Course Info

Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

National Course Code: AHC31316


The nationally recognised Certificate III in Sports Turf Management gives you the skills you need to become a Greenkeeper or Track Maintainer. Learn from industry experts, develop your knowledge in specialist training facilities and cultivate a rewarding career in this specialist industry.


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

  • Establish and maintain turf
  • Sample and test soil
  • Construct sports turf surfaces
  • Operate specialised machinery and equipment
  • Manage weeds, plant pests, diseases and disorders
  • Implement plant nutrition programs


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good communication skills
  • An understanding of the natural environment
  • A working knowledge of biological processes
  • Research skills
  • Ability to work safely


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • A trade
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own sole trader business

Career opportunities:

  • Greenkeeper
  • Track maintainer


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Sports Turf Management

This course is superseded.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.


This course is currently available at 2 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A willingness to learn and develop skills using hand tools and machinery to create and manage sports turf
  • A desire to work primarily outdoors
  • An interest in plant physiology and constructing sports turf surfaces
  • An interest in improving lifestyle amenities
  • A willingness to get their hands dirty

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Theory based knowledge assessments
  • Practical based skills assessments
  • Project work

The Certificate III in Sports Turf Management is where youll gain all your underpinning experience, practical skills and industry knowledge to work in horticulture and sports turf management.

This course also satisfies industry and apprenticeship requirements, so you are job-ready when you graduate.

As a sports turf student, you will be exposed to the different industry sectors and meet managers overseeing the preparation of:

  • Golf courses
  • Racetracks
  • Sports fields and ovals
  • Bowling greens
  • Polo and croquet fields

You will also have the opportunity to attend seminars throughout your training to enhance your professional development.

You will gain hands-on experience:

  • Safely operating a variety of specialist sports turf machinery and equipment
  • Sampling and testing soil
  • Constructing sports turf surfaces
  • Working in a team
  • Communicating effectively with a variety of clients and the community

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical, hands-on learning. You will work on real world projects, such as:

  • Installing and operating irrigation systems
  • Preparing, maintaining and repairing turf
  • Participating in work health and safety practices
  • Controlling weeds, plant pests, diseases and disorders

TAFE NSW offers you a range of study and training environments to enhance your learning and employability, such as:

  • Some of the best training venues in the country, including:
  • Golf holes designed and built by students
  • Full-size bowling green
  • Cricket oval with turf wickets
  • Full-size tennis court
  • Dedicated plant and soil laboratories
  • Classrooms for theory and knowledge building
  • Industry specific computer rooms
  • Library facilities
  • Studios, study areas, presentation areas
  • General student facilities available at most TAFE NSW campuses

Demand for sports turf managers is growing as society places increasing emphasis on healthy living, sport and outdoor activities.

The NSW Governments policy to plan and develop more green space and urban parks to offset the effects of a warming climate has also led to an increase in the number of parks, gardens and playing fields being established and needing maintenance.

As urban growth continues, so does the need for green space and plant life.
The NSW Governments policy to improve public amenities and increase the number of sporting grounds and other large recreation areas, means sports turf management will be needed across the state for years to come.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • On campus
  • Full Time, Part Time

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Kurri Kurrie (Apprenticeship): Full Time, On campus

  • Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $2,620.00
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Duration: 3 Years

Yallah: Part Time, On campus

  • Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $2,620.00
  • Start Date: Enquire Now

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