Diploma of Sports Turf Management

The Diploma of Sports Turf Management applies to curators, golf course superintendents, sports turf managers, senior bowling greenkeepers and turf consultants.


Packaging Rules

Completion of ten (10) units made up of four (4) core units and six (6) elective units.


a minimum of four (4) 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 Certificate IV or above 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.



add topic AHCCHM501A Develop and manage a chemical use strategy


add topic AHCPCM501A Diagnose plant health problems

Soils and media

add topic AHCSOL501A Monitor and manage soils for production


add topic AHCTRF501A Plan the establishment of sports turf playing surfaces



add topic AHCBUS501A Manage staff

add topic AHCBUS508A Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports


add topic AHCDRG501A Design drainage systems


add topic AHCIRG502A Design irrigation system maintenance and monitoring programs


add topic AHCLSC502A Manage landscape projects

Machinery operation and maintenance

add topic AHCMOM501A Manage machinery and equipment

Occupational health and safety

add topic AHCOHS501A Manage Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes

Pest management

add topic AHCPMG504A Develop a system for monitoring the pest management strategy


add topic AHCPCM601A Develop and implement a plant health management strategy


add topic AHCWRK505A Manage trial and/or research material

add topic BSBHRM402A Recruit, select and induct staff

add topic SRXGOV004B Work effectively with the Board of an organisation


    Qualification pathways

    Pathways from the qualification

    Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to, Advanced Diploma of Horticulture.

    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:


    Grounds manager

    Golf course superintendent

    Sports turf manager

    Senior bowling greenkeeper

    Turf consultant

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

Writing to audience needs

Interpreting the needs of internal/external customers

Applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements

Establishing/using networks

Sharing information

Negotiating responsively


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

Applying teamwork skills to a range of situations

Identifying and using the strengths of other team members


Developing practical and creative solutions to workplace problems

Showing interdependence and initiative in identifying problems

Solving problems individually or in teams

Applying a range of strategies in problem solving

Using numeracy skills to solve problems

Testing assumptions and taking context into account

Initiative and enterprise

Adapting to new situations

Being creative in response to workplace challenges

Identifying opportunities that might not be obvious to others

Generating a range of options in response to workplace matters

Translating ideas into actions

Developing a strategic, creative long-term vision

Planning and organising

Collecting analysing and organising information

Using basic business systems for planning and organising

Being appropriately resourceful

Taking initiative and making decisions within workplace role

Participating in continuous improvement and planning processes

Working within or establishing clear project goals and deliverables

Determining or applying required resources

Allocating people and other resources to tasks and workplace requirements

Managing time and priorities

Adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies


Taking responsibility at the appropriate level


Defining own learning needs

Carrying out independent learning to improve capability


Using technology and related workplace equipment

Using technology to organise data