Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management

The Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management (ADTM) program is designed to provide students with the skills to succeed in the turfgrass industry. The program utilizes the resources of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute which includes University of Guelph faculty and staff, industry professionals and the grounds, workshop and laboratory facilities of the Institute. Practical and scientific study is combined with a required summer work semester to provide students with a wide range of experience and knowledge. Program format: on-campus, in-person.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management program should present as a minimum requirement:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum 60% average in the final year of study excluding workplace courses
  • Applicants who do not meet the above requirements may also be considered if they will be 19 years of age at the date of enrolment and have been out of secondary school for at least one year
  • Preference is given to applicants with a minimum of one year's experience in the turfgrass industry
  • Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to complete general or advanced, College (C), University (U), or University/College (M) course types at the grade 11 and 12 level in mathematics, biology, and chemistry
  • All applicants are required to complete and submit the Background Information Form

How to Apply

Sample First Year Courses

Semester 1

  • The Turf Industry
  • The Identification and Care of Landscape Plants in Turf Environments
  • Plant Biology
  • Turf Equipment
  • Turf Soil Principles
  • Turf Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Co-op Education

Semester 2

  • Turf Management
  • The Identification and Care of Landscape Plants in Turf Environments II
  • Turf Irrigation and Drainage
  • Computers and Math for Turf
  • Landscape Design
  • Turf Environmental Management

Courses in the second year of this two-year diploma program prepare students to take on the business of turf management with courses like Human Resources Management, Business and Finance for Turf, and Design and Construction of Golf Courses and Sports Fields. Full course descriptions and a listing of second year courses can be found in the diploma program calendar.

DTM Co-op

Students are required to work full-time for a minimum of 15 weeks following winter semester 2, in the summer months between first and second year. The paid co-op work term must be in the field of turfgrass management. Throughout semester 1 and 2, students will work with the DTM Manager and University of Guelph’s Experiential Learning Hub to seek out, interview for, and secure their co-op position. Learn more about DTM co-op here.

Career Opportunities

  • Golf course superintendent
  • Sports field manager
  • Sod production and sales manager
  • Lawn care specialist

What Students are Saying

Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Meet them here: 

Head shot of Carl.

"The small class sizes are by far my favourite part. My class is a tight-knit group already, and we get to know our instructors well. The program also blends in hands-on learning coupled with turfgrass management theories, so we understand both sides." - Carl Shin, turfgrass management student

Read the rest of  Carl's profile here.

What Grads are Doing

Want to know what types of exciting careers our graduates have? Meet a few here:

Lauren sitting on an orange tractor.

"I, along with another assistant, coordinate with the director on all aspects that include planning, preparing, and improving the golf course. My role includes staff scheduling, pay roll, forecasting and budgeting water usage, inventory management, overseeing chemical applications and daily supervision of 30 staff." -Lauren Lasocha, senior agronomist

Read the rest of Lauren's profile here.

Learn about other alumni through the following profiles:


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