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Certified Turfgrass Professional Short Course

Starting January 17, 2020 | 9–4 p.m.
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Buncombe County Center
49 Mount Carmel Road, Asheville, NC 28806

N.C. Cooperative Extension agents in Western North Carolina will offer the annual Certified Turfgrass Professional Short Course. Although the class is designed to prepare those in the turfgrass industry to take the NC Certified Turfgrass Professional exam, many people take it for the credits offered or just for the information. Individuals wishing to take the exam can make an appointment to take it with their Extension agent at their own convenience, instead of us offering the exam on a specific date, to everyone. It is a daylong exam so keep that in mind when scheduling a time to complete it. The exam should be taken within one year of the class to get the discounted fees.
It is advisable that you order the book(s) directly from the Turfgrass Council of NC. This will save your company money and allow you to decide how many books you need as well as get the books delivered directly to you before the classes start.

Contact Lee or Christina
Turfgrass Council of North Carolina
110 Horizon Drive, Suite 210
Raleigh, NC 27615

Phone: 919.459.2070 | Fax: 919.459.2075


  • 7 hours of NC Landscape Contractor Credits (5L and 2B). NC Pesticide Credits approved: A:1, B:1, D:7, G:1, H:1, I:1, K:1, L:1, N:7, O:1 and X:7

We are now accepting online registration and credit card payments for all of our Green Industry Certification Programs using Eventbrite. We prefer participants use the new online method of registration to ensure a seat and help us with attendance accountability.

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Cash or checks will be accepted at the door after you pre-register by emailing

Make checks payable to: NC State University

Short Course Schedule

Day 1

January 17, 2020

Section I Turfgrass Characteristics

The Benefits of Turf in Our World; The Many Parts of North Carolina’s Turfgrass Industry; Important Turfgrass Characteristics; Vegetable Identification of Turfgrasses; Regions of North Carolina where the major grass species are best adapted; Some of the commonly used cultivars for each turfgrass species.

Section II Establishing Turfgrass

Criteria that should be considered when selecting turfgrasses; Climatic zones of North Carolina, Best time to establish a particular turfgrass species; How to prepare a site for planting; Different planting methods; How to read a seed label to purchase the best seed; How to calculate seed needs; How to renovate a poor or declining turf; How to select and manage turfgrasses for shaded environments.

Day 2

January 24, 2020

Section III Soils and Nutrient Management

Introduction to Soil-Water Dynamics; Soil Volume, Soil Structure; Soil Depth and Horizons; Soil Colloids; Essential Elements; Nutrient Availability; Cation Exchange Capacity; Soil pH – Acidity and Liming; Macronutrients and Micronutrients; Nutrient Management Strategies: Soil Testing, Plant Tissue Testing, Monitoring, and Visual Estimates; Nutrient Management Programs: Turf Species, Fertilization Timing, Fertilization Frequency, Fertilization Rates, Fertilizer Formulations; Environmental Concerns and Considerations.

Section IV Cultural Practices

Mowing; Irrigation; Vertical Mowing; Power Raking; Aeration; Root Zone Cultivation.

Day 3

January 31, 2020

Section V Pests and Integrated Pest Management

Pest Management Strategies; Weed Identification and Management; Diseases: Causes, Hosts, Developmental Factors and Forecasting, Symptoms; Management of Insects: Identification, Prediction, Threshholds, and Management

Section VI Pesticides Characteristics

Pesticide Selection; Pesticide Formulations Applied as Solids; Pesticide Formulations Applied as Liquids; Judicious Pesticide Use; Pesticides in the Turn Environment; Storing, Handling and Disposing of Pesticides; Protective Clothing; Spill Containment, Accident Response; Equipment Cleanup; Plant Growth Regulators: Hands-on Lab

Day 4

February 7, 2020

Section VII Landscape Safety and Pesticide Use

Personal and Operational Safety; The Role of HAZCOM Training; The differences between the chemical and trade name of pesticides; Safe and effective use of pesticides

Section VIII Pesticides Calculations & Calibration Area Measurement

Calculations and Dilution Ratios; Sprayer Calibration; Sprayer Maintenance: Spreader Calibration; Spreader Maintenance; Fertilizer Calculations; Fertilizer Analysis and Ratios; Application Techniques & Options – Hands-on Lab

Section IX Turfgrass Business and Economics

Review Effective Personnel Management; Estimating Insurance; Accounting; Permitting and Licensing; Marketing; Customer and Public Relations; Review Session; Evaluations