Download Adobe Reader

Master Pond Manager

The Master Pond Manager (MPM) achievement course is designed to teach participants a wide range of pond management knowledge and skills. As a "hybrid" course combining online and face-to-face learning, it will incorporate self-paced lectures, discussion, quizzes, and other web-based methods of participant-instructor interaction, along with hands-on participation activities in the field.

To learn more, watch our course introduction video, and read more details about the course below.



Depending on your track, the course may include six parts (see Syllabus for details):

  • Recreational Pond Design, Permitting, and Management Strategies
  • Stormwater Pond Design, Inspection, and Maintenance
  • Limnology
  • Integrated Aquatic Plant Management
  • Best Management Practices for Stormwater Ponds
  • Fish Management

INTENDED AUDIENCE. Pond owners, pond management professionals, community staff, stormwater managers, landscapers, contractors, property managers, parks staff, planners, and developers. Click here to see our current list of Certified Master Pond Managers.

COURSE STRUCTURE. Course curriculum is offered through two tracks, the full Master Pond Manager certificate or a letter of completion in management.

MASTER POND MANAGER ($500). Participants can choose to complete the full, six-module e-learning, field curriculum, and exam to obtain the marketable Master Pond Manager recognition. Master Pond Managers will be recognized through this program for their achievement and increase in knowledge in both recreational and stormwater pond management. Participants who complete the full six-week Master Pond Manager curriculum will also be eligible to receive 3 hours of recertification credits toward their Category 5 pesticide license. To maintain certification, participants must complete continuing education requirements.

LETTER OF COMPLETION IN MANAGEMENT ($250). Alternatively, participants can complete an abbreviated four-module e-learning and field curriculum to gain a “Letter of Completion” in:

  • Recreational Pond Management, or
  • Stormwater Pond Management.

This abbreviated course option is designed to allow private pond owners, such as a homeowner association member, the opportunity to gain content knowledge in one of the pond management areas without the rigor of the full achievement program. There is no exam or continuing education requirements associated with the Letter of Completion track.

COURSE PREREQUISITES. To be recognized as a Master Pond Manager, participants must maintain a commercial pesticide license in Category 5, Aquatic Pest Control, or a non-commercial or private license. There are no prerequisites to participate in the “Letter of Completion” track.

iPad screenshot

FORMAT. The course will be offered through Clemson's Center for Watershed Excellence and includes online and in-person curriculum.

The online classroom will feature:

  • Learn from home or work using computer or tablet/iPad
  • Complete coursework on your schedule and at your pace
  • Earn certification and professional development hours
  • Learn from local experts with material specific to South Carolina’s conditions, soils, regulations, experiences and practices

Each track of the course will also include a field day component to get hands-on tracking with experts.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS.

  • Since this course delivers lecture, video, and interaction material via the internet, the participant must have access to a desktop computer, a laptop, or a tablet (iPad, Android). A computer that is 5 years old or newer is strongly recommended. At least 1GB of RAM is required. More details here.
  • To use an iPad, it must be able to run iOS 8 or newer. An Android device must be able to Android 4.0.3 or newer. More details here. There is a free app you can download for either platform.
  • A broadband (DSL, Cable, etc) internet service is required to access learning content.
  • The course content is accessed via your web browser, so no special software is required. Adobe Flash is NOT required, though it may enhance your experience on a computer.
  • On a tablet (iPad and Android), a free mobile application is offered for ease of use.
  • Don't hesitate to give us a call (see right sidebar) if you have any questions about your technical access to the course.

logo

Registration
The Fall 2017 course is now open for registation. After reviewing the details on this page, click the button below to register. Registration closes 9/13/2017, or when the course fills.

Click here to register for Master Pond Manager

Fall 2017 Course
The Fall 2017 course will run online from mid-September through early November, with in-person field days held in the Sumter, SC area on November 1 and/or 2. Review the course syllabus for details.

Program Coordinator
Guinn Wallover
Water Resources Agent
Clemson Extension
843.730.5210

Fall 2017 Host
Katie Altman-Goff
Water Resources Agent
Clemson Extension
803.773.5561

Program Team
Kimberly Counts Morganello
W. Cory Heaton, Ph.D.
Dan Hitchcock, Ph.D., P.E.
Ben Powell
Derrick Phinney
Guinn Wallover
Jack Whetstone
Michael Griffin

Login

  • If you're a current course participant, click here to login to the online classroom. Unless you have a clemson.edu account, you will click the sign-in link for "Continuing & Professional Education".
  • If you're a certified Master Pond Manager, click here to login to our Certified Master Pond Manager Virtual Hub.