Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School:
Frequently Asked Questions

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The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School’s Three Week Preparatory Course and Two Year Certificate Programs are great ways grow your career. Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about our internationally-recognized programs.

General Turf Management School FAQs
  1. Is financial aid available?
    Yes, financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, student loans and training grants. Because this is a non-credit program, traditional aid like FAFSA is not available. However, student loans (such as SallieMae) are available.  In addition, these programs have been approved for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill’s VA Training Program. The Three-Week Preparatory Course is approved for NJ’s One Stop Career Center. Visit our financial aid webpage for more information.  

  2. Is housing available?
    Yes, housing is available although it is not included in your tuition. We work with local hotels to secure the best possible rates for your extended stay.  There are also countless other housing accommodations near campus that you are free to research and choose from. Please note that because this is not a matriculated program, on-campus (dorm) housing is not available. Visit our local housing webpage for more information. 

  3. Where are these classes located?
    Classes are held in New Brunswick, New Jersey in multiple buildings. In addition, field visits are scheduled at various sites in central New Jersey.

  4. Do I need a car?
    No, you do not need a car, but it is strongly recommended. If you do not have a car to get to and from class each day, you can rent one, carpool with other students, stay in one of the facilities that offers a shuttle service or make other arrangements for daily transportation. Please note that classes are held in multiple locations and public transportation is not available. Visit our travel resources page for car rental information.

  5. Is this a distance learning program? Does Rutgers offer courses online?
    No, our certificate programs are not distance learning and we do not offer any turfgrass management courses online. We pride ourselves in offering students personalized attention from industry professionals, hands-on training and invaluable face to face networking. We strive to provide you with what we call a "ruthlessly practical" education and feel that field visits and hands-on training are necessary to do that. 

  6. Is a computer required?
    No, a lap top is not required, but it is highly recommended. We have a computer lab available for your use from 8:00am to 4:30pm and some of the housing options also offer computers with internet for their patrons. However, if you would like access to online course materials after hours, having your own computer and internet access will be helpful. 

  7. Are there health benefits at the school while I am attending classes?
    No, as a non-matriculated student, there is no health service plan while you attend classes through The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School.

  8. Who should attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School?
    • Golf course superintendents
    • Assistant golf course superintendents
    • Greenskeepers
    • Foremen
    • Irrigation technicians
    • Mechanics
    • Spray technicians
    • Other golf professionals with turf management responsibilities (e.g. owners, general managers, and developers)
    • Sports turf managers
    • College graduates in related fields who want to quickly establish a new career path
    • Veterans of the U.S. military
Two-Year Certificate Program FAQs
  1. How does the 10-week sessions schedule for the 2-Year Certificate Program work?
    To minimize your time away from work and home, our 2-Year Certificate Program consists of two full-time 10-week classroom sessions, sandwiched around a paid golf course internship. If you attend a Fall session, you work until the following October and attend the next Fall session. Likewise, if you participate in a Winter session, you will return for the following Winter offering. You cannot attend a Winter session directly after attending a Fall session because you must complete a 200+ hour turf management internship before starting the second session. Click here for a How-To Guide on earning a 2-Year Turf Certifcate from Rutgers.

  2. When are the Two-year Certificate sessions offered?
    We offer our 10-week classroom sessions every January through mid-March and October through mid-December. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day. Visit our Two-Year Certificate Program Details page for more specific session dates.

  3. Is the required internship paid? Will Rutgers help me find an internship?
    Yes, the required 200+ hour internship is a paid job and we will gladly help you secure a position. You may complete this in-service field experience in your current place of employment or we can assist you in locating an internship elsewhere.

  4. Are there any pre-requisites to qualify for the Two-Year Certificate Program?
    Working in the turfgrass management industry or a related field is required. The application process requires submission of two letters of recommendation (both can be from the same golf course), a high school and/or college (if applicable) transcript as well as a letter of intent – all of which are reviewed and considered. Visit our how to apply page for more information. 

  5. When can I apply for the Two-Year Certificate Program?
    We accept applications year round. For planning purposes and to reserve a seat in the session of your choice, it is best to apply as early as possible. Visit our how to apply page for more information. 

  6. How do I apply for the Two-Year Certificate Program?
    To apply for our Two-Year Certificate Program, you must:
    1. Complete the application form (online or in print)
    2. Submit a letter of intent
    3. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation
    4. Submit an official high school and college (if applicable) transcript
    5. Pay a $50 non-refundable application fee
    Visit our how to apply page for more information. 

  7. Is this a turf management certificate or a degree program?
    Since 1961, the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School has been one of the most respected certificate programs in the country. Learn more about us.

  8. How will a Two-Year Certificate help my career & salary?
    The average base salary of a golf course superintendent with a two-year certificate was $86,462 in 2013. That is $16,000 more per year than superintendents without a certificate.

  9. What kind of job can I expect?
    Rutgers graduates manage some of the top golf courses in the country and enjoy a wide variety of exciting turf career options. They also serve as building and grounds managers, turf consultants, irrigation technicians, and owners and operators of landscape firms. Others have secured sales positions with seed, irrigation, and equipment companies. Some have even landed "dream" jobs with major corporations, Major League Baseball stadiums, and NASCAR. Rutgers offers a job referral service to its students and members of the turf alumni association. Resume writing assistance is also part of the turf program.
Three-Week Preparatory Course FAQs
  1. How often is the Three-Week Preparatory Short offered?
    The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School offers the Three-Week Preparatory Course just once a year, every January. Visit our Three-Week Preparatory Course Details page for more information.

  2. Are there any pre-requisites for the Three-Week Preparatory Course?
    There are no pre-requisites and there is no application process. Simply register, pay and attend.

  3. How do I register for the Three-Week Preparatory Course?
    To register, fill out the online registration form or mail or fax the print registration form. Visit our how to register page for more information.

  4. How will the Three-Week Preparatory Course help my career and salary?
    This intense three week course will give you a solid foundation in the science and management skills necessary to advance your career. You will leave with a widely respected credential from a top-rated university on your resume. Plus, you can actively connect with your classmates, instructors and other alumni for invaluable networking.