Courses

Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

Apprenticeship

AHC31316

Your specialist career starts here with our 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

You 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)

Employment outcomes

Employment 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.

Assessment

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.

Local Students

Code

AHC31316

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Department

Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400

Duration

Part-time: 3 years
Apprenticeship:
3 years Either one (1) day per week or in blocks of five (5) days

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
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 Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Off-campus, Practical Work, Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$3450
Ineligible:$7400
Concession:$690
Materials:$95

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

This is a competency-based course where assessment is based on the your ability to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies. Methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, oral activities, and third party reports

Materials

A 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

Entrance Requirements

  • Apprentice
  • 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

Pathways to further study

You may further advance your specialty skills completing the Diploma of Sports Turf Management AHC51016.

Career Pathways

As 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

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
  • February

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
AHCCHM303 Prepare and apply chemicals 70
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems 70
AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws 40
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40
AHCMOM310 Operate land-forming machinery and equipment 80
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program 60
AHCPCM302 Provide information on plants and their culture 70
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders 80
AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results 60
AHCTRF301 Construct turf playing surfaces 90
AHCTRF302 Establish turf 60
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program 60
AHCTRF305 Renovate sports turf 60
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.