Offering Info

Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

  • National Course Code: AHC31319
  • TAFE NSW code: AHC31319-01V01-22KUR-008

Location – Kurri Kurri (Apprenticeship)


Part Time


On campus

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

7 Hours per week


3 years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Sports Turf Management gives you the skills needed to become a greenkeeper. Cultivate a career in sports turf management while working for iconic sports venues across Australia.


Through a mix 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


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
  • Qualifications to apply for a chemical users licence
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own sole trader business

Career opportunities:

  • Greenkeeper
  • Track curator
  • Cricket curator
  • Turf farm curator
  • Groundsperson parks and gardens


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Sports Turf Management

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 as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application

Enquire today and one of our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will help you understand any eligibility or entry requirements.


There is no work placement requirement for this qualification. As an apprentice, you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

If you are enrolling as a non-apprentice, you need to be in relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments in order to meet the course completion requirements.


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.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend 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

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
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


The course will run with 8 block release training schedules for 2 years. An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.

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
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • 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 is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


There are a range of study options for NSW Apprentices and eligible non-apprentices with relevant industry work experience in this course.

Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee-free training. Apprentices are required to provide evidence of their NSW apprenticeship to finalise their enrolment and applicable fees.

This course is also a TAFE NSW Trade Pathways Qualification and ideal if you have been working in this industry for an extended period of time but havent received a qualification. To be eligible to enrol as a non-apprentice and secure funding, you must firstly meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and be:

  • over 21 years of age
  • able to demonstrate and provide evidence of extensive industry experience and
  • able to demonstrate relevant ongoing work experience and provide workplace evidence to support the achievement of competence.
To study this course as a NSW apprentice or to check if you meet the non-apprentice requirements for NSW funding, please enquire now or call 131 601. For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

Field trips to various sporting venues are planned each year to supplement course content. Accommodation and food costs are borne by the learner and can be claimed via a Travel Claim Form.

You will require the following items for classes, with an expected cost of approximately $350:

  • Chemical Applications License (AQF3)
    -2 x USB Flash drives (2MB to 4MB each)
    -Writing material, pens and paper, calculator, scale rule, 1:100, 1:200, 1:500.
    -Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Ear plugs, sunscreen, safety glasses, leather riggers gloves, dust mask, elastic sided work boots and a broad brimmed hat.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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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.

Core Units
Number Title
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCDRG305 Install drainage systems
AHCIRG345 Install pressurised irrigation systems
AHCIRG346 Operate pressurised irrigation systems
AHCIRG347 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCTRF306 Prepare sports turf surfaces for play
AHCTRF307 Construct turf playing surfaces
AHCTRF308 Establish turf
AHCTRF310 Monitor turf health
AHCTRF311 Renovate sports turf
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
Number Title
AHCMOM202 Operate tractors
AHCMOM301 Coordinate machinery and equipment maintenance and repair
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs
AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities

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

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Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Kurri Kurri (Apprenticeship)
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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