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.

Core Units of Competency


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add topic AHCPCM402A

Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program


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add topic AHCIRG408A

Schedule irrigations


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add topic ACHTRF401A

Develop a sports turf maintenance program

add topic AHCTRF402A

Plan and implement sports turf renovation


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add topic AHCWRK511A

Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

Elective Units of Competency

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

two (2) Units may be selected from the elective Units or from Units packaged at Certificates III, IV or Diploma in AHC10 or from any other currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Selected units must be relevant to job outcomes in the turf industry


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add topic AHCBUS402A

Cost a project


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add topic AHCCHM401A

Minimise risks in the use of chemicals

add topic AHCCHM402A

Plan and implement a chemical use program


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add topic AHCIRG407A

Supervise on-site irrigation installation and construction work

Machinery operation and maintenance

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add topic AHCMOM402A

Supervise maintenance of property machinery and equipment

Occupational health and safety

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add topic AHCOHS401A

Maintain Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes

Pest management

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add topic AHCPMG408A

Assess and monitor weed, pest and/or disease control programs


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add topic AHCPCM401A

Recommend plants and cultural practices

Soils and media

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add topic AHCSOL401A

Sample soils and interpret results


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add topic AHCWRK403A

Supervise work routines and staff performance


    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, AHC51010 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

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