This online course covers basic soil science, soil fertility, organic management of nutrients, and turf and horticultural nutrient needs.  The course highlights information from the Urban Nutrient Handbook and the Virginia Nutrient Management Standards and Criteria 2014 and is intended to help individuals in preparing for the Virginia Nutrient Management Certification exam in Turf and Landscape.  Please visit the Department of Conservation website for more information about the Nutrient Management program.

This course is presented by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.



This course is provided in a series of self-paced modules that correspond to chapters in the Urban Nutrient Management Handbook. Each module contains one or more video presentations, a reading assignment, links to additional resources, and a required quiz to test your knowledge of the material presented.  The titles and presenters for each module are as follows:

Chapter 1. The Objectives of Turf and Landscape Nutrient Management

Chapter 2. General Soil Science Principles

Chapter 3. Managing Urban Soils

Chapter 4. Basic Soil Fertility

Chapter 5. Soil Sampling and Nutrient Testing

Chapter 6. Mid-Atlantic Turfgrasses and Their Management

Chapter 7. The Ornamental Landscape

Chapter 8. Fertilizer and Lime Sources for Turf and Landscapes

Chapter 9. Organic and Inorganic Soil Amendments

Chapter 11. Soil-Water Budgets and Irrigation Sources and Timing

Chapter 12. Principles of Stormwater Management

Learner Outcomes

In taking this course, it is understood that the results of the completion of this course and registration information will be shared with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Nutrient Management Program staff.

This course satisfies the education requirement to sit for DCR Certified Nutrient Management Planner exam in the Turf and Landscape category.


Registration Deadline: Dec 1, 2019

Cost: $125

Payment methods: Credit cards only

Refund Policy: No refunds available

Instructor Contact Information:

Nick Yakish, Urban Nutrient Management Coordinator

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

600 E. Main St., 24th Floor

Richmond, VA 23219

Office: 804-371-7489

Cell: 804-389-5439


Accessing the Course:

Virginia Tech utilizes the Canvas learning management system for online courses.

You will receive an email from Virginia Tech Guest Management Service (iam@vt.edu) with the subject line Virginia Tech Guest Account Invitation. It is important that you watch for this email as it has a temporary link for you to activate your Virginia Tech guest account and set your password. You must active your VT guest account within 7 days of receiving the email or the invitation will expire.

If you do not receive the email from iam@vt.edu, you should contact 4Help. To reach 4Help, go to https://4help.vt.edu, or call (540) 231-4357.

Within 6 hours of activating your VT guest account, you will receive an email from Virginia Tech Canvas (notifications@instructure.com) with the subject line Course Enrollment. This email indicates you can now log into Canvas and begin the course.

Sign in to Canvas and access the course at https://profdev-lms.tlos.vt.edu/courses/315. Your username is the email address used to create your Virginia Tech guest account. The password is the one you set when creating the account.

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