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Turf Science Certificate


What can you expect from this program/course?

This certificate 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.

This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant. You can find more information HERE.

Delivery Method: Online

Course Dates: 

  • Level 1: October 3 - December 8, 2023
  • Level 2: January 8 - March 15, 2024
  • Electives
    • Turf Science for Golf Course: March 25 - May 31, 2024
    • Turf Science for Sports and Recreation: March 25 - May 31, 2024

Tuition: $799 per course

Credential: Non-credit 

Required Texts and Materials: None

Registration Deadline: 2 weeks prior to course start date. Pending availability; late registrations may be accepted with a late fee. Limited space available so register early.

Length of Program: 10 weeks per course

This certificate is suitable for 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, learners are able to select a focus in Parks and Sports Turf, or Golf Course Turf.

  • 2 required courses + 1 elective
  • Eligible for the Alberta-Canada Job Grant

Course Details

Turf Science Level 1 | TRF 7000

Dates: October 3 - December 8, 2023
Cost: $799 + GST
Prerequisites: None
Delivery Method: Online

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.

Turf Science Level 2 | TRF 7001

Dates: January 8 - March 15, 2024
Cost: $799 + GST
Prerequisites: Turf Science Level 1
Delivery Method: Online

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.

Turf Science for Golf Courses (Elective) | TRF 7003

Dates: March 25 - May 31, 2024
Cost: $799 + GST
Prerequisites: Turf Science Level 1 & 2
Delivery Method: Online

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.

Turf Science for Parks and Sports Turf (Elective) | TRF 7002

Dates: March 25 - May 31, 2024
Cost: $799 + GST
Prerequisites: Turf Science Level 1 & 2
Delivery Method: Online

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.

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