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Horticulture- Turfgrass Operations

th_HortBldg2The Horticulture – Turfgrass Operations certificate program is designed to train individuals for entry-level positions in the areas of home lawn care worker, turfgrass grower, golf course attendant and turf and grounds workers for park districts, as well as public and private institutions. In addition, it provides opportunities to individuals already employed in a horticulture business to gain knowledge and skills necessary for upward mobility in their chosen field.

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Degree

Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 28

Program Requirements

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Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
MATHEMATICS *3
AGRI 112BASIC SOILS 4
AGRI 113PRINCIPLES OF SOIL FERTILITY 3
HORT 110INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL PLANTS 4
HORT 114INTRODUCTION TO TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT 3
HORT 126LANDSCAPE ESTABLISHMENT AND MANAGEMENT 3
HORT 214HORTICULTURAL MECHANICS 3
HORT 235ADVANCED TURF MANAGEMENT I 2

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ELECTIVES **3 to 5

* AGBUS 118; MATH 106, MATH 110 or higher, except for the following: 230, 250
** Approved Electives: HORT 132, 216, 218, 236

Students may apply credits earned toward the Horticulture- Turfgrass Management Associate in Applied Science degree program.  With this certificate, students may find employment in: turf management firms; parks; businesses and corporations; lawn care firms; golf courses; outdoor sports arenas.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1MATHEMATICS; AGRI 112; HORT 110; HORT 114; HORT 214
Spring Semester 1 AGRI 113; HORT 126; HORT 235; APPROVED ELECTIVES
Summer SemesterAPPROVED ELECTIVES

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department
AIT Building
Room 118
(309) 694-5415 or (309) 694-8446

Illinois Career Cluster

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource

Career Pathway:
Plant Systems

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Related Programs

Horticulture Landscape Management
Horticulture – Landscaping certificate
Horticulture Turfgrass Management

Accreditation

National accreditation by the National Associate of Landscape Professionals (NALP)

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