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Residential Turf Management Skill Set - Level 1 skill set

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A course for residential lawn lovers and commercial lawn carers

This course covers the a wide range of lawn care topics and is for those looking to improve the health and look of home lawns, those who professionally care for lawns, or those who wish to begin building accredited skills towards a rewarding career in turf management.

Gain these skills:

  • Safety and PPE
  • Understanding site plans and supplies
  • Preparing and using machinery and equipment
  • Plant physiology, functions and root systems
  • Monitoring soil pH levels and addressing pH problems
  • Identifying nutrition issues and soil improvers to match
  • Identifying pests and diseases and their treatments
  • Understanding of different fertilisers and their uses
  • Turf types and growing habits
  • Renovating, mowing, trimming and top dressing for best lawns
  • Install, repair and maintain irrigation
  • Enhancing your business including maximising sales, managing debtors and survival during off-peak seasons

Date: Tuesdays, 20 July to 21 September
Time: 4pm to 8pm 

Please note, this course requires a level of physical activity in moving equipment and lifting supplies and the ability to work outside. Students should bring the following to each evening class:

  • Pen, paper and lever arch file  with two holes punched for handout notes 
  • As no canteen facilities are available evenings at Murdoch campus, we recommend you bring food, water bottle, and for those who wish, coins for the coffee or vending machines
  • You must wear closed footwear, preferably steel capped boots for safety using machinery and equipment
  • A warm jacket for outside field work

Study options and next steps

Click on your preferred study mode below to get started with your application.

Semester 2

Murdoch - On Campus

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2
Where Murdoch
How On Campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $144.18 $128.00 $272.18
Concession $42.72 $128.00 $170.72

Indicative fees and charges 

Visit our Fees page for all you need to know about fees at SM TAFE including rules around refunds and withdrawals. 

Call 1800 001 001 to get a more accurate fee indication based on your eligibility and study plan before applying. 

More information about fees – at a glance 

Fees and charges published on our website are indicative. The fee for this course is displayed in the table above, showing tuition fees, resource fees and total fees for general and concession fee types for qualifications and skill sets, and one total fee for short courses. 

Your fees will depend on your eligibility for government funding or a concession rate, and the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Our Indicative fees lists show fees that are: 

  • Based on the full possible study plan of units, including the recommended electives 

  • Based on full time study in 2021 for Semester 2 study options

  • Based on full time study in 2022 for Semester 1 study options

  • Charged at the government funded rate for over 18 years of age students 

  • Based on unit electives designed to meet localised industry demand for skills 

  • * Made up of course fees and resource fees, or RPL fees. Course fees are the cost of your tuition, while resource fees pay for consumables provided to you to aid your study (such as printing and paper). You may also be required to purchase text books or equipment that are not part of our tuition or resource fees. Short course fees include both tuition and resource fees as one total fee. 

Fees may vary between students and between educational providers. Other charges may apply. 

Lower Fees, Local Skills fee caps 

The annual fees cap on Lower fees, local skills qualifications means that regardless of how much course fees are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course in any one calendar year. The annual fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students, plus resource fees. If you begin study in Semester 2 and your course runs longer than one semester, you should expect a new calendar year cap to begin in the next semester of your study, as your further study will be considered in a new calendar year. 

Skills Ready skill sets 

Skills Ready skill sets are free for eligible students. For those who are not eligible, tuition, resource and other fees are payable.  Find out more about the initiative

VET Student Loans 

Selected Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are VET Student Loan eligible courses. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible. Student Loan fee caps apply. To find out if you are eligible, to see the list of eligible courses or view the loan caps visit our Student Loans page.  

International students 

Selected courses are available to International students for full time study only. Fees, charges, available locations, applications and enrolment procedures for International students are different to those for students who have Australian permanent residency. For more information or to find a course visit the TAFE International WA website. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enrolments are charged at $3.25 per nominal hour of study. 

No concession fees apply to RPL enrolments. Refer to the institutional or apprenticeship/traineeship fee list above for an indicative RPL course fee. 

To get started with RPL, visit the Recognition of Prior Learning page. 

College Discretionary Fee (CDF) 

For all on campus and online and on campus students an annual $20 discretionary fee is payable to cover items like security and other onsite facilities. Fully online students are not expected to pay a CDF as they do not attract on campus costs.

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