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Two-Cycle Engine Maintenance


Course Code: AL0255WA22

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Date & Time

Last Held: January 27, 2022
9:00am - 1:00pm EST (Log in time: 8:30am EST)

Next offering tentatively planned for January 2023. Registration will open when course date is confirmed.


Learn how to fix your own string trimmers! In this four-hour online class, instructor Joe Clark will explain how they work and why they often break down. He'll tell you what you can do to prevent the problems - and how to fix them.

Meet Your Instructor

Joe Clark, Rutgers OCPE Landscape course instructorJoe Clark

Joe Clark is the Research Farm Supervisor for the Horticultural Research Farm II at Rutgers. As such, he manages the operations of the farm, including research schedules, irrigation, and equipment. In addition to earning a BS in Environmental Planning, Landscape Industries from Rutgers University, Joe has also received technical training from Toro Factory Service School, Toro Grounds Master School, Bernhard Reel Grinding Seminars, Kohler Small Engine Service School, and Briggs & Stratton Small Engine Service.


The January 27, 2022 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

NJ Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits
4 Technical

Early Registration Fee TBD  
Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Check/money order/purchase order payments should be made out to: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
And mailed to: Office of Continuing Professional Education
Attn: Registration Dept.
102 Ryders Ln, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8519


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be delivered via Zoom.

Registration will close on January 25, 2022. On January 26, registrants will receive an email with a link to access the course. On January 27, please allow time to login. The course will start promptly at 9:00 am EST.

Equipment you will need to access this training:

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Microphone is necessary if you'd like to ask questions.
  • Webcam is optional but not necessary
  • Speaker is optional but not necessary (you will be able to listen to the presentation by dialing in on your phone if your computer does not have a speaker)

Photo ID Requirement:

Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.

  • You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
  • The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
  • After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, your account must be updated with a unique email address. To do this, please send an email to registration@njaes.rutgers.edu stating that your email address needs to be changed and include:

    • Your full name
    • The shared email address that needs to be changed
    • Your unique email address
    • A phone number where you can be reached if we have any questions

Note: Pre-registration is required.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our email list:
1. Click here to join our email list (please select "Landscape & Grounds Management" as your Area of Interest) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano, 848-932-7317
Administrative Assistant: Beth Perez, 848-932-7483

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is designed for any efficient employee, supervisor or crew member who uses and wants to properly maintain two-cycle engine hand-carried landscape power tools.  Our past participants come from a variety of organizations and job titles:

- Division of public works
- Firefighter
- Fleet maintenance
- Garage supervisor
- Golf course mechanic
- Golf course superintendent
- Laborer
- Landscape contractor
- Landscape designer
- Lawn maintenance
- Master mechanic
- Mechanic
- Motor pool foreman
- Parks maintenance worker
- Pipe fitter
- Road department staff

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