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AHC31319

Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

Pave the way for a career in greenkeeping with this apprenticeship course that will set you up with the foundation skills needed to work in the sports turf industry.

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STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Far North Queensland North Queensland
WAYS TO STUDY Apprenticeships and traineeships

Course overview

Kick start your career in greenkeeping with this trade course. This qualification is for people looking to enter into the sports turf industry, are employed as an apprentice, or need to have their skills recognised. This will set you up with the fundamental skills required to manage turf grass surfaces in a wide range of sports facilities.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as greenkeepers is growing strongly. They anticipate there will be around 14,000 job openings in this occupation over the next five years. 

Students who undertake this course will learn about occupational health and safety, turf establishment and maintenance, irrigation systems, and operation of specialised machinery. You will also learn plant nutrition, pest management, construct turf playing surfaces, and environmentally sustainable work practices. The hands-on training provided will ensure you have job ready skills and practices to use from day one.

Successful completion of this course will give you the skills to either start a career within the industry or push your current career further.

What can I do?

  • Greenkeeper

Course outcome:

AHC31319 Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

Specialised equipment

Students who undertake this course will be given access to industry-standard specialised machinery and equipment.

Industry-recognised teachers

Our teaching staff are at the top of their game and are still heavily involved in the industry. This means you're being taught by people who know what employers are looking for and where the sector is headed.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 5 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCCHM304
    Transport and store chemicals
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCCHM304
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely transport, handle and store liquid and dry chemical formulations across a broad range of industry sectors.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Transport and store chemicals

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCCHM307
    Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCCHM307
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely prepare and apply chemicals for the control of pests, weeds and diseases, using general application equipment.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCDRG305
    Install drainage systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCDRG305
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare, coordinate, undertake and complete surface and subsurface drainage system installation.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Install drainage systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCIRG345
    Install pressurised irrigation systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCIRG345
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to organise resources, set out and prepare an irrigation installation site and install, commission and complete pressurised irrigation system installation.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCIRG346
    Operate pressurised irrigation systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCIRG346
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to pre-start check, inspect, start up, operate, monitor and shut down pressurised irrigation systems.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Operate pressurised irrigation systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCIRG347
    Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCIRG347
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to interpret a maintenance program, inspect and maintain pressurised irrigation systems, and record and report maintenance activities.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Maintain pressurised irrigation systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCMOM304
    Operate machinery and equipment
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCMOM304
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain machinery and equipment.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Operate machinery and equipment

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCPCM301
    Implement a plant nutrition program
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCPCM301
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to monitor and control the nutritional requirements of and applications to plants across a range of situations and environments.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Implement a plant nutrition program

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCPMG301
    Control weeds
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCPMG301
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and coordinate weed control activities using appropriate strategies to provide effective, economic control while minimising environmental damage.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Control weeds

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCPMG302
    Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCPMG302
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and assess the effect to plants of plant pests, diseases and disorders and plan and coordinate control measures.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCSOL304
    Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCSOL304
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to collect and test soil samples for their physical and chemical characteristics and take corrective action to improve the soil for garden beds and turf areas.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCTRF306
    Prepare sports turf surfaces for play
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCTRF306
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to plan, prepare the turf and mark out the sports surfaces ready for play, complying with the rules and regulations of the sport.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Prepare sports turf surfaces for play

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCTRF307
    Construct turf playing surfaces
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCTRF307
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to construct the soil profile for the establishment of high-performance sports and recreational turf for new or complete renovation projects in sporting, commercial and public recreational spaces.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Construct turf playing surfaces

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCTRF308
    Establish turf
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCTRF308
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to establish turf by sowing, turf laying, sprigging and chaffing or stolonisation in sporting, public recreational open space, commercial and residential sites.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Establish turf

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCTRF310
    Monitor turf health
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCTRF310
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to monitor the health and condition of sports turf playing surfaces.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Monitor turf health

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCTRF311
    Renovate sports turf
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCTRF311
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to implement renovation or remediation of a sports turf area for minor projects and seasonal renovations in the turf industry.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Renovate sports turf

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCWHS301
    Contribute to work health and safety processes
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCWHS301
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to carry out enterprise work health and safety policies and procedures.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes

  • UNIT CODE
  • AHCWRK309
    Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
    UNIT CODE :
    AHCWRK309
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to apply environmentally sustainable work practices.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Grovely
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Cairns
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Townsville (Trade Training Centre Bohle)
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE

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Certificate III in Sports Turf Management (AHC31319)
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How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

To study an apprenticeship or traineeship program you must be indentured as an apprentice or trainee with your employer.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable Internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will also be required to have access to and bring to class a light long sleeved shirt, steel capped boots, safety glasses, ear muffs or plugs, a sun safe hat, sunscreen, secateurs, rubber dishwashing gloves, and gardening gloves. You may also be required to have access to an 8m retractable tape measure and calculator for select units.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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