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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.

National Certificate in Sports Turf (Introduction to Turf Care), Level 3
This qualification is designed for people working or intending to work in the turf industry. A graduate of this qualification will demonstrate a basic level of understanding of turf management and will be able to carry out essential activities under general supervision.  The compulsory standards cover essential elements of turf care applicable to all sectors of the turf industry.

NZ Sports Turf Institute will work closely with clients to determine the most appropriate electives for particular relevance to their own sector or enterprise.  This qualification also provides graduates a pathway to sports turf supervisory roles such as greenkeepers, turf managers, golf course trainees, school grounds people, racecourse managers, or turf management contractors through the National Certificate in Sports Turf Management, Level 4.

National Certificate in Sports Turf Management, Level 4
This qualification is designed for people working or intending to work in sports turf management at a supervisory tradesperson level in roles such as greenkeepers, turf managers, golf course trainees, school grounds people, racecourse managers, or turf management contractors.

The compulsory standards includes the skills related to tractor driving and small engine maintenance; sports turf surveying, draining, and establishment; sports turf and staff management; budgeting; and identification and control of sports turf pests, weeds, diseases, and disorders. Graduates will also have knowledge of soils and fertilisers; agrichemicals and their application; methods of upgrading sports turf root zones; sports turf surfaces; turf botany; sports turf soil water management; and mowing turf areas.

NZ Sports Turf Institute will work closely with clients to determine the most appropriate electives for particular relevance to their own sector or enterprise.  This qualification also provides graduates a pathway to the management positions of sports turf and amenity facilities, golf managers, and golf superintendents through the National Certificate in Sports Turf, Level 5 or the National Diploma in Sports Turf Management, Level 6.

National Certificate in Sports Turf, Level 5
This qualification is primarily for sports turf professionals who require recognition of specific sports turf management, land based environmental management or business skills that will enable them to work in management positions in the sports turf industry. These include positions such as managers of sports turf and amenity facilities, golf managers, and golf superintendents.

NZ Sports Turf Institute will work closely with clients to determine the most appropriate electives from sports turf and business that suit particular relevance to their own sector or enterprise.  This qualification also provides graduates a pathway to the senior sports turf and amenity facilities management positions through the National Diploma in Business, Level 5 or the National Diploma in Sports Turf Management, Level 6.

National Diploma in Sports Turf Management, Level 6
This qualification is for experienced senior manager of sports turf and amenity facilities. It enables senior managers to develop a broad range and depth of skills and knowledge in sports turf management and related areas that meet their personal and professional needs.

The compulsory section recognises the skills required to performance test a sports turf surface, prepare a sport facility to host a major event, and develop and present a proposal for machinery purchase by a sports turf organisation.

NZ Sports Turf Institute will work closely with clients to determine the most appropriate electives from sports turf and business that suit particular relevance to their own sector or enterprise.  This qualification also provides graduates a pathway to further their business and management skills through the National Diploma in Business (Level 6).

National Certificate in Amenity Turf Maintenance, Level 3
This qualification is designed for people working or intending to work in the amenity turf industry. A graduate of this qualification will demonstrate knowledge of amenity turf management and the maintenance of amenity turf areas including the practical application of maintenance tools and equipment.  The compulsory standards cover essential elements of amenity turf maintenance tools, small equipment, mowing, pests, weeds, diseases, and disorders specific to amenity turf.

NZ Sports Turf Institute will work closely with clients to determine the most appropriate electives to enhance their ability to undertake the diverse range of work covered by the amenity turf maintenance industry.  .  This qualification also provides graduates a pathway to amenity management positions through the National Certificate in Sports Turf Management, Level 4 or the National Certificate in Horticulture, Level 4.

Introductory GROWSAFE®
The key focus of the Introductory GROWSAFE® course is to learn about applying agrichemicals in a safe, responsible and effective way with minimal adverse impact on human, environmental and animal health.

Upon successful completion, obtain an Introductory GROWSAFE® Certificate.  This course is developed to address NZS8409; 2004 management of agrichemicals.

This one day workshop is suitable for anyone in the sports turf industry who uses agrichemicals, and will incorporate Agrichemical Approved Handler Certification.

NZ Sports Turf Institute also offers Introductory GROWSAFE® Certificate renewals.

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Agrichemical Approved Handler
The key focus of the Agrichemical Approved Handler course is to gain knowledge in the safe use of agrichemicals and upon successful completion, obtain an Agrichemical Approved Handler Certificate.

This is suitable for anyone in the sports turf industry who purchases, stores or use agrichemicals.

NZ Sports Turf Institute also offers Agrichemical Approved Handler renewals