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Turf Management

Industry Description
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.  

Department Overview
Turf Management focuses on equipment operation and maintenance, irrigation system installation, repair and maintenance, and turf grass application, installation, and management. Two quarters of internship work experience combine classroom instruction with field experience to provide direct application of coursework. Many courses are offered via distance learning. Graduates of this program may find employment as assistant golf course superintendents, assistant sports turf managers, landscape maintenance and construction crew supervisors, parks department grounds keepers, and school district groundskeepers. The Turf Management curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members. 

Degrees
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.

Career Opportunities
  • Assistant Golf Course Superintendents
  • Assistant Sports Turf Managers
  • Landscape Maintenance and Construction Crew Supervisors
  • Parks Department Grounds Keepers
  • School District Grounds Keepers
  • Turf Technicians


Entrance Requirements
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.

Other Information
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.