Take the Next Step with the Online Advanced Certificate in Turfgrass Management
Prepare yourself for the challenges of managing turfgrass in any climate or terrain. Build your skill set with the online advanced certificate and learn about pest management, turfgrass cultural systems, turfgrass edaphology, and case studies in turfgrass management.
Why an Online Certificate through Penn State?
GCSAA Credits — The credits you receive for your Penn State turfgrass courses may be used toward Golf Course Superintendents Association of America education points to meet entry and/or renewal requirements for Class A and/or Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) status. In addition, GCSAA education points earned by members through attendance at the National GIS Education Conference and Golf Industry Show seminars may satisfy some requirements of the turfgrass undergraduate degrees or certificates. If you have questions about receiving these credits, please speak with your adviser.
Build a Solid Foundation — As a graduate of the advanced certificate program, you can gain foundational knowledge and skills to move on to the Associate in Science in Turfgrass Science and Management, the Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass Science, or even the Master of Professional Studies in Turfgrass Management. All credits earned in the advanced certificate program can be directly applied to the other undergraduate turfgrass degrees offered through World Campus.
Penn State Expertise — Penn State became a leader in turfgrass education in 1929, when we launched one of the first turfgrass programs in the United States. As the first university to offer a two-year technical program and the first to offer turfgrass science as an undergraduate major, we built a solid foundation for the online turfgrass courses that we offer today.
World-Renowned Faculty — Dr. A.J. Turgeon, emeritus professor of turfgrass management, is the retired director of World Campus turfgrass programs. He has written more than 300 publications, including the popular textbook Turfgrass Management, now in its ninth edition.
Who Should Apply?
Whether you work in golf course maintenance, professional lawn care, grounds maintenance, sod production, sales and service, athletic field maintenance, or research support, this program can give you the skills needed to expand your career opportunities. If you have a bachelor's degree in another field but would like to learn about turfgrass, this certificate can provide you with the foundation of knowledge required to maintain and manage any sports or turfgrass facility.
Career Opportunities for Graduates
The certificate program was created for golf course and sports field personnel who want to take their career to the next level. With an advanced certificate, you can work in a variety of positions, including:
- equipment manager
- commercial grounds manager
- irrigation specialist
- assistant manager