UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program

Invasive Plant Certification Program

In the last several years, there has been growing interest in invasive plants and their management. 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. 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.

Aegopodium podagraria - Bishop's goutweedA certificate in INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT may be obtained by attending all four sessions and obtaining a passing grade for 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 will be offered annually to facilitate earning the certificate over more than one year’s time. All sessions may also be taken individually.

The four sessions are presented as follows:

  • Principles and Fundamentals of Weed Science (A1): 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    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. Covers weed biology, weed ecology, herbicide modes-of-action, herbicide timings and more. Four pesticide contact hours in categories 29, 36, 40, and Applicator's License.
     
  • State Regulations Pertaining to Invasive Plant Management (A2): 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    While landscape and turf professionals may be knowledgeable about the state regulations that govern the type of work they normally do, regulations that govern certain aspects of invasive plant management may be different. Covers state regulations including the Wetlands Protection Act, the Rivers Protection Act, and pesticide regulations, including those specific to right-of-ways. Three pesticide contact hours in categories 29, 36, 40, and Applicator's License.
     
  • The Invasive Plant Issue and Invasive Plant Identification (A3): 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Why should you be concerned? Enhance your ability to readily identify invasive plants as well as their look-alikes. Discussion of the strategies and recommendations of the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group, and the recently released Early Detection/Rapid Response Priority List document. Four  pesticide contact hours in categories 29, 36, 40, and Applicator's License.
     
  • Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program (B): 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Develop and implement an invasive plant management program, including management tips and strategies, herbicide selection and timing, non-chemical strategies, and ways to avoid common program pitfalls. Four pesticide contact hours in categories 29, 36, 40, and Applicator's License.

For currently scheduled session dates, refer to our Educational Events listing.

For additional information, contact the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program at (413) 545-0895 or eweeks@umext.umass.edu.