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.
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
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
Qualifications to apply for a chemical users licence
Skills and knowledge to start your own sole trader business
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.
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like: Greenkeeper, Track curator, Cricket curator, Turf farm curator and Groundsperson 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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Sports Turf Management does not have any pre-requisite courses.
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.
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.
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