Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management

This qualification allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge to become specialists within the turf industry. The sports turf industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.


Packaging Rules

Completion of twelve (12) units made up of five (5) core units and seven (7) elective units.


a minimum of five (5) units must come from the elective units list

a maximum of two (2) units may be selected from the elective units or from units aligned to Certificates III, IV or Diploma in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed training package or accredited course. Selected units must meet job outcomes relevant to turf.



add topic AHCTRF401A Develop a sports turf maintenance program

add topic AHCTRF402A Plan and implement sports turf renovation


add topic AHCPCM402A Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program


add topic AHCIRG403A Determine seasonal irrigation scheduling tasks


add topic AHCWRK511A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability



add topic AHCBUS402A Cost a project


add topic AHCCHM401A Minimise risks in the use of chemicals

add topic AHCCHM402A Plan and implement a chemical use program


add topic AHCIRG407A Supervise on-site irrigation installation and construction work

Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM402A Supervise maintenance of property machinery and equipment

Occupational Health and Safety

add topic AHCOHS401A Maintain Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes

Pest management

add topic AHCPMG408A Assess and monitor weed, pest and/or disease control programs


add topic AHCPCM401A Recommend plants and cultural practices

Soils and media

add topic AHCSOL401A Sample soils and interpret results


add topic AHCWRK403A Supervise work routines and staff performance


    Qualification pathways

    Pathways into the qualification

    This qualification may be accessed by direct entry.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, Diploma of Sports Turf Management.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship.

    Job roles

    Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

    Assistant curator

    Assistant grounds manager

    Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

    Head greenkeeper

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

Entrants must have completed the Certificate III in Sports Turf Management by course work or by Recognition of Prior Learning or an equivalent trade level qualification in green keeping or turf management.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Listening and understanding

Speaking clearly and directly

Reading and interpreting workplace related documentation

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements


Working as an individual and a team member

Working with diverse individuals and groups

Applying knowledge of own role as a part of a team


Developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems

Showing interdependence and initiative in identifying problems

Solving problems individually or in teams

Initiative and enterprise

Adapting to new situations

Being creative in response to workplace challenges

Identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others

Planning and organising

Collecting analysing and organising information

Being appropriately resourceful


Monitoring and evaluating own performance

Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Being open to learning, new ideas and techniques

Learning in a range of settings including informal learning


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using basic technology skills

Applying OHS knowledge when using technology