What does the Code of Virginia require? We have placed relevant parts of the Code into a training unit. You may download a pdf file of that unit.
How do you train your persons to be trained applicators (not the same as a "certified fertilizer applicator")? Methods vary, but be very sure to include the following ten core areas in any training you provide:1. Proper nutrient management practices such as allowable rate of application for nutrients for various types of vegetation and determining quantity of product to apply based on nutrient analysis;
2.Timing of applicationduring appropriate seasons for various types of vegetation and restrictions on intervals for reapplication;
3. Soil analysis techniques and interpretation of soil analysis results such as proper frequency and depth of sampling and determining appropriate rates of application based on soil analyses;
4. Equipment calibration techniques and procedures for liquid and dry fertilizer applicators and determination of size of application areas;
5. Understanding and interpreting fertilizer labels;
6. Proper handling and appropriate notification procedures of accidents and incidents;
7. Proper methods of storing, mixing, loading, transporting, handling, applying, and disposing of fertilizer;
8. Managing applications near impervious surfaces such as streets, driveways, sidewalks, or paved ditches, as well as near water bodies to avoid off-target applications;
9. Safety and health, including proper use of personalprotective equipment; and
10. Recordkeeping and reporting requirements of this regulation.