Turfgrass Management Technology

The Turfgrass Management Technology Curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in management of high end turfgrass. Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of turfgrass management principles and practices are included in the program of study.

Course work includes plant science, plant materials, propagation, soils, fertilizers and pest management. Turfgrass Management Technology is a program that focuses on turfgrass and related groundcover plants and prepares individuals to develop ornamental or recreational grasses and related products; plant, transplant, and manage grassed areas; and to produce and store turf used for transplantation. Also included are courses in turfgrass management, irrigation, ornamental horticulture, soil science, entomology and plant pathology, as well as courses in communications, computers and the social sciences.

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in landscape operations, golf courses, local, state and national parks; sports complexes; highway vegetation and turf maintenance companies; and private and public gardens. Graduates also should be prepared to take the licensed pesticide applicators examinations.

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Turfgrass Management Technology (A15420)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science in Turfgrass Management Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent (available through CPCC) is required.
  • CPCC placement tests are required in English and Mathematics. Developmental Studies Mathematics and English courses are available for students to build basic skills and knowledge.
  • A counseling/orientation appointment follows placement testing.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Contact Information

The Turfgrass Management Technology program is in the Professional Careers Division. For more information call 704.330.4827.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
MAT 110Mathematical Measurement and Literacy3.0
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
American Literature I
British Literature I
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Humanities I
Music Appreciation
World Religions
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
American History I
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Major Requirements
TRF 110Introduction Turfgrass Cultivation & Id And Identification4.0
TRF 120Turfgrass Irrigation and Design4.0
TRF 152Landscape Maintenance3.0
HOR 166Soils and Fertilizers3.0
TRF 210Turfgrass Eqmt Mgmt3.0
TRF 230Turfgrass Mgmt Apps2.0
TRF 240Turfgrass Pest Control3.0
TRF 260Adv Turfgrass Mgmt4.0
TRF 220Turfgrass Calculations2.0
HOR 160Plant Materials I3.0
HOR 162Applied Plant Science3.0
SPA 120Spanish for the Workplace3.0
TRF 250Golf /Sport Field Const4.0
WBL 111Work-Based Learning I1.0
CIS 111Basic PC Literacy2.0
Technical Electives
Select 9 credits of the following:9.0
Landscape Design I
Landscape Construction
Landscape Management I
Equipment Operation and Maintenance
Plant Materials II
Horticultural Pest Management
Landscape Irrigation
Advanced Equipment Operations and Maintenance
Arboriculture Practices
Advanced Plant Materials
Horticultural Management & Marketing
Turfgrass Computer App
Native Flora ID
Advanced Turfgrass Equipment Management
Biological Pest Management
Agricultural Chemicals
Work-Based Learning I
Total Credits71

No diplomas offered.

Turfgrass Management Technology Certificates (C15420)

Turfgrass Management Technology Certificate with a Specialization in Turfgrass Management (C15420-C1)

This certificate is designed to prepare individuals for basic entry-level positions in the area of Turfgrass Management Technology. Coursework includes turfgrass culture and identification, equipment, irrigation, pest management and soils and fertilizers.

Major Requirements
HOR 166Soils and Fertilizers3.0
HOR 253Horticulture Turfgrass3.0
TRF 120Turfgrass Irrigation and Design4.0
TRF 210Turfgrass Eqmt Mgmt3.0
TRF 230Turfgrass Mgmt Apps2.0
TRF 240Turfgrass Pest Control3.0
Total Credits18

Courses

TRF 110. Introduction Turfgrass Cultivation & Id And Identification. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the principles of reproduction, growth development, species characteristics, establishment and maintenance of golf courses and sports fields, and lawns. Topics include principles of reproduction, growth development, species characteristics, establishment and maintenance of golf courses and sports fields, and lawn applications. Upon completion, students should be able to identify turfgrass species and develop an establishment and maintenance plan for high quality turf areas in accordance with sustainable practices.

TRF 120. Turfgrass Irrigation and Design. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the basic techniques involved in the design, layout, installation, and use of water-wise turfgrass irrigation systems. Topics include types of irrigation systems, components of the systems, materials available for use, and economic considerations. Upon completion, students should be able to complete a functional design for a turfgrass irrigation system according to sustainable practices.

TRF 125. Turfgrass Computer App. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic computer applications for the turfgrass industry. Emphasis is placed on computer software applications for irrigation design, management, and budget planning for turfgrass applications. Upon completion, students should be able to use appropriate software for various turfgrass management applications.

TRF 130. Native Flora ID. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers identification of selected native ground covers and woodland trees by summer and/or winter characteristics. Emphasis is placed on mature age, fall colors, site adaptability, and habit of growth for special turf-related areas. Upon completion, students should be able to identify native plants by size and leaf, bud, twig, and limb formation.

TRF 152. Landscape Maintenance. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the tasks of landscape maintenance. Emphasis is placed on lawns, shrubs, trees, flowers, and ground covers. Upon completion, students should be able to maintain a landscape area on a year-round schedule.

TRF 210. Turfgrass Eqmt Mgmt. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the operation and maintenance of specialized turfgrass management equipment. Topics include small engine use and repair; operation, maintenance, and repair of turfgrass management equipment; organization of shop areas; and safety considerations. Upon completion, students should be able to operate and maintain turfgrass management equipment.

TRF 220. Turfgrass Calculations. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the specific math concepts and calculations necessary in the turfgrass industry. Emphasis is placed on calibration of equipment used in the application of fertilizers and pesticides and calculation of solid materials used in construction. Upon completion, students should be able to correctly perform basic calculations and calibrations and estimate materials needed in specific professional turfgrass management situations.

TRF 230. Turfgrass Mgmt Apps. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces specific sports field design, installation, and maintenance. Topics include natural grass croquet courts and baseball, soccer, and football fields. Upon completion, students should be able to perform specific tasks in layout, field marking, and preparing for tournament play.

TRF 240. Turfgrass Pest Control. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers detection and identification of turfgrass pests with emphasis on methods of sustainable management. Topics include pest identification with an understanding of pesticides used, application procedures, and costs involved in sustainable management programs. Upon completion, students should be able to identify turfgrass pests, select the proper pesticide, develop pest management programs, and/or use integrated pest management.

TRF 250. Golf /Sport Field Const. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course provides information for layout, materials, and construction of special recreational applications. Emphasis is placed on site selection, equipment, safety regulations, drainage, turfgrass species, and irrigation needs. Upon completion, students should be able to locate construction reference sites and develop drainage and irrigation plans from their own blueprints and topo map designs.

TRF 260. Adv Turfgrass Mgmt. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the principles and practices involved in turfgrass management. Topics include choosing the best management practice in mowing, pest control, fertilization, irrigation, traffic control, air control, budgeting, and materials procurement. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the principles covered and select and apply the best practices in turfgrass management.

Prerequisites: Take TRF 110

TRF 270. Advanced Turfgrass Equipment Management. 4.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the advanced repair and maintenance of turfgrass equipment. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis, repair and maintenance of power trains, electrical systems, hydraulics, small air-cooled engines, four-stroke engines, and compact diesel engines. Upon completion, students should be able to diagnose and repair commonly used turfgrass equipment and communicate information concerning the repairs and the necessary maintenance schedule in a professional manner.

Prerequisites: Take TRF 210