Horticulture Turfgrass Operations


The Horticulture Turfgrass Operations program prepares students for entry-level employment in the turfgrass industry, or to pursue the Horticulture Turfgrass Management Associate in Applied Science degree.

Scholarships available – and one might have your name on it

Students in this certificate program will develop the technical knowledge of turfgrass management and apply their skills to entry-level employment in the green industry. 

A Quality Education

The horticulture land lab and arboretum provide students access to a living landscape where they can hone their turfgrass installation and maintenance skills.

Get Involved

Opportunities for students include the Horticulture Club, National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC), and ICC’s Landscape & Garden Day

Career Opportunities

Lawncare Technician, Irrigation Technician, Sports Turf Equipment Operator, Park Maintenance Operator, Golf Course Crew Member, Grounds Staff


12 Months

if Full Time

3 Semesters28 Total Credit Hours

What if I attend part-time?

Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.



+ supplies & fees

Based on 2024-25

What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.


10 Students

average per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.

View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

Meet Our Students and Alumni

Kaleb’s PTK Recognition: Unexpected Honor
Griffin Dahlberg Receives the DPET Outstanding Graduate Award
From Classroom to Auction: Ty’s Success at Illinois Beef Expo 2023
Chase Transitions from Farm to Classroom at ICC

Individuals who love working outdoors, working with people, being creative, and taking care of the environment will feel right at home working in the green industry.

Corinne Brown, Associate Professor, Horticulture Program Coordinator
Let’s Get Started ▸

How Do I Get Into the Horticulture Turfgrass Operations Program?

If you want to take the first step to working in turfgrass management, then this certificate program might be for you. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
  2. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  3. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
  4. High school courses in environmental science, biology, technical drawing, and agriculture are beneficial for this program.
  5. Working with your personal lawn or garden, or a community garden club, or working at a local garden center or nursery is good preparation for the program.

What Can I Expect As a Horticulture Turfgrass Operations Student?

How Am I Going to Manage This?


Edwards Library / Administration Building » L220C
East Peoria Campus
Mon-Fri: 8 am – 4:30 pm