Certification and Education


Delaware Nutrient Management Credits & Expiration (as of 04/19/17)

There are four levels of Nutrient Management Certification. Their description and minimum requirements for initial certification is below:

  1. Nutrient Generator - A person who operates a facility in the State of Delaware that produces organic or inorganic nutrients. You must complete at least Session 1 and Session 2 during Delaware Nutrient Management Certification Sessions.
  2. Private Nutrient Handler – A person who applies organic or inorganic nutrients to land he or she owns, leases, or otherwise controls in the State of Delaware. You must complete at least Session 1, Session 2, and Session 3 during Delaware Nutrient Management Certification Sessions.
  3. Commercial Nutrient Handler – A person who applies organic or inorganic nutrients to land for a fee as part of a commercial or agricultural business in the State of Delaware. You must complete Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, and Session 4 during Delaware Nutrient Management Certification Sessions. You must also pass a written exam approved by the commission and remit a fee of $150 for a three year period.
  4. Nutrient Consultant – A person who advises or consults the formulation, application or scheduling of organic or inorganic nutrients as part of a Delaware Nutrient Management Plan. You must complete Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, and Session 4 during Delaware Nutrient Management Certification Sessions. You must also pass a written exam approved by the commission and remit a fee of $100 for a one year period.

The Nutrient Management Program has adopted a policy of accepting certification from other states and certification programs (i.e. CCA). Contact the Commission for a detailed listing of approved certification programs. A seminar covering the Delaware Law is still a requirement.

Continuing Education

In order to maintain certification, the certification holder must attain the following prior to their expiration date:

  • Nutrient Generator – Complete (6) Continuing Education credits
  • Private Nutrient Handler – Complete (6) Continuing Education credits
  • Commercial Nutrient Handler – Complete (6) Continuing Education credits and remit $150
  • Nutrient Consultant – Complete (5) Continuing Education credits and remit $100

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension office conducts most of the classes and a list of these classes.