The turf management industry has shown a steady growth rate in job opportunities for trained turf professionals. The turf management sector employs individuals as groundskeepers, golf course maintenance supervisors, parks grounds supervisors, sports field supervisors, turf landscape technicians, turf grass specialists, and sod farm managers.
Turf Management offers training for a wide variety of industries from golf courses to sports fields to parks departments with a focus on environmental awareness and appreciation. The study of turf management includes: turfgrass application, installation and management; equipment operation and maintenance; and irrigation system installation. Students in this program have the unique opportunity to participate in a work experience in spring and summer quarters of the program providing them relevant hands-on and field experience to prepare for the industry. Many courses are offered via distance delivery and the variety of courses offered provides students the option of atransfer to WSU & OSU four-year Turf Management programs. The Turf Management curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.
Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Turf Management upon completion of the two-year program of study. A Turf Management Certificate is available upon completion of the first year of the program.
- Assistant Golf Course Superintendents
- Assistant Sports Turf Managers
- Landscape Maintenance and Construction Crew Supervisors
- Parks Department Grounds Keepers
- School District Grounds Keepers
- Turf Technicians
It is recommended that the student contact the lead instructor regarding appropriate program placement and paying a priority list fee to determine specific quarter start in the program. Students may enter the program fall, winter or spring quarter, however, due to course sequencing it is recommended to begin in the fall. A placement test and mechanical reasoning test offered by the Student Development Center must be completed prior to admittance to the program.
All courses are offered on campus or through Distance Learning. For more information on Distance Learning please contact the Turf Management program.
For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.wtb.wa.gov/etp.