Your specialist career starts here with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Sports Turf Management. Use your eye for excellence in the world of sports, and your interest in horticulture and facilities management to excel in your career of Sports Turf Management. Give yourself the opportunity to manage some of the biggest and best sporting grounds around the country and abroad.
Global career opportunities in the sporting world
Would you like to manage single or multi-use grounds to accommodate the needs of professional athletes?
The MCG could be your next back yard. Gain skills and knowledge in a broad range of recreational and sporting facilities, from golf courses, to cricket pitches, bowling greens and racetracks.
The well regarded specialist skills that you will gain in this course include:
- Establishment and maintenance of recreational turf
- preparation of sports playing surfaces
- management of recreational and sports turf facilities
- advising on turf irrigation, pest and disease control
Industry connections and resources
Students will have the opportunity to learn the latest technologies and methodologies being used by industry in state-of-the-art facilities at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Fairfield campus.
You will also have the opportunity to be nominated for internships at some of the most elite sporting grounds across the globe.
You will have the opportunity to become a member of the following professional bodies:
- Victorian golf course superintendents association (VGSA)
- Australian golf course superintendents association (AGSA)
- Sports Turf Association (STA)
Roles which you will be qualified to apply for include, golf course or turf wicket curator, bowling greenkeeper, sporting venue groundskeeper or consultant, irrigation assistant, or varied role within local government looking after community facilities.
Non-apprentice students will have the opportunity to complete assessments in the field using Melbourne Polytechnic’s facilities and grounds.
This is a competency-based course where assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, oral activities, and third party reports.
DepartmentHorticulture and Landscaping
Either 1 day per week or in blocks of 5 days.
Apprenticeship: 3 years. Either 1 day per week or in blocks of 5 days.
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsApprentice To be eligible to enrol as an Australian Apprentice, you must be employed in the turf industry and have a signed Training Agreement with your employer and Melbourne Polytechnic. The course coordinator can provide advice on this process. Non-Apprentice To enrol in the non-apprentice stream you must have relevant industry experience.
Assessment MethodsThis is a competency-based course where assessment is based on the student's ability to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, oral activities, and third party reports.
MaterialsA list of equipment and reference material that you will need to provide will be distributed at the start of the course. You will need to provide your own personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety boots (steel capped), gloves, sun hat, Hi Vis vest, sunscreen, a USB flash drive, text book and writing materials.
Pathways to further studyYou may further advance your specialty skills completing the Diploma of Sports Turf Management.
Career PathwaysAs graduates from these courses will already be employed in the turf management industry, successful completion of these courses will allow for movement within the turf industry and work in a range of opportunities such as establishment and maintenance of recreational turf, preparation of sports playing surfaces, management of recreational and sports turf facilities, provision of advice on turf irrigation, pest and disease control and management practices.
Units Of Study
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|AHCARB205A||OPERATE AND MAINTAIN CHAINSAWS||40|
|AHCCHM201A||APPLY CHEMICALS UNDER SUPERVISION||30|
|AHCCHM303A||PREPARE AND APPLY CHEMICALS||70|
|AHCCHM304A||TRANSPORT, HANDLE AND STORE CHEMICALS||50|
|AHCIRG302A||INSTALL IRRIGATION SYSTEMS||70|
|AHCMOM304A||OPERATE MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT||40|
|AHCOHS301A||CONTRIBUTE TO OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES||50|
|AHCPCM301A||IMPLEMENT A PLANT NUTRITION PROGRAM||60|
|AHCPCM302A||PROVIDE INFORMATION ON PLANTS AND THEIR CULTURE||70|
|AHCPMG302A||CONTROL PLANT PESTS, DISEASES AND DISORDERS||80|
|AHCTRF301A||CONSTRUCT TURF PLAYING SURFACES||90|
|AHCTRF303A||IMPLEMENT A GRASSED AREA MAINTENANCE PROGRAM||100|
|AHCTRF305A||RENOVATE SPORTS TURF||60|
|AHCWRK313A||IMPLEMENT AND MONITOR ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES||50|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.