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Course Description

Designed for a wide variety of turf industry professionals including sports turf managers, nursery sod producers, golf course superintendents, residential/commercial turf care professionals and sales or service representatives, this intensive month-long professional development program covers all aspects of turf culture and management.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and understand the physical, chemical and hydrologic characteristics of soils, know how they affect turf health, and apply this knowledge to develop sustainable turfgrass management programs for natural and constructed soil turf situations.
  • Identify cool-season turfgrass species and describe their characteristics as they relate to potential success in different growing environments.
  • Describe the concept of integrated pest management (IPM) and identify the key fundamentals of an IPM program, such as biology and identification of important turfgrass pests (insects, diseases and weeds) and how turfgrasses interact with the greater landscape.
  • Illustrate how the integration of management practices—including cultural, physical, biological and chemical—can be successfully used to manage pests and other issues on turfgrass stands in a sustainable manner.
  • Understand how to access and interpret turfgrass agronomic information.
  • Integrate diverse information from the various sections of the course to design a strategy/plan of action to address real-life turf management issues (as demonstrated by problem-solving a series of case studies).
  • Analyze all turf management practices (e.g., irrigation, drainage, and use and maintenance of equipment) and inputs (i.e., mowing, fertilization, irrigation and pest management) and choose the most environmentally sustainable practices while maintaining turf quality.
  • Understand the importance of communication, professionalism and ethics utilized within the turfgrass industry.

Course Topics

The following topics are discussed in detail:

  • Turfgrass Identification
  • Turfgrass Species and Management
  • Identification and Management of Turfgrass:
    • Diseases
    • Insects
    • Weeds
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Turfgrass Irrigation
  • Turfgrass Equipment
  • Construction and Drainage
  • Landscape Management


This course is assessed by:

  • Pre- and in-course online tutorials and quizzes
  • In-class quizzes
  • Final exam


The Turf Managers' Short course is accredited by the following associations:

Additional Information

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If you would like additional information about this course, please email our main office or phone us at 519-767-5000.

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Sponsoring Partners

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Turf Managers' Short Course
Remote Instruction
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00AM to 5:00PM
February 05, 2024 to February 09, 2024
In-Class Instruction
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00AM to 5:00PM
February 12, 2024 to March 01, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Guelph
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Regular $3,275.00
Potential Discount(s)
Service charge(s)
  • Turf Managers Short Course  
Section Notes

The Turf Managers' Short Course (TMSC) will be delivered as follows:

February 5 - 9, 2024 - Live Online Classes via Zoom

February 12 - March 1, 2024 - In-Person* at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, Guelph, ON (no class on Monday February 19 due to Family Day)

Course materials (e.g., PowerPoint slides, handouts, additional required and/or supplementary readings, etc.) and pre-course tutorials will be provided via the ‘CourseLink’ course website, which will be accessible to you beginning January 22, 2024.

The required Materials Fee of $425.00 will be added to the tuition fee upon check out. Included in the Materials Fee are all supplies, textbooks and access to course website.

View the Course Policy: Withdrawals, Refunds, Transfer, Cancellations, Postponements.

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*The in-class portion of the Turf Managers Short Course at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI), University of Guelph is subject to change based on Public Health guidelines. Updates will be provided, as necessary closer to the course start date.

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