Length of Program: 1 YearProgram Intakes:  Winter Intake (January program start)Winter 2019

Turfgrass Management Certificate

“We are excited to be a part of the redeveloped curriculum. Currently we employ Olds College students and are encouraged by the new changes. The biggest change is the time frame that students are now able to work on the course. There is a direct benefit to hands-on-learning education. We are a supporter of changes made by Olds College which will enable students to gain further knowledge allowing them to move into careers such as superintendents and supervisors.”

Robin Sadler – Superintendent, Silvertip Golf Resort

Instructor teaching a group of students about grass varieties

What can you expect from our program?

Olds College offers a one year certificate in Turfgrass Management.  You will learn about managing turfgrass, turfgrass operational strategies, environmental principles for pesticide application, sustainable golf course irrigation, and construction principles. Students also participate in a Field School over the summer where you are gainfully employed in the industry.

Once you complete the certificate, you have the option to continue for one more year to earn the Turfgrass Management Diploma.

What will you learn?

Students will be on campus from January to May and will be studying one subject at a time in a three week schedule that allows for a deeper integration of each subject. In May, you will go back into the industry to participate in a minimum six month field school/internship. This is where the program will really separate itself from traditional educational offerings. Students will be paid employees, in the industry, performing duties at the golf course while also completing courses. While enrolled in the field school/internship, you will work in collaborative groups with your fellow students, together you will draw on the experience and knowledge of many of the golf course superintendents to complete the required course work.

Along with completing three field schools, you will learn about:

  • Succeeding in an Inquiry Based Learning Environment
  • Managing Turfgrass
  • Developing Turfgrass Operational Strategies
  • Applying Environmental Principles for Pesticide Certification
  • Managing Sustainable Golf Course Irrigation
  • Discovering Construction Principles
  • Workplace Communication


Program at a glance

Credential: Certificate

Length of Program: 1 Year

Method of Delivery: On-Campus Delivery

Directed Field Study/Work Term/Practicum: 3 Field Schools are completed at the end of the program

Program Intakes: Winter Intake (January program start)

Applications Open: February 1 for the Winter Intake

Selection Process for Admission: First Qualified, First Accepted

Tuition, Mandatory Fees, Books, and Supplies: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details

  • Tuition & Fees: $5,500 / Books & Supplies: $500

*These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. Please note that all fees are best estimates and are subject to change.

International Students will require a Co-Op Work Permit as well as a Study Permit for this program.

What do I need to apply?

Admission Requirements:

  • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • 50% or better in Math 20-1 or 20-2
  • 50% or better in two of Biology 20, Chemistry 20, Science 20, OR One of Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Science 30
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (completed at minimum 3 years of formal education taught entirely in English or provide the results of a recognized English Language Proficiency exam)

Academic Upgrading and High School Applicants: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrollment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.

Alternate Admission Option: Alternate Admission status may be offered to applicants who have not or will not complete one of the academic admission requirements. To be considered under Alternate Admission Status, applicants will be asked to provide the following:

  1. (Required) Transcript(s) showing any completed high school and post-secondary courses
  2. (Required) Letter of Introduction and Intent, outlining the following:
    • Introduce yourself
    • Indicate why you wish to enrol in the program
    • Elaborate on your career goals
    • Detail your experience relevant to this program and the industry
  3. (Required) A resume of your work history, extracurricular activities, volunteer service, etc. for the last 5 years
  4. (Optional) Include copies of any tickets and/or certificates you currently hold (e.g.: first aid, safety tickets, etc.)
  5. (Optional) Letter(s) of reference from current or past employers/coaches/etc. (maximum of two letters)

*Submitting Alternate Admission material does not guarantee admission*

Out of Province Applicants: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

International Applicants: Olds College welcomes applications from international applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency. Further information can be found on our website under International Students.

Where can I live on campus?


CHOC is the exclusive service provider of on-campus housing for Olds College. Live in Centennial Village, our newest campus living facility featuring 450 private suites (no roommates), or in College Courts our 4-bedroom townhouses. Enjoy a short commute to class, partake in weekly residence life events and enjoy the safety of living on campus.

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I have some more questions. Who do I contact for help?

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.



Admitted Students

Admitted Student Information

Program Dates: Find out when you term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

Class Registration: You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Technology Recommendation: It is strongly recommended that you come to Olds College with the following technology:

  • A laptop is preferred (Mac or PC)

As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

  • Go to portal.office.com
  • Enter your Olds College email address and password
  • Once logged in there is a button on the right that says "Install Office Apps"

This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer, for both Windows and Mac based platforms.


Materials & Supplies:

The following items are required to be purchased prior to the start of your program:

  • Pair of steel-toed boots
  • Work gloves
  • Shop/lab coat
  • Pair of good quality safety glasses

Information on other required textbooks and any further supplies will be provided as you attend each class. All books and supplies will be available during the first few weeks of classes in the College Campus Store.


Other Important Information:

  • Time Requirements: Students are typically in class or on field trips for up to 3-6 hours a day Monday through Friday, with normal in-class hours running from 9 am to noon. Occasionally, overnight trips may be necessary. You will also be expected to complete numerous assignments outside of regularly scheduled classes that will vary in terms of their demands upon your time. This amount of time will vary with each course that you take, but a reasonable estimate would be 50 hours per week of effort inclusive of class time.

  • The programs are delivered in a “block” style with each course delivered in a block of 15 days and courses delivered one at a time in sequence. Within each course you will be attending class for 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday for three weeks. Classes are normally scheduled between 9 am and noon. In addition, you should anticipate several hours of additional study each afternoon and evening and on weekends.   

  • Student Clubs: It is recommended to join the Turf Club and become a CGSA member (if you have not already done so). There are also a number of college sports teams, some of which participate at the inter-collegiate level while others are purely recreational.

  • Additional Skills: Basic computer skills are recommended for all and it is certainly beneficial to have some prior experience with computers before you arrive at the College. A familiarity and comfort in use of Google Docs, word processing, spreadsheet and e-mailing software will be a definite asset.

  • Lockers: All you need to do during your first few days at Olds is to select one without a lock and it’s yours for the duration. I strongly recommend that you select a locker in the first week of classes because of high demand. You are required to provide your own lock.

  • Dress Code: Most students prefer to wear casual clothing to class, but it is recommended you bring semi-formal clothing with you so that you are prepared for employment interviews and other industry opportunities that may present themselves.