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Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

Course Code AHC31319


  • Part Time
  • 18 months
  • On Campus
  • Glen Waverley

This course is not available for International Students


This fast-track version of the Certificate III in Sports Turf Management is designed for people working in the industry. It formalises your skills and knowledge with a qualification, enabling you to advance your career. Gain expertise in turf management practices, learn advanced techniques, and stay current with industry standards, all while continuing to work in your field.

Career Opportunities

  • greenkeeper
  • groundsperson
  • golf course foreperson

Pathway to further studies

  • AHC51019 Diploma of Sports Turf Management.

Studying the Certificate III in Sports Turf Management at Holmesglen

You will learn skills in the establishment and maintenance of recreational turf, the preparation of sports playing surfaces, and the management of recreational and sports turf facilities.<p>You will also learn how to provide advice on turf irrigation, pest and disease control, and management practices.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, students must be at least 16 years of age.<p>Applicants must have been working in the sports turf management industry for a minimum of three years.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs. All applicants are interviewed for selection by the Education Manager.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


<strong>Timetable</strong><br>Classes run one night per week, on a Tuesday from 4pm-8pm.<p>To receive this qualification you must complete:<br>18 core units;<br>5 elective units.<p>Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff. If you have already completed other eligible units, these may be counted towards completion of your qualification.
Unit code Unit name
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
AHCWRK309 Apply environmentally sustainable work practices
AHCTRF307 Construct turf playing surfaces
AHCDRG305 Install drainage systems
AHCTRF306 Prepare sports turf surfaces for play
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment
AHCTRF310 Monitor turf health
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals
AHCPMG301 Control weeds
AHCTRF308 Establish turf
AHCPMG302 Control plant pests, diseases and disorders
AHCTRF311 Renovate sports turf
AHCIRG347 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems
AHCIRG346 Operate pressurised irrigation systems
AHCIRG345 Install pressurised irrigation systems
AHCSOL304 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas
AHCPCM301 Implement a plant nutrition program
Unit code Unit name
AHCMOM213 Operate and maintain chainsaws
AHCWRK305 Coordinate work site activities
RIIMPO335E Conduct skid steer loader operations without attachments
AHCMOM310 Operate land-forming machinery and equipment
AHCSOL401 Sample soils and interpret results


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


Click the ‘apply’ button below to get your application started with us. Our friendly Holmesglen team will be in touch to discuss your study opportunities and pre-training requirements.

Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.


Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.


Qualification and Recognition

On completion you will receive the AHC31319 Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $7,403
Government subsidised $5,006
Concession $1,002

Additional Course Cost

The required personal protective equipment students will need to supply is: Safety boots (steel capped, ankle height) Safety pants <br>Work shirt (waist length jacket if cold) Safety glasses Ear protection <br>Hat for sun protection <br>Sunscreen (if exposed to sunlight) <br>Safety gloves (if handling building materials) Note pad / Biro The total cost of these items is between $250 - $300 <br>If additional safety equipment is required, it will be supplied by the Institute.

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


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