National ID: AHC31316 | State ID: BCZ6


This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in greenkeeping. The sports turf industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.

This course is designed to provide theoretical and practical skills in a diverse range of areas related to the turf management industry. A considerable amount of outdoor and physical activity is required.

The course aims to equip the students with skills in safety issues, machinery operation and maintenance, irrigation operation and maintenance, nutrient application and monitoring as well as numerous skills applicable to the turf and horticulture industries.

Three previous South Metropolitan TAFE turf management students have won the award of “Western Australia Apprentice of the Year”.

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

This course is delivery at South Metropolitan TAFE over 6 semesters for Apprentices only, this equates to 3 years of part-time study.

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

  • Greenkeeper
  • Groundsman

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:

Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management

Course overview

Course details

Course Overview

Where Murdoch

Three year apprenticeship

How Apprenticeship
When Available Semester 2, 2017

  • Greenkeeper
  • Groundsman

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:

Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management

Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

These fees are estimates only for students enrolling in government funded courses on a full time basis.

The indicative fees for a course may differ between training providers due to the units they have included in the course outline. These differences generally result from adapting courses to meet local industry needs. The actual cost of a course will also vary if different electives are chosen by the student.

Nominal hours are not hours of training or instruction. They are used to determine course fees and subsidy levels to reflect the cost to deliver quality training.

Other charges may apply.

Indicative Tuition Fees in 2017

VET Student Loans 

Students in an eligible diploma qualifications and above may be assisted through a loan under the Commonwealth Government's VET Student Loan scheme. For more information on entrance requirements and eligible course list please see www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans 

For information on VET Student Loans at South Metropolitan TAFE please visit the Student Loans page.

International students

Fees, charges, available locations, applications, and enrolment procedures for international students are different to those applicable to local students.

International students can only study full-time.

For information on international student fees and application, please follow this link to the  TAFE International WA website 

The units in Traineeships and Apprenticeships are customised according to the individual Training Agreement that is negotiated with the employer and may vary (within the Qualification rules) in each case.

Core Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Construct turf playing surfaces AHCTRF301 BAT05
Contribute to work health and safety processes AHCWHS301 BAP92
Control plant pests, diseases and disorders AHCPMG302 BAL98
Control weeds AHCPMG301 BAP97
Establish turf AHCTRF302 BAR21
Implement a grassed area maintenance program AHCTRF303 BAO73
Implement a plant nutrition program AHCPCM301 BAO01
Install pressurised irrigation systems AHCIRG331 BAN82
Operate machinery and equipment AHCMOM304 BAN80
Provide information on plants and their culture AHCPCM302 BAQ22
Renovate sports turf AHCTRF305 BAM21

Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Apply environmentally sustainable work practices AHCWRK309 BAR14
Prepare and apply chemicals AHCCHM303 BAN65
Transport and store chemicals AHCCHM304 BAN70
Troubleshoot irrigation systems AHCIRG306 BAN50


Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Develop a sports turf maintenance program AHCTRF401 BAL56
  • This course will not use TAFE Admissions for Semester Two 2017, please apply direct to South Metropolitan TAFE as per below.
  • For apprenticeships and traineeships (where available), you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.
  • For international students (where available), contact
  • For all other courses, or if you need help or have questions please call us on
    1800 001 001 or email us at info@smtafe.wa.edu.au

Please note: All enrolling students will require a Unique Student Identifier number.

If you are unsure if you have the entry requirements, please apply anyway with as much information as you can provide, alternatives such as literacy or numeracy tests, or entry based on past experience may be possible. 1800 001 001 for more information.

South Metropolitan TAFE maintains strong relationships with a number of universities. On completion of diploma and advanced diploma courses, students may be eligible for credit towards a bachelor degree at one of our university partners. For details of our university pathway options, visit our Uni Pathways page.

Please note: Different university entrance arrangements may apply to international students. For further details please contact the individual Universities directly.


Page last updated July 21, 2017