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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Turf Maintenance

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The Turf Maintenance 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.

For more information about the Turf Maintenance certificate, please visit our website at https://go.dmacc.edu/programs/ag/horticulture/Pages/welcome.aspx

Location: Ankeny

Students start any semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Graduation Requirements

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


Semester 2 (Summer)

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 21

These credits are applicable to the AAS degree in Horticulture  .

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Any Semester
Books (approximate) 400 100 300  
Field trips/memberships       $100

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: $3,987*

* 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.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in employment, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. 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. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator may be contacted at 515-964-6857.  For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850. (2016)

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