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Principles and Fundamentals of Weed Science (A1)

Event date/time: 
Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 9:00am to 2:30pm
Event Type: 
$95; $86/pp when registering 3 or more from the same company (10% discount)

Instructor: Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Weed Specialist

A critical first step in the development of a weed or invasive plant management program is a strong and complete understanding of several principles and fundamentals of the discipline of weed science.  The session will cover the topics of weed biology, weed ecology, herbicide modes-of-action, herbicide timings and more.

This workshop is Session A1 of the 4-part Invasive Plant Certification Program.

NOTE: 2023 will be the last year we offer this certification program.

Partial reimbursement for the cost of this Invasive Plant Certification class is available in 2023 for eligible Massachusetts employers thru the Workforce Training Fund Program's Express Program: Must apply 21 days in advace of each class selected. Here is the info you will need for your application.

  • Course Name: UMass Extension Principles and Fundamentals of Weed Science (A1)
  • Course ID#:     1135822
  • Cost:                $95/pp for up to 2 from the same company (per person rate); $86/pp for 3 or more from the same company (group rate per person)


While turf and landscape professionals might be very proficient in the development of a weed management program for turf and/or landscape, invasive plant management often reveals many new and unique challenges to these professionals. This 4-day program is intended to help participants meet these challenges when attempting to develop an invasive plant management program as part of their business. A certificate in Invasive Plant Management may be obtained by attending all four sessions and obtaining a passing grade on each. To earn the certificate, sessions A1 - A3 can be taken in any order, but must be taken prior to Session B, Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program. All sessions may also be taken individually. Attendees are encouraged to take all four sessions in one season to get the most out of the information.


Pesticide credits: 4 pesticide contact hours in categories 29, 36, 37, 40, 48, and Applicator’s License; valid for equivalent categories in all New England states. 
Association credits: 4.5 ISA, 1 MCH, 2 MCA, and 2 MCLP.

Contact's name: 
Ellen Weeks
Contact's email: 
Contact's phone on day of event: 
(413) 545-0895
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