CCE Turfgrass Pathology Course

Turfgrass managers are constantly dealing with turfgrass pathology problems. Whether on a golf course, home lawn, park, or athletic field, turfgrass diseases can significantly damage turf in the Midwest. As governmental agencies continue to regulate inputs on turfgrass, it will be important for turfgrass managers to know how to meet new turfgrass management challenges—especially concerning turfgrass diseases. Each disease has a unique profile and requires different tactics for effective control.

This online course will equip turfgrass managers with the expertise necessary for controlling diseases in this challenging environment. At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to diagnose the Upper Midwest turfgrass diseases presented in this course and then determine control measures for the diseases using both cultural and chemical methods. Specifically, students will learn how to describe the correct procedure for taking a disease sample, correctly identify a disease when given visual symptoms, explain the signs and symptoms of major diseases, name effective chemical controls, and describe possible cultural controls.

This is an online course presented in Moodle, an e-learning platform using a number of interactive instructional tools including audio and video clips, discussion boards, formula calculators, and case studies, along with instructor feedback.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to plant pathology
  • Cultural and chemical control of turfgrass diseases
  • Foliar diseases of turf
  • Patch disease of turf
  • Rusts and smuts
  • Anthracnose

Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed for anybody who works with turfgrass, including park supervisors, lawn care providers, lawn and landscape maintenance employees, landscapers, sports turf managers, golf course superintendents, and others.


  • Register
  • Cost: $75
  • Please note: After you complete your registration, it will take one business day for you to receive access to the course.


  • Students will earn 1.0 Roads Scholar credit
  • To the best of our knowledge, this course meets the continuing education requirements for 12.0 PDHs as outlined in Minnesota Statute 326.107. More information concerning continuing education for professionals is online.

More Information

For content-related questions, please contact Eric Watkins at 612-624-7496 or For registration questions, please contact Zack McGough at 612-624-3492 or

Additional information is also available on the CCE course web page.


This course is offered through the College of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Minnesota.