Turfgrass Management

Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management

Turfgrass management is a dynamic and growing sector across Canada and throughout the world. The Diploma in Turfgrass Management is a focused curriculum that will provide students with the skills to succeed in this competitive industry. The program utilizes the collaborative resources of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute which includes University of Guelph faculty and staff, industry professionals and the grounds, workshop and laboratory facilities of the Institute. Practical and scientific study is combined with a required summer work semester to provide students with a wide range of experience and knowledge.

Image: Turfgrass management students discussing weed management

The Diploma in Turfgrass Management is offered only at the Guelph campus and prepares students for a variety of career opportunities including golf course management, lawn care, sports field management, parks management, sod production, and related supply and service businesses.

All courses in the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management are restricted to students enrolled in the program. Students are required to work full time for at least 15 weeks in the summer following winter semester 2. Work must be in the field of turfgrass management. In semester 2, students must seek, interview for, and secure employment in consultation with the program coordinator. Prior to the end of semester 2, students must complete fall semester 3 pre-registration and a formal learning contract among themselves, the employer and the program coordinator. Academic requirements for the work semester as indicated in the course description of DTM*3100, Current Turf Practices.

Here is a link to a video interview with Chad Durie, a Diploma in Turfgrass Management student.

Complete information about the program and require and elective courses can be obtained via the University of Guelph Calender.

Academic Counselor - Associate Diploma, Turfgrass Management