The North Carolina Certified Turfgrass Professional (NCCTP) program is a comprehensive program developed to enhance the technical competency of turfgrass professionals while elevating your professional image, that of your business and of the turfgrass management industry.  Administered by the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina, the NCCTP designation confirms your expertise in turfgrass management to prospective customers and your peers.

Reasons to Begin Earning Your NCCTP Designation Today!

  • The NCCTP program increases and enhances your turfgrass industry knowledge, career and business development through a course of study of indepth coverage of the science of turfgrass management.
  • The NCCTP designation offers immediate confidence and credibility to customers and prospective employers.
  • Promote and market yourself as a North Carolina Certified Turfgrass Professional.
    • Use the NCCTP logo on your business materials.
    • Use NCCTP pins, uniform patches and vehicle decals.
    • Your TCNC Member Directory listing is distinguished with the NCCTP logo.
  • The NC State Certified Turfgrass Professional Short Course*, a comprehensive turfgrass education program, is offered annually at select NC State Extension locations and at NC State University.
  • The Short Course* offers a full curriculum of the science of turfgrass management as well as Continuing Education Credits for NCDACS Pesticide and NCLCLB Landscape Contractors' license holders and will help you prepare for the NCCTP exam.
  • *This course is not required to take the NCCTP exam though it is highly recommended.

Enrollment Requirements:

  • Hold a current TCNC membership.  If not a member, click these links to join online or download an application.
  • Have a minimum of one full year of work experience in the turfgrass industry.
  • Agree to the NCCTP Code of Ethics as detailed on the application form.
  • Submit:
    • A current and valid NC Pesticide applicators license
    • A completed NCCTP Enrollment Application (current members may apply online).
    • NCCTP Program Application: $150*
    • Exam Fee: $50
    • Self-Study Materials: $50
    • *Approved Turfgrass Short Course Graduates within the past two years qualify for exemption of the application fee with provision of documentation.  Submit your Short Course documentation to upon completion of the program application.
  • Enrollment & Maintenance Requirement Details

Curriculum and Exam:

  • Curriculum covers nine core areas: Turfgrass Characteristics; Establishing Turfgrass; Soils & Nutrient Management; Cultural Practices; Pests & Integrated Pest Management; Pesticides & Plant Growth Regulators; Landscape Safety & Pesticide Use; Calculations & Calibration; Turfgrass Business & Economics. (Full curriculum content)
  • Candidates have six months from the date of their enrollment acceptance to complete the NCCTP exam.  
  • Candidates have six hours to complete the exam and must score 80% or more on each section to receive the NCCTP designation.
  • Exams can be taken at the TCNC office in Raleigh during normal business hours or arrangements can be made at your local NC State Extension location.
  • Exams will not be graded if any application information is missing or if TCNC membership status cannot be confirmed.
  • Please allow two to three weeks for exam grading and reports.
  • Upon successful completion of the exam, candidates will receive communication of the results with next step options or their graduation packet.

Maintenance Requirements:

  • Holding a current TCNC membership as a means of demonstrating ongoing support for the industry.
  • Submitting an annual $50 renewal fee which supports for the NCCTP program and related promotional activities (designation year is July 1 to June 30, same as TCNC membership year).
  • Holding a current NC Pesticide Applicator's License
  • Enrollment & Maintenance Requirement Details

The NC Certified Turfgrass Professional designation (NCCTP), the NCCTP logo and related programs materials are the trademarked property of the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina and cannot be used without TCNC’s written permission. For additional information, contact TCNC at 919.459.2070.

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