Information for Landscape Maintenance Professionals

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As of June 1st, 2012 all commercial and institutional (e.g. school, government employees) fertilizer applicators must be individually certified to apply fertilizers in Manatee County. This certification is issued to individuals holding a "Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer" license issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). This is the same license that will be required for all commercial fertilizer applicators throughout Florida by January 1st, 2014.

All other landscape maintenance professionals in Manatee County that ARE NOT applying fertilizer (other than clerical or administrative staff) must individually obtain a Landscape Certification from the Manatee County Extension Service by December 1st, 2012. This certification is awarded after successful completion of Landscape Best Management Practices (Landscape BMP) training from the Manatee County Extension Service. Spanish language classes are available.

Certification for Commercial and Institutional Fertilizer Applicators

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As of June 1st, 2012 all commercial and institutional (e.g. school, government employees) fertilizer applicators must be individually certified to apply fertilizers in Manatee County. The Manatee County "Green Industries BMP" certification is issued to individuals holding a "Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer" license issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). This is the same license that will be required for all commercial fertilizer applicators throughout Florida by January 1st, 2014. Successful completion of a Green Industry Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) training course offered by the University of Florida/Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a requirement of this license. Classes are held state-wide, and Spanish language classes are available. Manatee County issues a vehicle decal to identify certified individuals.

 

Note: Manatee County also recognizes fertilizer applicator vehicle decals issued by Hillsborough, Pinellas, or Sarasota Counties. A "Green Industries BMP" certification from any of these sources also meets the requirements of the Manatee County "Landscape Maintenance BMP" certification.

 

To obtain a Manatee County-issued vehicle decal complete the three steps below. If you already hold the required FDACS license, skip to Step 3:

 
STEP 1:  Attend and complete a state-approved training course such as Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) from a University of Florida County Extension office (every County offers the GI-BMP course). The course can be taken at the Manatee County Extension classroom by calling (941) 722-4524 ext 226 or by registering online at http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu/comm-hort/gi-bmp.shtml. The course is also available as an online self-paced course. See the UF/IFAS GI-BMP Program website at https://gibmp.ifas.ufl.edu for more information. Note that there are no Pesticide CEUs awarded for the online course.
 
STEP 2:  Obtain a Limited Certification for Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer from FDACS. To obtain the certification, complete the application (http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Business-Services/Pest-Control/Licensing-and-Certification) and submit with required documents to FDACS. Processing time is 4-6 weeks. Each fertilizer applicator must have this license regardless of any other FDACS licenses held.
 
STEP 3:  Complete and sign the Manatee County Affidavit (ManateeCountyAffidavit.pdf). Submit both the signed affidavit and a copy of the FDACS Commercial Fertilizer certification to the attention of:
 
Ms. Kelli Polanski at
Fax #: (941) 742-5996 or
 
Manatee County will issue a certificate, wallet card, and vehicle decal as documentation that an individual is certified in Green Industry BMPs.
 
If you need further assistance, contact the Natural Resources Dept- Environmental Protection Division at (941) 742-5980 x1807, email MCfertilizer@mymanatee.org.
 

 

Certification for Other Landscape Maintenance Professionals

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All other landscape maintenance professionals in Manatee County that ARE NOT applying fertilizer (other than clerical or administrative staff) must individually obtain a Landscape Best Management Practices (Landscape BMP) certification from the Manatee County Extension Service by December 1st, 2012. This certification is awarded after successful completion of Landscape Best Management Practices (Landscape BMP) training from the Manatee County Extension Service. See the links below for training schedules, locations, and online enrollment. Spanish language classes are available. Manatee County issues a vehicle decal to identify certified individuals.

 

Note: Pinellas County has the same program. Landscape BMP vehicle decals from Pinellas County are recognized in Manatee County.

 

Special Rule for New Hires: New employees have ninety (90) days from the date of employment to obtain a Landscape BMP Certification. Until they obtain this certification, they must work under the direct physical supervision of another certified individual.

 

Complete the steps below to obtain a Manatee County-issued Landscape BMP vehicle decal:
 
STEP 1: Attend & complete the Manatee County Landscape Maintenance Best Management Practices (BMP) 3-hour training.  The course can be taken at the Manatee County IFAS Extension by calling (941) 722-4524 ext 226. Visit the following website for a schedule of classes and locations, and online registration: http://ow.ly/64pe6.
 
STEP 2: Upon course completion, Manatee County will issue a certificate, wallet card, and vehicle decal as documentation that an individual is certified in Landscape BMPs.  
 
If you need further assistance, contact the Natural Resources Dept- Environmental Protection Division at (941) 742-5980 x1807, email MCfertilizer@mymanatee.org.
 

Compliance and Enforcement

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Manatee County will issue vehicle decals to individuals obtaining either level of certification. Vehicle decals must be prominently displayed during the workday. Manatee County decals issued to individuals completing a GI-BMP class and holding a "Limited Commercial Fertilizer Applicator" license will be recognized in Manatee, Sarasota, Pinellas and Hillsborough County, and vice-versa. Since decals are issued to individuals, not companies, they may be mounted for display in the windshield or on a magnetic sign. Also, note that it is the local certification, NOT the FDACs "Limited Commercial Fertilizer Applicator" document that establishes your authority to apply fertilizers in Manatee County.

 

Manatee County Natural Resources Officers will be enforcing the Manatee County Fertilizer Ordinance. Officers are authorized to issue citations for infractions of the Ordinance. To reach an officer, contact the Natural Resources Dept- Environmental Protection Division at (941) 742-5980 x1807, email MCfertilizer@mymanatee.org.