Turfgrass Management

Professional Certificate in Turfgrass Management

Professional Certificate in Turfgrass Management

Online Program


15-24 months



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Learn the latest that every current and prospective manager of turfgrass facilities should know about the biology, chemistry, math, pesticides, irrigation, and soil fertility involved in everyday turfgrass management. Take advantage of experts who work in an area that is home to hundreds of golf courses, sports fields, cemeteries, and other turfgrass facilities. Explore the latest trends in agriculture and sustainability so you can make confident, informed decisions that will provide the best landscape, without breaking the budget or using resources inefficiently.

Designed For

Those who want to further their career in turfgrass management, including:

  • Lawn Care Specialists
  • Golf Course Managers
  • Athletic Field Managers
  • Vegetation and Cemetery Managers
  • Pesticide Technicians

What You'll Learn

  • Efficient and environmentally sensitive management practices for turfgrass facilities
  • Scientific aspects of turfgrass management
  • Physical and biological principles of plant processes
  • How to identify different turf species
  • Technical skills related to the design, maintenance and management of irrigation systems

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available all over the world in private firms or corporations, government or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Turfgrass Managers
  • Building/Grounds Supervisor
  • Pesticide Technician
  • Lawn Care Specialist
  • Golf Course Superintendent

Program Overview


30 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“My Professional Certificate from UCR Extension has helped me in all areas of turfgrass management--from Intern to Second Assistant Superintendent at The Olympics Club in San Francisco, to being the field intern for the New York Mets. It's given me a solid foundation, and I have no doubt that it will continue to help me further my career.”

Tim McAndrew

Field Intern
New York Mets
Flushing, NY

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school education or equivalent.
  • No prior college coursework is required.
  • Knowledge of basic mathematical and algebraic calculation, PC use and introductory botany is recommended.

Specialized Continuing Education Credit Available

Continuing education credit is available through the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for:

  • Foundations of Turfgrass Management
  • Turfgass Pests
  • Pesticide Use on Turfgrass and Ornamental Plants

Students seeking credit for select courses from one of the following agencies should contact the agency directly with approval requests:

  • Irrigation Association
  • International Society of Arboriculture Western Chapter
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Foundations of Turfgrass Management

PLS X415

3 units

Turfgrass Irrigation and Drainage

PLS X420

3 units

Quarter 2

Turfgrass Species and Applications

PLS X116

3 units

Turfgrass Pests

PLS X421

3 units

Quarter 3

Principles of Plant Growth

PLS X115

3 units

Pesticide Use on Turfgrass and Ornamental Plants

PLS X421.5

3 units

Quarter 4

Math for Turfgrass and Landscape Managers


3 units

Introduction to Chemistry for Environmental and Agricultural Professionals


3 units

Quarter 5

Management Skills for Turfgrass and Landscape Managers

PLS X417

3 units

Soil Fertility and Fertilizers

PLS X422

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“I have spent my career in turfgrass education, and applied research with University of California Cooperative Extension. My research focus has been in the broad area of the introduction of low water-use, warm-season turfgrasses to California. My philosophy for the students in the Professional Certificate classes is "Knowledge Equals Success."”

Michael Henry

Environmental Horticulture Advisor (Emeritus)
University of California Cooperative Extension
Riverside and Orange, CA

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