Turf Training: Synthetic Sports Field Maintenance

$375.00 + GST

This course is designed to increase the lifespan of synthetic sports fields by improving your knowledge of performance standards that apply to synthetic turf surfaces.  Once completed, you will have the ability to carry out scheduled and ad-hoc maintenance tasks. This course is specially designed for Council Parks staff and and contractors responsible for maintaining synthetic sports fields.

Course Date and Location

The course will be delivered in Auckland, the date and location will be confirmed at a later date. Please register your interest in attending the next course by sending an email to training@nzsti.org.nz.

Course Objective

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Perform maintenance activities on synthetic sports fields
  • Carry out performance testing to establish if identified performance standards have been met
  • Write-up maintenance actions and performance tests that have been carried out

Course Content

An indicative schedule for the course is as follows:

  • Introduction
  • The importance of correct maintenance and maintenance schedules
  • Manual maintenance tasks, such as: litter removal, removing animal waste, cleaning up spills, refilling high-wear areas, removing temporary line markings
  • Mechanised maintenance, such as: drab-brushing, rotating brush, oscillating brush, weed, moss, algae treatment
  • Surface testing, such as: pitch and seam inspection, surface levelness, infill levels
  • Writing up maintenance actions and surface tests
  • Course wrap-up

Course Delivery and Duration

This course is a full day training course held over nine hours, including morning and afternoon tea breaks, and a lunch break too. The course will be held in Auckland, date and location to be confirmed. This is a very practical course and uses a hands-on approach to teaching and learning on a real synthetic sports field.

Course Teaching Staff

This course will be taught by our FIFA and World Rugby accredited technician, Dr Andrew Mitchell. He has a wealth of experience in the management and performance testing of synthetic sports surfaces.

Equipment that attendees must bring

Each participant is required to bring the following equipment to the course:

  • High visibility clothing / vest
  • Safety footwear
  • Eye protection
  • Grade 4 or higher earmuffs
  • Pen or pencil

Resources Provided to Participants

Each course participant will be provided with the NZSTI: Maintaining Synthetic Sports Fields Guide and the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute Certificate of Completion: Maintaining Synthetic Sports Fields.


Participants who successfully complete the take-home assessment will achieve unit standards:

  • 30042 Demonstrate understanding of the maintenance requirements of synthetic turf
  • 30043 Demonstrate understanding of playing performance standards and carry out routine maintenance of synthetic sports turf

Related Courses and Programmes

  • Maintain synthetic bowling greens
  • Maintain synthetic tennis courts
  • Advanced maintenance of synthetic sportsfields
  • Monitoring synthetic surface maintenance
  • Line marking


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