Northark offers a 30-credit, Technical Certificate meant to enhance relevant skills for those currently working in the turf industry. The certificate focuses on the agriculture and horticulture courses that are areas of importance to the turf industry.
The turf management program prepares graduates for a career in the turf management industry in sports, municipal or residential settings. Studies for the certificate program include the science of managing turf grass, including horticulture, pest control, proper irrigation techniques and weed management; and basic maintenance of turf grass equipment. Students will complete an internship and/or work at a turf facility as part of the program. Northark, in conjunction with several regional employers and the Department of Labor’s Office of Skills Development (OSD), offers one of the only Turfgrass Apprenticeship education programs in the country. Turfgrass apprentices are able to complete a degree or certificate in an “earn while you learn” program. Turf management students are not required to enter the apprenticeship program, but those interested in exploring turfgrass apprenticeships should communicate that with your advisor.
The turf management certificate is meant to enhance the skills of those working in the turfgrass industry already. However, it can lead to additional training and careers as golf course superintendents, athletic field managers, parks managers, grounds managers, professional tree trimmers or industry sales.