Certificate II in Sports Turf Management


Would you like to maintain sporting turfs around the world for a living? Our Certificate II in Sports Turf Management will teach you about horticulture and facilities management, so you can get the best start in your career.

See and maintain sporting turfs around the world

The importance of a meticulous green is paramount to the world of sports. Highly trained and competent turf specialists are an asset to all venues.

Have you always wanted to be the one to inspect the wicket, water the garden to precise standards, or keep the back yard green and green? If so, our Certificate II in Sports Turf Management is the course for you.

You can be that person managing single or multi-use grounds to accommodate the needs of professional athletes. The course is an ideal pre-apprenticeship course if you want to take that route, or simply make it a solid introduction to sports turf management.

Go green with Melbourne Polytechnic

Skills you will learn, even in the early stages of a Sports Turf career, include:

  • Plant recognition
  • Installing and operating irrigation systems
  • Landscape construction
  • Sports turf establishment and maintenance
  • Pest and weed control

Industry connections and resources

Specialised training in the latest technologies and methodologies being used in the sports turf industry is taught to all students in state-of-the-art facilities at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Fairfield campus. Progress from the Certificate II into an apprenticeship or non apprenticeship with our Certificate III in Sports Turf Management, going onto a Diploma to put you ahead in this exclusive field. The world is your playing turf!

Employment outcomes

Your career paths may include working as a groundsperson, greenkeeper, turf farm assistant, sporting venue consultant or an irrigation assistant.


Assessment consists of a demonstration of your skills, tests, assignments, oral presentations and reports.

Completion of the Certificate II in Sports Turf Management will give you credit towards the Certificate III in Sports Turf Management Apprenticeship and Non-Apprenticeship courses.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Local Students






Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 18 weeks

Part-time: 2 years
VETiS (vocational education and training in schools program) - one (1) day per week

Class Schedule: *

Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Practical Work, Blended online, Classroom



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, oral activities and third party reports


A list of equipment and reference material that needs to be purchased by you will be distributed early in the course. Items will include:
  • your own safety boots (steel capped)
  • gloves
  • sun hat
  • Hi-Vis vest
  • good quality secateurs
  • sunscreen
  • USB flash drive
  • textbook and writing materials

Reference material is also available for loan

Entrance Requirements

  • you will need to have basic literacy and numeracy skills
  • you should contact the Horticulture and Landscaping department to establish if this course is best suited to you
  • if you would like to enrol in the VETiS (vocational education and training in schools) program, please contact the course coordinator for more details

Pathways to further study

Successful completion of the Certificate II in Sports Turf Management paves the way for entry into the Certificate III in Sports Turf Management - Apprenticeship

Career Pathways

Graduates from Turf Management courses should already be employed in the turf management industry, but successful completion will allow for movement within the turf industry with an expanded range of opportunities

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • April

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.

Code Subjects Hours
AHCCHM201 Apply chemicals under supervision 30
AHCIRG217 Assist with pressurised irrigation operations 40
AHCLSC201 Assist with landscape construction work 30
AHCLSC202 Low-profile timber or modular retaining walls 50
AHCLSC203 Install aggregate paths 20
AHCLSC204 Lay paving 30
AHCMOM203 Operate basic machinery and equipment 20
AHCPCM201 Recognise plants 40
AHCPGD201 Plant trees and shrubs 20
AHCPMG201 Treat weeds 40
AHCPMG202 Treat plant pests, diseases and disorders 30
AHCSOL202 Assist with soil or growing media sampling and testing 30
AHCTRF202 Prepare turf surfaces for play 40
AHCTRF204 Support turf establishment 40
AHCWHS201 Participate in work health and safety processes 20

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.