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Diploma of Sports Turf Management

  • Qualification:


  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    2 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    The Gordon (RTO 3044)

  • Course fees:

    Price may vary

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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

What you'll learn

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About this course

Learn about what it takes to manage all aspects of a sports turf environment with a Diploma of Sports Turf Management (AHC51016).

You'll be equipped to deal with staff, machinery and irrigation systems; develop nutrient delivery programs; conduct trials; analyse results and undertake effective plant protection.

This occupation involves handling chemicals and machinery, so workplace health and safety measures are covered in this TAFE course to ensure that you and your staff are aware of best practice to keep the workplace safe.

You can choose to study online at your own pace or at The Gordon's East Geelong campus.

Assessment will take the form of:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Exam


To be eligible for this course, you must meet the following entry requirements:

  • You must have completed the Certificate III in Sports Turf Management
  • You must be able to provide evidence that you have completed Year 12, or you will be required to undertake an independent assessment test to ensure that your level of competence meets the Year 12 level
  • You must demonstrate basic computer skills

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be available for skills and knowledge obtained through previous study or other relevant experience.

Areas of study

In this sports turf course, the units of competency you may study include:

Core units

  • AHCCHM501 - Develop and manage a chemical use strategy
  • AHCPCM501- Diagnose plant health problems
  • AHCSOL501 - Monitor and manage soils for production projects
  • AHCTRF501 - Plan the establishment of sports turf playing surfaces

Elective units

  • AHCIRG501 - Audit irrigation systems
  • AHCPCM402 - Develop a soil health and plant nutrition program
  • AHCPMG508 - Develop a system to monitor and evaluate the pest management plan
  • AHCMOM501 - Manage machinery and equipment
  • AHCBUS501 - Manage staff
  • AHCWRK505 - Manage trial and research material
The Gordon is an award-winning TAFE that has been providing high-quality education and training for over 125 years. As one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria, it services more than 19,000 students each year. Thanks to two purpose-built campuses – in Geelong City and East Geelong – students are provided with a hands-on learning experience in settings modelled on real-world industry environments. The Gordon also boasts one of the most comprehensive and diverse course ranges in all of Western Victoria, with over 230 accredited qualifications to choose from. Students receive the added benefit of access to The Gordon’s pathway program, which provides articulation and credit transfer opportunities at Deakin University.
The Gordon offers its students access to an array of support services, including academic resources and on-site facilities to help make your time on campus happy, healthy and supportive.

The Gordon Library and study support team is on hand to provide personalised assistance with everything from essay writing to note-taking, and also includes an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program for non-native English speakers. Tailored services are also available via the Aboriginal Education Unit and Disability Support Services offices. Career guidance can be sought from the Careers team at any time, and for anyone struggling with personal hardship, a free and confidential counselling service is available at both the Geelong City campus and East campus.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Sports Turf Management (AHC51016) from Gordon Institute of TAFE.

You will be eligible to apply for supervisory, management and consultant positions in the turf management industry, across a range of different environments including golf courses, cricket pitches and football ovals.

By partnering closely with Deakin University, The Gordon also offers students access to unique pathway opportunities, credit transfers and dual-delivered qualifications - your learning journey doesn't end here!

Curious about where a career in agriculture could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Turf Management Consultant
  • Turf Management Supervisor
  • Turf Manager
  • Horticultural Tradesperson
  • Groundsperson
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Oval Curator

Payment options & support

Finance options

All course fees at The Gordon are comprised of tuition, student amenities, and materials costs. Depending on your personal circumstances, you may fall into one of the following fee categories:

  • Standard - you meet the eligibility criteria for access to the government subsidised Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG).
  • Concession - you meet the VTG eligibility criteria AND hold a current healthcare or pension card.
  • Full-fee paying/Fee for Service (FFS) - you do not meet the VTG eligibility criteria

You will pay the following additional fees for this course:

Student amenities


Course fees are payable within 14 days of enrolment. Alternatively, you may be eligible to apply for a payment plan.

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