In September 2005, the Office of Open Learning, University of Guelph, begun to offer a new online program, which is of interest to golf course superintendents. The six-course Certificate provides golf course superintendents the flexibility to gain valuable knowledge at a time and place convenient to them. All that is required is a computer, an Internet connection, and a willingness to engage in interactive learning.

The new Maintaining Golf Courses Certificate launched September 19th, 2005. There are 6 courses in total; Turf Management, Arboriculture, Weed Management in Turf, Irrigation, Golf Course Design and Construction and Environmental Management of the Golf Course.

EMGC enables students to assess the internal environmental compliance level of their operating facility and helps identify areas for improvement. Several environmental issues facing golf course management are discussed including equipment wash areas and effluent disposal; pesticide storage; understanding the Canadian pesticide registration process and its influence on IPM; public relations, etc.

Students study at home – there are no classes or seminars to attend. Environmental Management of the Golf Course has been awarded 3.6 Education Points from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). The education points are applicable towards Class A and certification entry and renewal for GCSAA members.

For more information about the new Maintaining Golf Courses Certificate, contact the Office of Open Learning, University of Guelph, at (519) 767-5000, send an email to info@open.uoguelph.ca, or visit: http://www.open.uoguelph.ca/offerings/offering.aspx?id=2702

Course starts January 11th, 2010