Overview

Plant Husbandry introduces some of the most common pests, weeds and diseases which are encountered on a golf course.

You will gain knowledge on how to identify correctly pests, weeds and disease symptoms and learn how to deal with pests and weeds and also to treat turfgrass diseases. It is appropriate for those wishing to acquire an introductory knowledge of plant protection.

On completion of the unit you will be able to identify a range of common weeds, pests, diseases and non-pathogenic disorders and of appropriate techniques to control common infestations.


Outcomes

  • Identify a range of common weeds, pests, diseases and non-pathogenic disorders.
  • Describe a range of common weeds, pests, diseases and non-pathogenic disorders and their effects on plant growth and development.
  • Outline appropriate methods of control of a range of common infestations.


Who is this course for?

  • Greenkeepers
  • Gardeners
  • Landscapers
  • Everyone interested in pursuing a career in sports field management


Features

  • Online, work at your own pace.
  • View content on any device, computers, tablets and smartphones (fully responsive).
  • Documents can be downloaded for offline reading.
  • Average study time estimated at 20 hours.
  • End of course multiple choice assessment (3 attempts to achieve an 80% pass rate).
  • Course completion certificate issued.
  • Level of education equivalent to Level 5 (Higher and Advanced National Certificates).
  • English language.
  • Rich content, images, videos, audio, documents, etc.
  • We accept a wide variety of payment methods (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discovery and PayPal).


Associated qualifications

This course is a stand-alone certification and you will earn a certificate upon successful completion of the course material and assessment. However, it is 1 of 9 courses towards the ‘Certification in International Greenkeeping' qualification. To obtain your full qualification in ‘International Greenkeeping’ you will be required to follow this learning path:

  1. Complete all 9 courses with an assessment at the end of each course.
  2. Complete an overall assessment. Upon successful completion you will earn a certificate for the theory element of the 'International Greenkeeping' qualification. 
  3. Complete practical training at Silver Lakes Golf Estate or at one of our accredited golf clubs near you. 
  4. Undertake a final assessment after your practical training. Upon successful completion you will earn the full ‘Certification in International Greenkeeping' qualification. 

Please contact us if you have any questions or for further information.

Supported By

The R&A recognises the key role of greenkeepers in preparing golf courses for play and in taking care of the natural environment. The R&A invests in programmes which provide direct assistance to greenkeepers and is working to support greenkeepers in their key role through its advocacy of sustainable course development and management. Education is vital to the future sustainability of golf.

What Our Students Say

Ruan Britz - Class of 2019 & 2020

“During my 16 months at African Turf Academy I have learnt so much, not to mention the experience I gained. I was fortunate to work at the Omega Dubai Desert Classics, 2020. This opened new opportunities to my future. I therefore highly recommend African Turf Academy to you as they offer you not only confidence and knowledge, but also great opportunities.”

Heinrich Bandat - Class of 2020

“Really enjoying my time at African Turf Academy as a first year. They have a great education system in place to open doors in the golf space for the green keeping side and great coaching if you want to become a professional golfer. Can’t wait to continue my journey at this prestigious academy.”

Course Plan

  Introduction
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  Introduction to Plant Husbandry
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  Chemical Controls
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  Turfgrass Diseases
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  Turfgrass Weeds
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  Non-Pathogenic Disorders
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  Course Completion Assessment
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  Course Feedback Survey
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Course Price

$159

Basic Plan

Course Material, Assessment & Certificate

$209

Premium Plan

Course Material, Assessment & Certificate + 2 Hours Instructor Time

Online meetings will be held via ZOOM.

$309

Premium Merchandise Plan

Course Material, Assessment & Certificate + 2 Hours Instructor Time + ATA Branded Golf Shirt & Cap

Online meetings will be held via ZOOM. African Turf Academy (ATA) branded golf shirt make is FootJoy (FJ) and cap make is Ahead, only the best!

Instructor For This Course

Derek Daily

Derek is the Director of Education at African Turf Academy. He studied Greenkeeping and Golf Course Management, is a scholar of the R&A and has international experience as a professional Greenkeeper in Ireland, Scotland and Sweden. There is no better person to guide you through your studies!

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