Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

International Students


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.

This is the non-apprenticeship stream for international students, for the apprenticeship please click here.

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.


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.

International Students






Full-time: 1 year
4 days per week for 1 year

Modes of Delivery

Off-campus, Practical Work, Classroom


  • Tuition fees per semester: $10336
  • Tuition fees per year: $15500
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Entrance Requirements

Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Assessment Methods

This is a competency-based course where assessment is based on the your ability to achieve unit outcomes. Assessment methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, oral activities, and third party reports


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 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

  • February
  • July
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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
AHCDRG301 Install drainage systems 50
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems 70
AHCIRG332 Operate pressurised irrigation systems 50
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40
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.