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2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Horticulture, Turf, Certificate

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The Turf  certificate will allow students to earn recognition for work completed in the area of turf maintenance. This certificate will provide students with the opportunity to develop specific skills related to the maintenance of such turfgrass areas as lawns, parks, athletic fields and golf courses.

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Program Details

Location: Ankeny

Students may start any semester

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Turf certificate,  a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 18

These credits are applicable to the AAS degree in Horticulture  .

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$174.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2
Books (approximate) 400 300

Costs can be reduced by renting textbooks or buying e-texts. Students can expect to spend up to an additional $100 for field trips and membership in professional organizations.

Approximate total for certificate: $3,832**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Mowing, fertilization, pesticide application, aeration, top dressing and marking of commercial, and recreational turf areas.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Understanding of turf in response to human, climate, and soils influences.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

  • This may initially lead to seasonal employment only; experience over time may lead to full-time employment.

Program Competencies

  1. Identify factors that influence plant growth.
  2. Correlate soil characteristics with their impacts on plant growth.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of plant taxonomy, morphology, physiology and pathology.
  4. Determine proper plant selection, planting, pruning and other cultural practices.
  5. Establish positive safety practices and procedures.
  6. Demonstrate basic job and human relation skills

Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at (2021)

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