Develop a sports turf maintenance program

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Assessment Template
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria


Determine additives required by performing soil and plant testing


Soil and plant tests are determined according to the requirements of the turf plant species and cultivars, climatic conditions, prevailing soil and plant conditions, enterprise guidelines and industry best practice.


A soil and plant testing program is developed which defines field and off-site testing activities, task responsibilities, involvement of contractors, scheduling, and desired information outcomes.


Testing tasks are implemented and monitored, liaison procedures with outside testing agencies are supervised and remedial action is undertaken where necessary.


Data and readings are compiled and presented in a form that can be easily read and interpreted.


Seasonal issues are determined from published data on the turf plant species and cultivars, historical records, own experience, and enterprise guidelines.


Nutritional status of the turf plant species and cultivars is determined by analysing collected data and comparing to accepted standards.


Identify the requirements of a sports turf maintenance program


The standards for turf presentation are clearly defined according to client requirements, enterprise guidelines and industry best practice.


The different maintenance requirements during a range of conditions over the growing cycle of the turf plant are identified according to published data on the species and cultivar, historical records, own experience, and enterprise guidelines.


Sports turf maintenance procedures are selected to achieve the appropriate plant condition according to the standards for turf presentation.


Resources, tools, equipment and machinery required for the sports turf maintenance program are identified, costed, and availability confirmed with suppliers, contractors and appropriate personnel.


The most cost-effective approach to maintaining the sports turf playing surface is determined.


OHS hazards associated with the implementation of the sports turf maintenance program are identified, risks assessed and controls developed according to enterprise guidelines, costed and documented in the program.


Environmental implications of sports turf maintenance activities are identified and documented in the program.


Prepare and document the sports turf maintenance program


Detailed plan, specifications and quotation are prepared based on the requirements of the program and presented to management for acceptance.


Scaled site plan is produced which can be readily interpreted and understood by on-site personnel according to enterprise standards.


Detailed on-site procedures and schedules required for the sports turf maintenance program are developed and documented.


Monitor the sports turf maintenance program


Implementation of the maintenance program is monitored to ensure enterprise standards for presentation of sports turf playing surfaces are achieved.


The sports turf maintenance program is reviewed and monitored to ensure it remains responsive to changing conditions.


Appropriate courses of action are implemented to alleviate or overcome identified shortcomings in the program.


Remedial action undertaken is documented and reported to management according to enterprise policy.

Qualifications and Skillsets

RTF4005A appears in the following qualifications:

  • SIS40410 - Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation
  • RGR40708 - Certificate IV in Racing Services (Track Maintenance)
  • RGR50408 - Diploma of Racing Services (Track Management)