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Sports Turf Management

Certificate III Of

Apprenticeship Code: AHC31316 Cricos: 095908C

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

full time / 3 years part time

Duration

full time / 3 years part time

Next Intake

Ongoing, Midyear

Next Intake

February

Start your career in a field of excellence

Greenkeeping and turf management is literally a growing industry with ample opportunities to combine your passions for horticulture, facilities management and sports into a successful career. Working in the turf management industry involves varied, outdoor-based work, including preparing seedbeds, establishing and maintaining turf, mowing, rolling and levelling turf, marking out pitch lines, setting up a variety of different pitches, courts and greens, and maintaining surrounding gardens. With over 14,000 job openings in sports turf management predicted in Australia alone in the next five years, your next office could be a world-class elite sports ground.

Grow specialist skills in turf management for sports

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Sports Turf Management (Apprenticeship Stream) teaches a range of specialist skills including establishment and maintenance of recreational turf, preparation of sports playing surfaces, management of recreational and sports turf facilities, and advising on irrigation, pest and disease control. You will learn the latest technologies and methodologies being used by industry in state-of-the-art facilities. Melbourne Polytechnic Sports Turf Management students are nationally and internationally renowned, winning awards including the Sports Turf Awards’ Graduate of the Year and multiple places in the Future Turf Managers program in the United States. You may also have the opportunity to pursue internships at some of the world’s most elite sporting grounds.

Graduate stadium-ready with practical skills for a global industry.

This highly-regarded qualification is perfect for sports and horticulture enthusiasts, or existing turf management professionals looking to move within the industry and pursue a specialised career. You might work as a golf course or turf wicket curator, bowling greenkeeper, sporting venue groundskeeper or consultant, irrigation assistant, or looking after community facilities for local governments. Industry connections and resources will help you thrive within the industry and pursue opportunities as sporting clubs and facilities around the country or internationally.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

This highly-regarded qualification is perfect for sports and horticulture enthusiasts, or existing turf management professionals looking to move within the industry and pursue a specialised career.
  • Community Facility Groundskeeper
  • Greenkeeper
  • Groundsperson
  • Irrigation Assistant
  • Turf Wicket Curator

Pathways

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

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Class Schedule

Apprenticeship:
Either one (1) day per week or in blocks of five (5) days over three (3) years
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

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

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCPMG302 CONTROL PLANT PESTS, DISEASES AND DISORDERS Core 80
AHCSOL401 SAMPLE SOILS AND INTERPRET RESULTS Core 60
AHCTRF301 CONSTRUCT TURF PLAYING SURFACES Core 90
AHCTRF302 ESTABLISH TURF Core 60
AHCPMG301 CONTROL WEEDS Core 70
AHCCHM304 TRANSPORT AND STORE CHEMICALS Core 50
AHCMOM310 OPERATE LAND-FORMING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT Core 80
AHCTRF305 RENOVATE SPORTS TURF Core 60
AHCCHM303 PREPARE AND APPLY CHEMICALS Core 70
AHCWHS301 CONTRIBUTE TO WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES Core 50
AHCMOM213 OPERATE AND MAINTAIN CHAINSAWS Core 40
AHCTRF303 IMPLEMENT A GRASSED AREA MAINTENANCE PROGRAM Core 60
AHCPCM302 PROVIDE INFORMATION ON PLANTS AND THEIR CULTURE Core 70
AHCPCM301 IMPLEMENT A PLANT NUTRITION PROGRAM Core 60
AHCIRG331 INSTALL PRESSURISED IRRIGATION SYSTEMS Core 70
AHCMOM304 OPERATE MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT Core 40

Fees & Costs

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Tuition Fees
$4000.00 - $8150.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

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
Materials Costs
$30.00
$
Estimated
Material Costs are only estimated.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

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

Next Steps

Apprenticeships are coordinated via the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) where you will provide details of your employer, who will register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

The AASN will register your training contract on DELTA and you will be allocated a DELTA number. Melbourne Polytechnic will then be able to enrol you into your training program.

If you have any questions about the application procedures for an Apprenticeship, please contact the TSU.