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Cooperative Extension: Water Resources

Master Pond Manager

The Master Pond Manager (MPM) 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, discussions, 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.

Registration closes on August 18th, 2024

About the Course

Depending on your track, the course may include seven parts (see specific track syllabus for details):

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

    Pond owners, pond management professionals, community staff, stormwater managers, landscapers, contractors, property managers, parks staff, planners, and developers. View our current list of Certified Master Pond Managers.

  • Course Structure

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

    Full Certificate Track ($500): Participants can choose to complete the full, nine-week online, two in-person field day 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 Master Pond Manager curriculum will also be eligible to receive three hours of recertification credits toward their Category 5 pesticide license. To maintain certification, participants must complete continuing education requirements. View the Full Certificate course syllabus.

    Letter of Completion in Management ($250): Alternatively, participants can complete an abbreviated five-week online and one in-person 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. View the Letter of Completion syllabus.

    NEW! Letter of Online Completion in Management ($200): This course includes the traditional online course content of the traditional Letter of Completion for recreational or stormwater pond owners but does not have an associated field day component. View the Letter of Online Completion syllabus.

  • Course Prerequisites

    To be recognized as a Master Pond Manager, participants must maintain a commercial or non-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.

  • Format

    The course will be offered through Clemson Extension 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 login below) if you have any questions about your technical access to the course.
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Program Coordinator

Derrick Phinney
Natural Resources Program Team Leader
Clemson Extension

Course Instructors

Lance Beecher, Ph.D.
Tancey Belken
Katie Collins
W. Cory Heaton, Ph.D.
Chuck Jarman, P.E.
Mallory Maher
Derrick Phinney
Amy Scaroni, Ph.D.
Catherine Watts
Jack Whetstone

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