Commercial fertilizer applicators in Florida must hold a Limited Urban Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certificate (LUCFAC). The good news is that there are many ways to get the training needed! The statewide Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) program offers options for in-person classes throughout the state, as well as online and DVD training alternatives. Depending on the training option you choose, the class may be offered in English or Spanish. Exams are offered in either English or Spanish as well.
For a good overview of the GI-BMP program, check out the “Green Industries Best Management Practices” blog by Hillsborough County Extension Agent, Susan Haddock.
What topics does the GI-BMP training cover?
The GI-BMP training encompasses the nine principles of Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM (FFL). FFL principles focus on protecting our water resources, through practices such as:
- Selecting the right plants for the site;
- Using cultural practices (mowing, pruning, mulching, etc.) to support a healthy landscape;
- Using integrated pest management to minimize pesticide application; and
Applying irrigation and fertilizer only as needed to support plant growth/health.
Participants also learn about local fertilizer ordinances and how their practices fit into the bigger picture of statewide water resource protection efforts.
Are there any upcoming GI-BMP trainings in the Treasure Coast?
Yes, we have you covered! GI-BMP in-person trainings will be offered on the following dates:
- April 6, 2022 – Spanish or English training options available – Jensen Beach, Martin County. Register at: https://gibmp2022aprilmc.eventbrite.com
- July 28, 2022 – Ft. Pierce, St. Lucie County. Contact Grantly Ricketts (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- October 5, 2022 – Spanish or English training options available – Jensen Beach, Martin County. Contact Yvette Goodiel (email@example.com).
What are the advantages of becoming certified?
Once licensed, landscapers can expand their services to offer fertilizer application on a for-hire basis. Additionally, obtaining the license or passing the certification class demonstrates you have knowledge of best practices for the green industry. A 2020 survey conducted by UF/IFAS Extension Martin County found that homeowners value licensed/certified landscape professionals. Marketing resources for Treasure Coast landscapers are currently offered at the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County office. Contact Yvette Goodiel, Extension Agent, at 772-419-6962 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.