Plan the establishment of sports turf playing surfaces

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Assessment Template
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Evidence Guide
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Competency Mapping Template
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Observation Checklist
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Self Assessment Survey
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Moodle Outcomes
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Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver RTF5008A, 'Plan the establishment of sports turf playing surfaces'.
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria


Carry out preliminary planning activities for turf establishment


Client preferences and requirements for the sports turf playing surface are understood and confirmed.


The site is assessed for biophysical factors, services and site modifications.


Research is conducted into turf plant species and cultivars, legal attributes and local by-laws and restrictions that may affect the plan for turf establishment.


Environmental implications of the planned turf establishment works are identified and, if necessary, reported to relevant personnel for further research.


A concept plan that reflects client preferences and requirements, and takes into account site factors and any identified environmental requirements is developed and presented to the client for discussion and approval.


Determine requirements of turf establishment works


Plants that are appropriate to the site and consistent with the agreed concept plan are identified and the required quantity calculated, costed and availability confirmed with the supplier.


Turf establishment procedures consistent with the agreed concept plan are selected according to the characteristics of available plant materials, site factors, the resources and equipment available and the environmental factors affecting the success of the turf establishment works.


Design of the soil profile to support the playing surface takes into account the turf use, soil characteristics and other site and local environmental factors, and includes irrigation and drainage systems that accord with enterprise irrigation and drainage plans.


Management of juvenile turf is provided for according to client requirements, site capabilities and enterprise standards and encourages optimal growth.


Resources, tools, equipment and machinery required for the construction of soil profiles, planting and ongoing maintenance of the sports turf playing surface are identified, costed and availability confirmed with suppliers, contractors and appropriate personnel.


OHS hazards associated with the turf establishment works are identified, risks assessed and controls developed according to enterprise guidelines, costed and documented in the plan.


Staged implementation and development are outlined where appropriate, with access for future works provided for according to client, enterprise and site requirements.


Timelines for preparations, construction of soil profiles, planting and maintenance are determined taking into account the needs of the turf species and cultivars, the softscape and hardscape components, site conditions and any other planning requirements.


Prepare and document the turf establishment plan and specifications


Detailed plan, specifications and quotation are prepared based on horticultural conventions and the requirements of the turf establishment work and presented to the client 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 establishment of the sports turf playing surface and its ongoing maintenance are developed and documented.

Qualifications and Skillsets

RTF5008A 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)