Continuing Education


Turfgrass Pathology Course

Turfgrass managers are constantly dealing with turfgrass pathology problems. Whether on a golf course, home lawn, park, or athletic field, turfgrass diseases can significantly damage turf in the Midwest. As governmental agencies continue to regulate inputs on turfgrass, it will be important for turfgrass managers to know how to meet new turfgrass management challenges-especially concerning turfgrass diseases. Each disease has a unique profile and requires different tactics for effective control. This course will equip turfgrass managers with the expertise necessary for controlling diseases in this challenging environment. This course is designed for anybody who works with turfgrass: golf course superintendents, park supervisors, sports turf managers, lawn care providers, lawn and landscape maintenance employees, landscapers, etc.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to diagnose the Upper Midwest turfgrass diseases presented in this course and then determine control measures for the diseases using both cultural and chemical methods. Specifically, you should be able to:

  • Describe the correct procedure for taking a disease sample.
  • Correctly identify a disease when given visual symptoms.
  • Explain the signs and symptoms of major diseases.
  • Name effective chemical controls.
  • Describe possible cultural controls.
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This course is approved for 1.2 GCSAA education points by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. These education points are applicable toward Class A and certification entry and renewal for GCSAA members. For more information, please visit

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2018 Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science Online Course

Any investment in quality continuing education opportunities benefits employees and employers alike. The 2018 Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science Online is designed to help meet the continuing education needs of any individual or organization. This 12-week program will have training sessions accessible live online on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7pm (Central Standard Time) and the option to view the recorded sessions. This 12-week certificate program aims to provide participants with thorough and practical continuing education in turfgrass management. The course is directed by educators from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with 12 turfgrass scientists and educators from six Land-Grant Universities.

Turfgrasses are a resource in our urban community environments and best management practices are aligned with environmental, economic & societal priorities. The Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science provides participants with the science based principles needed to effectively manage turf for recreation, sport, aesthetics and environmental protection. The Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science is a quality training opportunity for:

  • Practitioners that establish and maintain turfgrass for athletic fields, consumer/commercial lawns, golf courses, recreation/parks, and sod production.
  • Technical representatives from industry (suppliers of equipment, plant protectants, fertilizer, etc.).
  • Those new to the industry - wanting to get trained and off to a great start.
  • Those with experience in the industry - to review/update their knowledge and practices.

The registration deadline is December 22nd, 2017. Students will have access to the course and materials at their convenience during the 12-week period via moodle class management system. The fee for the course is $495, which includes supplemental materials and a certificate after successful completion of the program. Early registration is encouraged and pre-registration is required.

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