Otago Polytechnic

Sports Turf programme (Level 4)

Location

Central Otago

Duration
18 months full-time
Delivery

On campus and practical work experience placements

Credits
185
Level
4
Start
February 2019
Apply
until start date

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 programme on offer in New Zealand and provides an even balance of theoretical and practical studies. Benefit from our close proximity to world-class sports venues, 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 participate in a skill development placement at a top sporting venue in New Zealand.

Upon successful completion, you will graduate with a New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) (Sports Turf). 

From 2019, we will also be offering the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 5) (Sports Turf)*. This programme is worth 85 credits and will take an additional one semester to complete. 

*subject to final approval  

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 New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 5) (Sports Turf)* in 2019 and then the New Zealand Certificate in Sports Turf (Level 6) avalable through the Primary 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

The courses within this programme have been designed to ensure you gain the skills to ensure excellent employment outcomes for a range of turf facilities. There are no elective courses.

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 during the growing season. In Year One there will be a full-time work experience placement in October and November. Year Two begins with a work experience placement from February to April. You will then return to the campus and complete the programme in late June. 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

Credit

YEAR ONE - COURSES

 

 
Foundation Sports Turf Skills

15

Turf Machinery, Equipment and Tools

15

Agrichemicals

10

Sports Turf Health and Weeds 

15

Irrigation and Drainage 

15

Turf Plant Science 

15

Soils and Fertility

10

 Annual Planning for Sports Turf

10

Year one compulsory totals

105

YEAR TWO - COURSES

 

Advanced Maintenance of Sports Turf 

25

Advanced Sports Turf Machinery 

15

The Turf Supervisor 

10

Sports Turf Development

15

Year two totals

65

PROGRAMME TOTALS

170

Additional optional courses

 

Demonstrate knowledge of pruning and training amenity trees and shrubs

5

Maintain amenity trees and shrubs

8

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

5

Demonstrate basic chainsaw operation

8

Demonstrate knowledge of the maintenance of cricket blocks

5

Plant and care for trees, shrubs and climbing plants

10

Demonstrate knowledge of the maintenance of a sports field

5

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

3

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

3

Ride a quad bike on flat terrain in the workplace

4

Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a quad bike

3

Ride a quad bike on hilly terrain

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.

Apply Now