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AHC51016 – Diploma of Sports Turf Management

What is the course about?

This qualification is for people who want to develop an understanding of the management of a Golf Course, Bowls club & Sports ovals requiring higher technical skills. Undertaking this course will develop skills & knowledge in managing turf health, managing horticultural trials, collecting & managing data, preparing reports, monitoring & managing soils, managing plant cultural practices for amenity horticulture, developing strategies for the management of target pests & collecting & classifying plants.

Job titles may include: 
Curator, Grounds manager, Golf Course Superintendent, Sports Turf Manager, Senior bowling greenkeeper, Turf Consultant


What is it going to do for me?

This qualification will expand your knowledge & skills & hence your employability in this field

Depending on the subject chosen, you will be able to:

  • Develop turf renovation programs
  • Manage cost effective chemical usage
  • Manage environmental health of the golf course
  • Monitor & manage the sporting needs of the players
  • Monitor Manage the financial sustainability of the a club
  • Prepare & monitoring budgets & financial reports
  • Negotiate with contractors and suppliers
  • Recruit & Manage staff
  • Implement sustainable horticultural practices


How long is it going to take?

As an ‘independent’ student (not studied under Contract of Training conditions) the learning is self-paced, so the length of time to complete the qualification is dependent on the learner’s current skills and ability to commit time to their studies. As a Traineeship (studied under a Contract of Training) this qualification has a nominal length of 48 months (4 years). This can be shortened depending on your current skills, which can go towards recognition of prior learning (RPL).


How is the qualification delivered?

If you are currently employed in Horticulture, training can be delivered through a “Traineeship”. The trainers come to your workplace & use your practical work experience combined with the bookwork to help you achieve your certificate.

If you are currently not employed in Horticulture, ARO can still help you. Please contact us to discuss your options.


What does the course contain?

  • Completion of ten (10) units, four core (4) and six (6) elective units in total including

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 packaged in 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


Core Units of Competency

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



Unit code Unit title
AHCBUS501 Manage staff
AHCBUS508 Prepare and monitor budgets and financial reports
AHCDRG501 Design drainage systems
AHCIRG502 Design irrigation system maintenance and monitoring programs
AHCLSC502 Manage landscape projects
AHCMOM501 Manage machinery and equipment
AHCOHS501 Manage Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) processes
AHCPMG504 Develop a system for monitoring the pest management strategy
AHCPCM601 Develop and implement a plant health management strategy
AHCTRF502 Manage sports turf renovation programs*AHCTRF305A Renovate sports turf
AHCTRF503 Develop sports turf management programs
AHCTRF504 Manage sports turf facilities
AHCWRK505 Manage trial and/or research material
BSBHRM506 Manage recruitment, selection and induction processes

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We're more than happy to help you select a course you're interested in, or to answer any enquiries you may have.

For general enquiries, please direct your emails to or phone 08 8339 1066

Horticultural , Arboriculture & Business


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