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Turf Science Certificate

Program Overview

This program addresses general and specialized aspects of the science, current cultural systems and construction practices for the turf industry.  Courses provide practical applications relevant to parks, sports turf, golf course, professional lawn care, sod production and turf-related sales/service sectors.  We welcome individuals new to the industry, along with those wanting formal education to match or broaden their professional expertise.  After gaining a grounding in common turf science principles, you are able to select a focus in Parks and Sports turf, or Golf Course Turf.

 - 2 required courses + 1 elective  
 - Each course is 9 weeks in duration
 - All courses entirely online, fitting your schedule
 - No previous college education necessary
 - Eligible for the Alberta-Canada Job Grant

This course list comes from our Curricunet Academic database

Course Details
 

Turf Science Level 1

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the science of turf establishment and maintenance practices for golf courses, sports fields, and parks.  You will learn the basics of turfgrass biology and the physical properties of soils.  Various methods of turfgrass establishment, basic cultural practices (mowing, irrigation, and fertilization), drainage systems, and integrated weed and wildlife pest management are also covered.

Course Dates/Times

January 16 - March 17, 2017

Delivery Method Online
Course length 9 Weeks
Credits 3
Pre-requisiteNone
LocationOnline
Tuition$799
Other feesN/A
Required Text & Materials None
Registration DeadlineTwo weeks prior to class start date.
Other detailsNone

 

Turf Science Level 2

Course Description

This course builds on Level 1, exploring the use of different grasses for parks, sports turf and golf course applications.  You will learn selected aspects of turfgrass physiology, and soil chemistry as they relate to turf health.  Fertilizer application and fertility programs, irrigation system operation, specialized cultural practices (thatch management, aeration and topdressing), the management of insect pests, and an overview of turf diseases are also covered.

Course Dates/Times

January 16 - March 17, 2017

Delivery Method Online
Course length 9 Weeks
Credits 3
Pre-requisiteTurf Science Level 1
LocationOnline
Tuition$799
Other feesN/A
Required Text & Materials None
Registration Deadline

Two weeks prior to course start date

Other detailsNone

Electives: 

Turf Science for Golf Courses (Elective)

Course Description

This course focuses on turf for golf courses, including maintenance practices unique to cool season turf, related calculations and specialized mower operation.  Annual bentgrass management, winter protection for greens, and an overview of the construction of greens, tees, fairways, and bunkers are also covered.

Course Dates/Times

March 27 - May 26, 2017

Delivery Method Online
Course length 9 Weeks
Credits 3
Pre-requisiteTurf Science Level 1 and 2
LocationOnline
Tuition$799
Other feesNone
Required Text & Materials 

None

Registration DeadlineTwo weeks prior to course start date.
Other detailsNone

 

Turf Science for Parks & Sports Turf (Elective)

Course Description

Focusing on turf for specialized sports and recreational use, this course addresses the design, construction and renovation of selected sports fields and park areas.  Cultural practices unique to each area are addressed.  Field safety and preparation for play for selected sports is also covered.

Course Dates/Times

March 27 - May 26, 2017

Delivery Method Online
Course length 9 Weeks
Credits 3
Pre-requisiteTurf Science Level 1 and 2
LocationOnline
Tuition$799
Other feesNone
Required Text & Materials 

None

Registration DeadlineTwo weeks prior to course start date.
Other details

None

 

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