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 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.
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
Entrance RequirementsAcademic: 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 MethodsThis 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
MaterialsYou 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 AHC51016.
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.
|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|
|AHCPMG302||Control plant pests, diseases and disorders||80|
|AHCSOL401||Sample soils and interpret results||60|
|AHCTRF301||Construct turf playing surfaces||90|
|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.