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Prior to taking the Nutrient Consultant Exam, you will need to attend the Delaware Nutrient Management Certification Sessions I, II, III and IV: Nutrient Consultant. In addition to attending the required certification sessions you will also need to pass the Delaware Nutrient Management Consultant Exam with a score of 70% or above. The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions and you have two hours to complete the exam. The certification sessions are offered twice a year and the exam is offered three times a year. The Nutrient Consultant Exam is one of three exams you must pass to become a Certified Crop Adviser in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
There is no fee to take the exam. After you receive a passing grade on the exam, 70% or above, you are required to pay a $100 fee every year. In addition to the fee, you will also be required to maintain your certification by acquiring five hours of continuing education every year. You are also required to write a Nutrient Management Plan once every three years.
To pass the Nutrient Consultant Exam, you will need to study outside the time you spend in the certification sessions. Below is some information that will help you prepare for the Nutrient Consultant Exam. On the day of the exam, study materials are not allowed in the exam area and you are required to show a photo I.D. prior to taking the exam.
There is a reciprocal agreement between the Delaware Department of Agriculture and the Maryland Department of Agriculture. If you are certified as a Nutrient Consultant in Maryland, you may seek reciprocity to become a Nutrient Consultant in Delaware. Nutrient Consultants who are certified in Maryland and in good standing with the Maryland Nutrient Management Program may seek reciprocity by attending Delaware Nutrient Management Certification Session I and submitting an application to the Delaware Department of Agriculture with a copy of their Maryland Nutrient Management Consultant Certificate.
- Calculation Worksheet
- Calculation Worksheet with Answers
- Homework with Answers
- Nutrient Consultant Checklist
- The Mid-Atlantic Nutrient Management Handbook – You should read the The Mid-Atlantic Nutrient Management Handbook. Delaware does not test on biosolids so if you plan to write Nutrient Management Plans for biosolids in another state you should take the Nutrient Management exam in the other state.
Nutrient Consultant Competency Areas
You should review and be familiar with the information in the Nutrient Management and the Soil and Water Management Competency Areas
Nutrient Management Planning Tools
- Nutrient Management Recommendations – Agronomic Crops
- Nutrient Management Recommendations – Forage and Hay Crops
- University of Delaware Soil Testing Program
- New Castle County Watershed Map
- Kent County Watershed Map
- Sussex County Watershed Map
- Best Management Practices
- Nutrient Management Plan Checklist
- CAFO Nutrient Management Plan Checklist
- University of Delaware Nutrient Recommendations
- Purdue University Crop Fertilizer Recommendation Calculator – Includes University of Delaware recommendations
- Purdue University Manure Nutrient Availability Calculator – Includes University of Delaware recommendations
- Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)
- Phosphorus Site Index Manual
Cost Share for Nutrient Management Planning
- Delaware Nutrient Management Law
- Delaware Nutrient Management Regulations
- Maryland – Application for Nutrient Management Certified Consultant by Reciprocity
- Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Program Certification and Training
- Virginia’s Nutrient Management Certification
- Certified Crop Adviser Program