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Get a Qualification in Turf Management

There is a range of qualifications in the turf industry to suit your needs, ranging from introductory skills to technical specialist knowledge and skills.  The following diagram describes the various qualifications available.

As a New Zealand Qualifications Authority registered Private Training Establishment, NZ Sports Turf Institute delivers training towards all these national qualifications, we also offer industry certification in agrichemical handling.

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Amenity) or (Sports Turf), Level 3

This qualification is designed to provide the horticulture industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge to assist with a range of core tasks relevant to the horticulture industry sectors of amenity or sports turf.

This qualification is designed to prepare people for roles such as: school assistant amenity gardener, bowls greenkeeper, golf course labourer, grounds person, racetrack labourer, school grounds person, or turf contractor.

This qualification is ideal for people who may have some general experience, or have a desire to work, in the horticulture industry and want to develop their skills and knowledge in the specific horticulture industry sectors of amenity or sports turf.

Graduates of the Amenity strand will be able to:

  • Work as an effective member of a team including communication and interaction with team members and colleagues relevant to their role in the amenity sector.
  • Carry out routine maintenance of parks and open spaces.
  • Carry out routine maintenance of plants and gardens in parks and open spaces.
  • Work under limited supervision with responsibility for their work outcomes.

Graduates of the Sports Turf strand will be able to:

  • Work as an effective member of a team including communication and interaction with team members and colleagues relevant to their role in the sports turf sector.
  • Carry out routine maintenance of sports surfaces consistent with enterprise and sports code specifications.
  • Work under limited supervision with responsibility for their work outcomes.

This qualification also provides graduates pathway to higher supervisory roles through the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Amenity) or (Sports Turf), Level 4.

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Amenity) or (Sports Turf), Level 4

This qualification is to provide the horticulture service industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for the daily operations in either the amenity or sports turf sector or an area within that sector.

This qualification is designed to prepare people for roles such as: amenity contractor, amenity gardener, collection curator, golf course 2IC, greenkeeper, racecourse manager, school head grounds person, or turf management contractor.

This qualification is ideally suited to people who are experienced workers in the amenity or sports turf sectors.

Graduates of the Amenity strand will be able to:

  • Supervise and provide instruction to team members using a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills relevant to the amenity sector.
  • Implement and monitor a management plan for the care of parks and open spaces.
  • Implement and monitor a seasonal management plan to achieve functional and aesthetic effects of plants, and management of their health and vigour.
  • Work in a self-managed capacity and may have some responsibility for the performance of others.

Graduates of the Sports Turf strand will be able to:

  • Work as an effective member of a team including communication and interaction with team members and colleagues relevant to their role in the sports turf sector.
  • Carry out routine maintenance of sports surfaces consistent with enterprise and sports code specifications.
  • Work in a self-managed capacity and may have some responsibility for the performance of others.

This qualification also provides graduates a pathway to higher supervisory roles through the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Amenity) or (Sports Turf), Level 5.

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Amenity) or (Sports Turf), Level 5

Thi qualification is to provide the horticulture industry with individuals who have the technical skills and knowledge to manage horticulture operations to maximise effectiveness.

This qualification is designed to prepare people for roles such as: golf course superintendent, head gardener, head grounds person, operations supervisor, parks supervisor, plant collection curator, sports turf manager, or racetrack manager.

This qualification is ideally suited to people who have significant operational experience in the horticulture services industry, or who are capable of transferring their prior skills and knowledge, and wish to develop their technical skills and knowledge to be able to manage horticulture services operations.

Graduates of the Amenity strand will be able to:

  • Demonstrate leadership and relationship management with team members and clients using a range of effective interpersonal skills relevant to a horticulture sector.
  • Plan and manage parks and open spaces.
  • Plan and manage seasonal operations to achieve functional and aesthetic effects of plants and gardens.
  • Work autonomously within established parameters of a horticulture business and may be managing others.

Graduates of the Sports Turf strand will be able to:

  • Demonstrate leadership and relationship management with team members and clients using a range of effective interpersonal skills relevant to a horticulture sector.
  • Plan and manage sports turf operations to achieve business objectives.
  • Work autonomously within established parameters of a horticulture business and may be managing others.

This qualification also provides graduates a pathway to higher supervisory roles through the New Zealand Certificate in Sports Turf, Level 6.

New Zealand Certificate in Sports Turf, Level 6

This qualification is to provide the sports turf industry with experienced individuals who have advanced technical skills and knowledge in sports turf operations to operate as technical specialists in sports turf surface development.

This qualification is designed to prepare people for roles such as: asset manager, sports turf advisor/agronomist, or sports turf consultant.

This qualification is ideally suited to people who have significant operational experience in the sports turf industry, and wish to develop their technical skills and knowledge to be able to manage sports turf developments.

Graduates of the Sports Turf strand will also be able to:

  • Apply in-depth sports turf knowledge and skills to inform strategic business decisions on sports turf performance.
  • Evaluate sports turf surfaces for a new development or remedial works and recommend cost effective solutions to improve sports turf performance.