course.

You will receive a confirmation email from  

If you do not have an eXtension account or are having issues here are more instructions.

You need to complete 2 Modules and take the survey to receive your Certificate of Completion. Modules do not need to be completed at one time. They are at your own pace. After you have registered, you may return and login as needed to

complete the course.

To complete a module you must watch both videos then take the quiz. You have 3 tries for each quiz and you must answer 7 out of 10 correctly to receive credit. The powerpoint slides are also included in the module you may use them to take the quiz but viewing them is not a requirement for course completion.

It is your responsibility to upload the certificate to the VDACS system to receive CEU credits. Instructions for this can be found in the last section of the course.

Certified Fertilizer Applicator Recertification is a cooperative effort of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and supported by the Virginia Turfgrass Council (VTC).

Course Completion Checklist

- Watch the videos (4)

-Take the Quiz for each module (2) (Can be taken up to 3 times, must score 7 out of 10 to pass)

-Take the Survey

-Download Certificate

-Submit Certificate to VDACS

Course instructors are Dr. Mike Goatley, Virginia Tech Turfgrass Extension Specialist and Dr. John Galbraith, Virginia Tech Soil Science Associate Professor.

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