Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management

Students working in a turfgrass lab.

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.

Learn More

Join us on March 9 for our Online Turfgrass Management Program Information Night, to learn more about the turfgrass program. This event will include a program presentation and panel including program experts, current students, and alumni.

Learn more and register for the Online Turfgrass Management Program Information night here.

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

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.

NOTE: DTM students are required to participate in a 15-week internship between semesters 2 and 3. This paid internship is completed in the summer months between first and second year of the program.

Career Opportunities

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

What Grads are Doing

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

Head shot of Matthew.

"What originally attracted me to the turf industry is that it involves a good mixture of art and science. Having the ability to analyze turf using objective measurements while at the same time understanding that we are at the mercy of the environment makes for fun and exciting learning experiences."
-Matthew Smit, golf course assistant superintendent

Read the rest of Matthews's profile here.


Our OAC Student Liaison team is here to help! Have you applied to or are you considering this program, but have some questions? Not sure who to ask? Ask us! Our team of program experts will happily answer your questions or direct them to the people who can. Ask your questions here.