Advanced Certificate in Green Keeping Online Course

From: $100.00 Inc GST $100.00 x 25 Fortnights


This Advanced Certificate in Green Keeping course comprises of 3 core modules and 1 elective. These core modules will take you from the very start with Green Keeping A (Introduction) through to advanced Green Keeping B (Sports Turf Management), and Green Keeping C (Maintenance and Renovation) of existing lawns, greens and turf in a wide variety of situations that the turf manager/groundmen may encounter.

This course is online and/or correspondence and is suitable for:

  • groundmen
  • horticulturalists
  • lawn maintenance businesses
  • home / garden enthusiasts

The elective modules provides options to extend your knowledge with options including Starting a Small Business (suitable for students wanting to start a lawn mowing business for example) or Irrigation (Gardens).

Detailed Course Outline

This Advanced Certificate in Green Keeping course is made up of a number of lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

There are 4 modules in this course:

1. Green Keeping A

    • Introduction
    • Turf Grass Physiology
    • Turf Establishment
    • Soils
    • Turf Weed Problems
    • Turf Pests and Diseases
    • Turf Maintenance Techniques
    • Irrigation – An Overview
    • Playing Fields and Bowling Greens
    • Managing Established Turf
    • Establishing Ornamental Turf

2. Green Keeping B

    • Turf Variety Selection
    • Mowing
    • Cultivation Techniques
    • Preparing for Play on Sports grounds
    • Preparing for Play of Greens
    • Turf Protection and Preservation
    • Irrigation and Drainage
    • Evaluate Maintenance Facilities
    • Develop a Management Plan

3. Green Keeping C

    • Understanding Turf Deterioration
    • Repair and Renovation Equipment
    • Turf Cultivation Techniques
    • Health Improvement Techniques
    • Optimizing Turf Usage
    • Replacing Damaged Turf
    • Renovation of Degraded Turf
    • Eradicating Turf Weeds
    • Treating Aeration and Drainage Problems
    • Managing a Turf Nursery

4. Suggested Elective – Choose one (1)

    • Irrigation (Gardens)
    • Starting a Small Business

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It’s okay if you don’t want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.



Your Tutor

Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
Barbara Tremain

Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design.