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Sports Turf Management

Certificate III in

International Students Code: AHC31316 Cricos: 095908C
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

12 months full time

Duration

12 months full time

Requirements

Australian Year 11 equivalency. Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0.

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

Combine your love of sports and gardening

Sports turf management involves the preparation and management of grassed playing surfaces. Many employment sectors require sports turf managers, including golf courses, bowling greens, tennis courts, cricket wickets, playing fields, ovals and racecourses. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Sports Turf Management AHC31316 teaches the specialist skills essential to thrive in this growing industry. With hundreds of sporting greens in Australia and thousands more around the world, sports turf management combines a love of sports with a passion for gardening into a lifelong career.

Learn industry techniques in world-class facilities

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Sports Turf Management AHC31316 teaches a specialist skill set, including the establishment and maintenance of recreational turf, preparation of sports playing surfaces, management of recreational and sports turf facilities, turf irrigation and pest and disease control. You will learn how to use the latest technologies and methodologies being used by the industry at Melbourne Polytechnic’s state-of-the-art facilities. You will also have the opportunity to pursue internships at some of the world’s most elite sporting grounds. Join Melbourne Polytechnic’s community of nationally and internationally renowned sports turf specialists, including multiple Sports Turf Awards’ Graduates of the Year, and multiple alumni who have gone on to participate in the Future Turf Managers program in the United States.

Take your specialised skills around the world

When you complete Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Sports Turf Management AHC31316 you will be prepared for a career in sports turf management. You might work as a golf course or turf wicket curator, bowling greenkeeper, sporting venue groundskeeper or consultant, irrigation assistant, or a varied role within local government looking after community facilities. This is a widely-recognised qualification in the industry, and you will have the opportunity to become a member of a range of professional bodies in the golf course and sports turf management industries.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

When you complete Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Sports Turf Management you will be prepared for a career in sports turf management.
  • Community Facility Groundskeeper
  • Greenkeeper
  • Irrigation Assistant
  • Groundsperson
  • Turf Wicket Curator

Pathways

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

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Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Off-campus
  • Practical Work
  • Classroom

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

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCCHM303 PREPARE AND APPLY CHEMICALS Core 70
AHCCHM304 TRANSPORT AND STORE CHEMICALS Core 50
AHCDRG301 INSTALL DRAINAGE SYSTEMS Core 50
AHCIRG331 INSTALL PRESSURISED IRRIGATION SYSTEMS Core 70
AHCIRG332 OPERATE PRESSURISED IRRIGATION SYSTEMS Core 50
AHCMOM304 OPERATE MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT Core 40
AHCPCM301 IMPLEMENT A PLANT NUTRITION PROGRAM Core 60
AHCPCM302 PROVIDE INFORMATION ON PLANTS AND THEIR CULTURE Core 70
AHCPMG301 CONTROL WEEDS Core 70
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
AHCTRF303 IMPLEMENT A GRASSED AREA MAINTENANCE PROGRAM Core 60
AHCTRF305 RENOVATE SPORTS TURF Core 60
AHCWHS301 CONTRIBUTE TO WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES Core 50

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $175 $250 $250
Per year $17352
Per semester $8676
Materials fee $30

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.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20% of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counseling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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
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

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.
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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.

Next Steps

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 3 9269 8400

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