Otago Polytechnic

National Certificate in Sports Turf Management (Level 4)

Passionate about sport? Love being outdoors? Why not combine the two and train to be a professional Turf Manager?

Whether you're on the first step of the employment ladder or are searching for a way to make a career and lifestyle change, this is the programme for you. This industry will allow you to shine in an environment that suits your eye for detail and responsible attitude. Sports turf professionals are in high demand, both here and overseas, for the management and maintenance of golf courses, cricket wickets, sports fields and artificial turf among others.

This is the only full-time Sports Turf management programme on offer in New Zealand and provides an even balance of theoretical and practical studies. Benefit from our close proximity to professional sports facilities, as well as the outdoor training area that has been established specifically to cater for this qualification. With motivation and hard work, you will have the opportunity to build important relationships, gain further hands-on experience and 'earn as you learn' with an internship placement at a top sporting venue in New Zealand or Australia. 

Please note: Applications will be accepted until the start date if places are available.

All certificate and diploma qualifications are currently being reviewed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Qualification titles and content may be altered as a result of the review but any changes will be introduced and communicated over a transitional period so that there is minimal impact on students. 

Skills required
  • Physical fitness
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Good communication skills.
Entry requirements
  • Open entry.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study. 
  • If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score less than 5.0.
Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records, proof of residency (where appropriate) and a curriculum vitae.

Selection procedure

Applicants will be selected according to the entry criteria. If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order they were received.

Additional costs/requirements

During your internship placement in the second year, it is your responsibility to organise accommodation and transport, although your employer will try and help you. It is important that you hold a current driving licence and have your own work boots and overalls.

Further study options

Expand your knowledge further with the National Diploma in Sports Turf Management (Levels 6 and 7), available through the Sports Turf Industry Training Organisation.

Programme specific risks

These include risks associated with agrichemicals, heat, cold, noise, lifting, machinery and potential allergens. You will be given more detailed information during the programme.  

You will study

Study units are prescribed by the Sports Turf Management industry to ensure you gain the skills that will ensure high employment possibilities. In addition, you can choose electives that allow you to specialise more in cricket- or golf-turf management.

Your workload

Theory and practical classes will take up three days a week from 9am-3pm. You will also have two days a week of work experience. Generally, these days will reflect industry needs and will therefore run from 8am-5pm. You will also have assessment and study work to complete. 

Qualification structure

 

Course Title

NQF Unit

Level

Credit

YEAR ONE - COMPULSORY UNITS

 

 

 

Maintain hand tools and service small engines used in horticulture

4

2

5

Demonstrate knowledge of elemantary turf botany

1152

2

5

Demonstrate knowledge of sports turf soil water management

1157

3

6

Identify and monitor common turf pests 

1158

3

5

Identify common turf weeds

1159

3

5

Identify common turf diseases and disorders

1160

3

5

Demonstrate knowledge of the mowing of sports turf areas

1161

3

4

Establish a turf surface

1164

3

10

Demonstrate knowledge of legal requirements and hazards associated with tractor use

19044

2

3

Monitor and interpret weather information

19138

2

4

Describe calibration and calibrate agrichemical application equipment 

21558

3

3

Demonstrate knowledge of agrichemicals

21560

3

6

Demonstrate knowledge of soils and fertilisers

22174

2

5

Demonstrate knowledge of soil properties and their effect on plant growth 

22175

3

10

Check and drive a basic wheel tractor with an attached implement on flat terrain

24552

2

5

Assess soil and plan a fertiliser programme for turf use

25112

4

8

Year one compulsory totals

 

 

89

YEAR ONE - ELECTIVES (minimum 12 credits)

 

 

 

Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements

497

1

3

Speak to a specified audience in a predictable situation

1307

3

3

Demonstrate knowledge of weeds, pests, diseases and disorders of amenity turf areas

20530

3

3

Use amenity turf maintenance tools and small equipment

20531

3

6

Mow turf areas

20533

3

10

Demonstrate knowledge of the HSNO Act and NZS8409:2004 for the use of agrichemicals

21563

3

5

Prepare to apply, and apply, agrichemicals

21564

3

5

Describe nutrients and fertilisers required for turf

25111

3

5

Year one elective totals

 

 

12

Year one totals 

 

 

100

YEAR TWO

 

 

 

Demonstrate knowlede of the characteristics and requirements of sports turf surfaces

1151

2

10

Use sports turf machinery and equipment

1153

3

10

Survey a sports turf area

1155

3

5

Drain a sports turf area

1156

3

5

Fertilise a sports turf area

1163

3

5

Irrigate sports turf area

1166

4

10

Control common turf pests

1167

4

7

Control common turf weeds

1168

4

7

Control common turf diseases

1169

4

7

Compare maintenance requirements for major sports turf surfaces and
maintain a sports turf surface 

1170

4

25

Supervise staff working on sports turf facilities

1171

4

10

Prepare and present a budget for turf operators

1172

4

15

Demonstrate knowledge of methods of upgrading sports turf root zones

17955

4

7

Year two totals

   

123

PROGRAMME TOTALS

   

223

Additional optional courses

     

Demonstrate knowledge of pruning and training amenity trees and shrubs

1672

3

5

Maintain amenity trees and shrubs

2766

3

8

Demonstrate knowledge of the Approved Code of Practice relating to chainsaw use

6916

2

5

Demonstrate basic chainsaw operation

6917

2

8

Demonstrate knowledge of the maintenance of cricket blocks

17211

3

5

Plant and care for trees, shrubs and climbing plants

21028

2

10

Demonstrate knowledge of the maintenance of a sports field

21622

3

5

Drive a 2 wheel drive tractor with an attached implement on undulating terrain

24536

3

3

Drive a 4 wheel drive tractor with an attached implement on undulating terrain

24537

3

3

Ride a quad bike on flat terrain in the workplace

24554

2

4

Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a quad bike

24557

2

3

Ride a quad bike on hilly terrain

24559

3

4

Student loans/allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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