National code: AHC31319

    Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

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    OverviewAbout 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.

    This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

    OutcomesWhat 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

    SuitabilityIs 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.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: greenkeeper, track curator, cricket curator, turf farm curator and 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 study0 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 study0 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Certificate III in Sports Turf Management does not have any post-graduate courses.

    Related study0 Courses

    Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

    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.

    UnitsUnits 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.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    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.

    • Transport and store chemicalsAHCCHM304

    • Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseasesAHCCHM307

    • Install drainage systemsAHCDRG305

    • Install pressurised irrigation systemsAHCIRG345

    • ... 5

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    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

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

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