You are required to have a Nutrient Application Technician Licence if you are applying nutrients to an agricultural operation that requires a Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) or a NASM Plan, which you do not own, operate or work for as an employee.
Under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002, s. 2, a nutrient means:
Technicians are the operators of the equipment land applying nutrients. Technicians must land apply according to the Nutrient Management Plan or NASM Plan.
A Nutrient Application Technician Licence is not required by a landscaping company to spread granular fertilizer on lawns in residential settings.
Licences are valid for 5 years from date of issue.
You are required to successfully pass the Nutrient Application Technician Licence exam. A passing grade is 75% or greater.
This exam covers materials taught in the course as well as the skills and knowledge outlined in the Nutrient Application Technician Licence Core Competencies.
You will have three opportunities to complete the exam successfully. If you fail the second time you write the exam, you must wait three months before you write again, to allow time for you to improve your knowledge of the subject matter.
Note: the Technician Licence exam is offered at the end of the scheduled classroom course
Note: if you take the course online, you must register for the exam at the next provincial exam date nearest you
After you fulfill the requirements, mail or e-mail a completed application to the address indicated on the form. You must submit your application within one year of successful completion of the exam. If you fail to do so, you must retake the exam. If you are taking the exam to renew your valid licence, you must submit your application prior to the licence expiry date.