Nutrient Application Technician Licence

Nutrient Application Technician Licence

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:

  • fertilizers
  • organic material
  • compost
  • manure
  • sewage biosolids
  • pulp and paper biosolids, and
  • other material applied to land for the purpose of improving the growing of agricultural crops or for the purpose of a prescribed use.

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.

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Licences are valid for 5 years from date of issue.

Requirements for Licence:

1.  Take the Required Course

Nutrient Application Technician Licence Course

2.  Pass an Exam

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.

Exam Schedule

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

3.  Apply for Licence

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.

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Reviewed 09/22/2023


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