The 10-course program may be completed through the mail or on the Internet. It doesn't require admission tests or transcripts. And it's open to people who want to start or continue a series of college credit courses.
The certification allows students to move at their own pace. They can take up to 12 months to complete each course.
"The built-in flexibility will allow even the busiest professional to continue his or her education," said Keith Karnok, professor of turfgrass management with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
University System of Georgia Independent Study developed the certification along with the CAES and the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America provided input.
(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)