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. What is the COVID-19 vaccination policy for the Rutgers Turf Management School?
    All those attending the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School 2-Year Certificate Program on campus must comply with the most recently adopted Rutgers University COVID-19 operating protocols as they apply to University affiliates.

    • All attendees must provide proof of vaccination* before entering a Rutgers facility. This applies to all populations: student, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors.
      • Vaccination cards must be presented with a matching valid photo ID before the first day of the session.
      • Not accepted at this time: negative COVID tests, proof of antibody levels, or exemptions.
    • Effective Monday, April 4, 2022, use of face coverings in offices, conference rooms, research labs, housing, and public spaces in buildings will be optional. However, use of appropriate face coverings will still be required in all teaching spaces (classrooms, lecture halls, seminar rooms, etc.), teaching labs, computer labs, buses, libraries, and clinical facilities. Additionally, face coverings will continue to be required in student-staff and student-faculty meeting spaces.

    * To ensure adequate time for an immune response to occur, a person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series (Pfizer or Moderna) or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

    For up to date information on Rutgers Covid-19 policies, please go to:

    This policy does not apply for students attending the online 3-Week Preparatory Course.

    (Adopted 03/09/2022)

  2. 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 educational benefits through the GI Bill® 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.  

    GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

  3. Can I get a 1098-T form?
    The programs offered by the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School are non-credit programs. As a result, we do not provide 1098-T forms. However, our students may be eligible for the Lifetime Learning tax credit. Visit our financial aid webpage and scroll down to the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit section for more information.

  4. Is housing available?
    Please note that housing is not necessary for students attending online sessions.  

    For students attending in person sessions, 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.

  5. Where are these classes located?
    Classes for our Two-Year Certificate Program are held in New Brunswick, New Jersey in multiple buildings. In addition, field visits are scheduled at various sites in central New Jersey. (* Federal, state, and Rutgers regulations permitting.) Our Three-Week Preparatory Course is held online.

  6. Do I need a car?
    Please note that a car is not necessary for students attending online sessions.

    For students attending in person sessions, 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. 

  7. Is this a distance learning program? Does Rutgers offer courses online?
    Although our programs are traditionally classroom-based, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided us with the opportunity to adapt our courses to an online format. Currently, the 3-Week Preparatory Course will be conducted online.

  8. Is a computer required?
    For students attending online sessions, a computer is required.

    For students attending in person sessions, 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. 

  9. 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.

  10. 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 8:30am to 2:30pm 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, a resumé or CV, and 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 a current resumé or CV
    5. Submit an official high school and college (if applicable) transcript
    6. 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 $91,187 in 2017. This is close to the average base salary for those who have earned 4-year degrees.

  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 email 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.