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Turfgrass Pest Management

Turfgrass Pest Management

Turfgrass IPM


About Certification:

The National Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has approved this course for three (3) Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

The Professional Golf Association (PGA) of America has approved this course for 40 Continuing Education (CE) hours.

To determine if this course has been approved for certification, recertification, or continuing education credits in your state, contact your state's pesticide training office or certifying agency.

Well-manicured turfgrass is everywhere you turn home lawns, industrial grounds, golf courses, athletic fields, and shopping centers. The list goes on and on as more property managers turn to professionals to maintain their green spaces and keep them free from pests. However, the demand for trained turf-pest management professionals far exceeds the supply. Position yourself now to take advantage of this growing demand by enrolling in Turfgrass Pest Management.

Turfgrass IPM is a comprehensive training program that focuses on turfgrass management and the importance of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). You will learn about chemical pesticides and environmental consequences; equipment and calibration; turfgrass diseases and their control; and the identification, biology, and management of weeds, diseases, insects, and vertebrate pests in both warm- and cool-season turfgrass.

Course Work

Course work includes reading assignments and chapter exams that are completed and returned to Purdue University to be graded. When you have completed the course work, a final exam will be sent to a proctor selected by you. Your proctor will administer the exam and return it to Purdue to be graded. Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate from Purdue University.

You can expect to complete your course work in 80-100 hours.

Who will benefit from this course?

Turf professionals
Lawn care applicators
Golf course grounds keepers
Commercial sod growers
Landscape pest management professionals
Sports turfgrass managers
Chemical industry personnel

Delivery Options

Correspondence and Online


Open. You may enroll at any time. You will have one year from your date of enrollment to complete the program. If you cannot complete the course in one year, you may purchase a one-time, six-month extension for $50. Regardless of when it is purchased, the six-month extension begins the day after the course expires. This course is eligible to be transferred to another student if no lessons have been submitted for grading, either online or by correspondence. The original course expiration date will apply to the alternate student.


Course Fee $300 (Online Course Fee $295)
Textbook $125
Shipping and Handling $10 Domestic
$40 Canada
$90 International


Professor Timothy J. Gibb, IPM Turfgrass Specialist, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
Professor Clark S. Throssell, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
Robert M. Corrigan, Animal Damage Specialist, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
Zachary J. Reicher, Turfgrass Extension Specialist, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
Fred Whitford, Coordinator, Purdue Pesticides Program, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University
Gene White, Industry Training Director
For more information: pest@purdue.edu