National code: AHC31319

Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

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Overview About this course

Make the grass always greener on both sides of the field as a greenkeeper for iconic sporting venues. Gain the skills to construct, maintain, prepare and restore sports turf surfaces while working outdoors, supporting the sports community.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Safely operate a variety of specialist sports turf machinery
    Sample and test soil
    Construct sports turf surfaces
    Monitor and maintain plant health and nutrition
    Communicate effectively in the workplace

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Install and operate irrigation systems
    Prepare, maintain and repair turf
    Participate in work health and safety practices
    A trade
    Qualifications to apply for a chemical users licence
    Skills and knowledge to start your own sole trader business

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship
    This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship. Enquire today to discuss your eligibility.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Personal protection equipment, such as boots, hat, long sleeve shirt and long pants
    Some knowledge of biological processes, such as plant health, pests and diseases
    Basic computer skills to conduct research and use databases
    Good numeracy and literacy skills, to a year 12 level
    A reasonable level of fitness to use wheelbarrows, do repetitive lifting and be on your feet for long periods

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: greenkeeper track curator cricket curator turf farm curator groundsperson for parks and gardens.


To successfully work within the sports turf management industry, you will need a Pesticide Licence, to demonstrate you have a safe and ethical understanding of chemical applications, handling and storage. Visit NSW Environmental Protection Agency for licensing requirements and guidelines before you apply.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Sports Turf Management does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

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The Certificate III in Sports Turf Management does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Sports Turf Management qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 23 Units of competency, including 18 core and 5 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Implement a plant nutrition program AHCPCM301

  • Monitor turf health AHCTRF310

  • Install drainage systems AHCDRG305

  • Establish turf AHCTRF308

  • ... 5

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TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

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