Manatee County Fertilizer BMPs

The first step is to take, and pass, the Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) training.

After receiving a certificate of completion, you may apply to FDACS to receive a limited certification for urban landscape commercial fertilizer application. This certification expires after 4 years.

 To obtain this license, every worker that applies fertilizer must:

  • Receive training in the Green Industry-Best Management Practices (or equivalent).
  • Pass a test following the training.
  • Receive a certificate of completion from UF/IFAS and Florida Department of
    Environmental Protection (DEP).
  • Apply to FDACS to receive a "Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial
    Fertilizer Application"
  •  Other license requirements:
    • License is valid for four years.
    • 4 CEUs are required for renewal. Two of these CEUS must be from fertilizer BMP updates. Warning - application for renewal (including the CEUs) must be up in Tallahassee at least 90 days prior to expiration. Otherwise late charges of $50 per month will apply.
    • The Florida Statutes that apply to the BMPs are FS482.1562 and FS403.9338.

Green Industry Best Management Practices (GI-BMP)

Manatee Extension is now offering GI-BMP training classes. 
Check our calendar of events for the next available training.

The Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMPs) are designed to protect Florida's water resources from non-point-source pollution. These BMPs cover proper fertilization, pest control, irrigation, and cultural practices for landscape and pest control professionals. Knowledge of appropriate fertilizer rates, sources, and application methods can reduce potential non-point source pollution of Florida's ground and surface waters. Local fertilizer ordinances may require this same BMP training.