Turn your dreams into reality and launch a career working at iconic venues like the Sydney Cricket Ground or Sydney Olympic Park. You’ll be prepared for roles in major venues with the in-demand skills and knowledge needed to manage sporting facilities or fields.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Plan and develop sports turf playing surfaces
Manage sports turf facility assets
Manage staff requirements
Develop and manage a chemical use strategy
Develop soil health and plant nutrition programs
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
The skills to design, plan and construct a sporting facility or playing field to specifications
Confidence in your supervisory and leadership skills
Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
That you have completed a Certificate III in Sports Turf Management or an equivalent turf management trade level qualification, evidenced by providing a copy of your transcript, or
That you have completed a Certificate III level qualification in amenity horticulture combined with two years of work experience in a trade level role at a sports turf facility, evidenced by providing a copy of your transcript and your resume
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Intermediate level fitness to manage physical demands, such as lifting and standing for moderate periods
Adequate eyesight or relevant aides to differentiate plant signs of diseases and pests
A drivers licence, to operate certain machinery and to transport tools and vehicles around sporting facilities on public roads
Adequate personal protection equipment, such as industry approved boots, a hat, cotton drill long sleeve shirt and pants
The ability to handle the pressure that comes with expectations around sports ground performance
Logistical skills associated with managing work crews and sports turf projects
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.
This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
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:
Greenkeepers establish and maintain fine turf, grassed areas and synthetic surfaces used for sporting events.
Other jobs include: Sports turf manager, curator or consultant, Senior bowling greenkeeper, Golf course superintendent, Racecourse manager and Curator of cricket and football ovals
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 Diploma of Sports Turf Management does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Diploma of Sports Turf Management does not have any post-graduate 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 Diploma of Sports Turf Management qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 14 Units of competency, including 10 core and 4 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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