Offering Info

Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

  • National Course Code: AHC31316
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC31316-01V01-20KUR-999

Location – Kurri Kurri - Apprenticeship

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

24 Hours per week


3 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

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 theoretical and practical course work, you will 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 personal attributes that will 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 will provide 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


Strengthen your knowledge with thse higher level study options:

  • Certificate IV in Horticulture
  • Diploma of Horticulture
  • Diploma of Landscape Design


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.

This course is superseded.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.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Sports Turf Management as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the sports turf management industry evidenced by a letter from your employer
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application


There may be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice. Enquire today and our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will support you to understand any eligibility or entry requirements for our non-apprenticeship qualifications.


There is no work placement requirement for apprentices taking this qualification, as you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

Non-apprentices will need to be in either relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments to complete the learning and assessment requirements.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Some knowledge of biological processes
  • Basic computer skills to conduct research and use databases
  • Good computer literacy
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills
  • A reasonable level of fitness to use wheelbarrows, do repetitive lifting and be on your feet for long periods

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time in the industry
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified groundsperson or greenkeeper after successful completion.

This qualification is an Industry Endorsed pathway for Apprentice Greenkeepers involved in the maintenance of golf courses, sporting fields, bowling and racetracks. Non-Apprentices and those working in the industry are also considered for entry.

This is a Full time course. Delivery is a block release model, with students attending four days per week (Monday - Thursday, 8.00am to 4.30pm) for 8 or 9 blocks of study per year for 3 years. Kurri Kurri Campus has student accommodation with govenment rebates availble on application. The campus provides modern classrooms and excellent sports training facilities with a large range of specialist machinery and equipment.

You may also be required to complete approximately 11.1 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours. It would be expected that motivated learners in this qualification would undertake four (4) hours of private study for assignment preparation and research during the course duration.

Kurri Kurri Campus has student accommodation with govenment rebates availble on application. The campus provides modern classrooms and excellent sports training facilities with a large range of specialist machinery and equipment.


There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

Australian Apprenticeships training can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. TAFE NSW will negotiate your attendance and study pattern with you and your employer.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study (prices are approximate):

  • Wide Brimmed Hat (minimum 90mm): $10.00
  • Workboots (WHS Approved): $100.00
  • Sunblock (50+): $30.00
  • Dust Masks: $10.00
  • Safety Glasses (Australian Standard): $20.00
  • Earmuffs or Earplugs (Australian Standard): $10.00
  • Textbook, Workplace Evidence Guide: $50.00
  • Textbook, AQF3 Chemical Applicators Licence (Smarttrain): $65.00
    - 2 x USB Flashdrives (2MB to 4MB each)
  • Writing material, ie: Pens and paper
  • calculator (not mobile phone)
  • scale rule, 1:100, 1:200, 1:500
  • leather work gloves ? riggers gloves
  • dust masks


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.

The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more:

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
AHCTRF301 Construct turf playing surfaces
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCTRF302 Establish turf
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture
AHCTRF305 Renovate sports turf
Elective Units
Number Title
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCDRG301 Install drainage systems
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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Course Location

Kurri Kurri
McLeod Road, Kurri Kurri
Phone 131 601

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