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FNGLA CERTIFICATION – PART 2
FERTILIZATION & SITE EVALUATION
To pass, technicians must pass a written exam to show that he or she fully understands safety procedures associated with fertilization, including reading labels, material safety data sheets, and proper attire and PPE (personal protection equipment). The technician must use a fertilizer label to calculate pounds per 1,000 square inch, and be able to calibrate and apply fertilizer using a broadcast spreader. They must also demonstrate knowledge of fertilizer contamination and an understanding of the effect of stormwater runoff on the environment.
Did you know? FNGLA uses kitty litter to simulate fertilizer during testing.
To pass, the technician must complete a written form that records the placement of the right plant in the right place, note potential deficiencies with weeds, pests, and turf, and note potential issues with hardscapes in terms of water features, retaining walls, lighting, and pavers, and be able to recognize and remedy issues with bed lines, pruning, turf heights, and irrigation.
The test requires identifying at least 20 maintenance issues. And yes, good handwriting counts!
In future issues, we’ll be sharing more about FNGLA Professional Development Certifications designed to measure the skills of practicing landscapes. Certification relies heavily on Green Industries Best Management Practices.