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Certificate III in Sports Turf Management Non-Apprenticeship

Code: AHC31319

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18 months full time

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This delivery is for non-apprentices who will study completely on-line. Click here to see the apprenticeship delivery

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 AHC31319 (Non-apprenticeship) 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

Our Certificate III in Sports Turf Management AHC31319 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 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 the Certificate III in Sports Turf Management AHC31319 (Non-apprenticeship) 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 the Certificate III in Sports Turf Management - Non-Apprenticeship AHC31319 take me?

When you complete Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Sports Turf Management AHC31319 you will be prepared for a career in sports turf management.

  • Community Facility Groundskeeper
  • Groundsperson
  • Greenkeeper
  • Turf Wicket Curator
  • Irrigation Assistant

Study Pathways

You may go on to study a Diploma of Sports Turf Management AHC51019.

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus / Virtual classroom

A blend of both face-to-face and virtual learning with scheduled classes taking place on-campus and in virtual classrooms. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

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
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals Core 50
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals Core 70
AHCDRG305 Install drainage systems Core 50
AHCIRG345 Install pressurised irrigation systems Core 70
AHCIRG346 Operate irrigation systems Core 50
AHCIRG347 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems Core 50
AHCMOM302 Perform machinery maintenance Elective 50
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment Core 40
AHCMOM310 Operate land-forming machinery and equipment Elective 80
AHCMOM317 Operate tractors with attachments Elective 60
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program Core 60
AHCPCM303 Identify plant specimens Elective 80
AHCPMG301 Control weeds Core 70
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders Core 80
AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for gardens and turf areas Core 60
AHCTRF306 Prepare sports turf surfaces for play Core 80
AHCTRF307 Construct turf playing surfaces Core 90
AHCTRF308 Establish turf Core 60
AHCTRF310 Monitor turf health Core 60
AHCTRF311 Renovate sports turf Core 60
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes Core 50
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices Core 50
FSKNUM23 Estimate, measure and calculate measurements for work Elective 15

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1140 $5700 $12000
Materials fee $150 $150 $150
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1465 $6100 $12400
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

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 1st of November. 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.


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

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

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent 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

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

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

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

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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

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You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

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For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payment Plans here.

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