About the Sports Turf Manager Certification Program

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has launched a professional industry Certification Program for Sports Turf Managers.
 
Australia’s turf managers are among the best in the world. The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA) is dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality, recognition and professionalism of the industry, in addition to promoting the industry and professionals to the public, and supports this commitment through managing the turf industry certification programs that provide a quality benchmark for the industry.

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Certification Program is aimed at encouraging Turf Managers to invest in their continued professional development, and recognise the value and skills of turf managers to the Australian Sports & Recreation industry. 

 

Certified Sports Turf Manager

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association offers professional certification programs that enable sports turf managers to be recognised at the highest level of the industry, and their profession.

The Certified Sports Turf Manager (CSTM) designation is bestowed upon turf managers who complete thorough requirements, and continue to invest in their personal and professional development.  The CSTM designation is designed to be the most widely recognised industry standard, and the highest recognition that can be achieved by Sports Turf Managers and acknowledge as the leading Sports Turf professionals in the country.

Attainment of Certification provides Sports Turf Managers members with recognised certification, as well as elevating the Turf Management profession through demonstrating a Turf Managers commitment to education, personal development, environmental stewardship and continuing professional development.

All Certified Sports Turf Managers will be widely regarded as having attained the highest level of professional certification in the industry, achieving a minimum standard of continuous professional development and broadly recognised the best turf managers in the country.

Attaining Professional Certification allows the Turf Manager to utilise the post-nominal letters CSTM as an acknowledgement of their Certified Professional status, e.g. John Citizen (CSTM)

 

Download Certification Program Summary

 

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Earning the status of Certified Sports Turf Manager involves a combination of formal education, experience in Turf Management and continuing professional education.  Through earning the designation of CSTM, a member demonstrates a personal commitment to education, professional development, environmental stewardship, and elevating the Sports Turf management profession.  It documents and validates a Turf professionals’ achievements and competencies to current and potential future employers.

Being a Certified Sports Turf Manager is a mark of leading professional competence. It indicates reliability in depth and quality of Turf Management performance, skill and knowledge and assists greatly in elevating the profession of Sports Turf Management.

 

Process to Achieve Professional Certification

To achieve Certification (receive industry Certification and use the CSTM designation) a Sports Turf Manager must:

 

  • Be a Member of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association, and:
 

1.     Meet Prior Learning and/or eligibility requirements through an appropriate level of employment or professional experience in Sports Turf Management to a minimum of 20 points of Prior Learning 

 
 

2.     Achieve a minimum of 70% result on the Sports Turf Manager Certification Assessment (one-off $195 Assessment fee payable)

 
 

Turf Managers who have not met the required Prior Learning points are able to obtain further Education points through years of service as a Sports Turf Manager, completing training courses at a recognised RTO or Association Partner, or undertake further formal education such as successful completion of a certificate in Turf Management (refer to Recognised Formal Education table on the Association website)

 

Eligibility Criteria - Knowledge & Experience Requirements

In order to be eligible to undertake the Certification Program Assessment, Turf Managers must achieve a minimum of 20 points of Prior Education Knowledge and/or professional experience.  

The table here outlines components of Australian Sports Turf Managers Association recognised Prior Learning, where:

  • Formal Education is attributed an allocated level of points
  • Each year of Professional experience in the Sports Turf industry post Apprenticeship = 1 point

Prior employment history will be added together - for example: Employed for 7 years as Grounds Manager, 3 years as an Assistant Superintendent prior, 5 years as Greenkeeper prior to that: 7 + 3 + 5 = 15 points  

 

For details on the Eligibility Criteria - Knowledge & Experience Requirements including examples, please click here


How to Apply

Turf Managers seeking to complete the Sports Turf Managers Certification will be required to:

  1. Complete the application form on the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association website outlining prior knowledge & experience requirements
  2. Following prior knowledge and experience requirements review and acceptance by the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association, applicants will be provided details to access and undertake the Certification Assessment

Note the assessment is available to members following approval of prior learning requirements and payment of one-off $195 assessment Certification administration fee   

 

Apply Now - The application form for Sports Turf Manager Certification is accessible via the form located here  

 


What happens if I am not yet eligible to Apply?

Turf Managers who do not meet minimum requirements for prior learning will be required to obtain additional education points to achieve the minimum requirements. 

If a Turf Manager is under the minimum requirement of 20 points in formal education plus professional experience, further education or experience must be undertaken to achieve the minimum 20 point benchmark before applying for Certification. 

For details on the Eligibility Criteria - Knowledge & Experience Requirements incldung examples, please click here

 

Maintaining Professional Certification

To maintain professional Certification (continue in Professional Development education program, maintain Certification and the use of the CSTM designation) a Turf Manager must:

  • Achieve a minimum of 25 Continual Professional Development (CPD) points over the duration of a 2 year cycle

 

What are Continual Professional Development (CPD) points?

Continual Professional Development (CPD) refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge, training and experience that Turf Managers gain formally, beyond any initial training. 

The objective of Continual Professional Development is to keep professional knowledge and skills current, develop and adapt careers and maintain status as a Certified Sports Turf Manager.

CPD is about behavioural and workplace capabilities as well as technical competence. The Continual Professional Development program helps members to develop their potential, while elevating the profession through a knowledge and learning compliance process. 

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association encourages Turf Managers to embrace ongoing learning, continue industry support and engagement regularly reflect on their development gaps and needs, and plan their CPD activities and record outcomes. 

  • CPD points are a record of what education or training Turf Managers experience, learn and then apply as an active demonstration to their commitment as a Certified Sports Turf Management professional.  
  • CPD points are available through undertaking professional activities, independent learning, and formal learning activities.
  • Continual learning points can be gained through the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association, through State Associations or from recognised Training providers, and Certified Sports Turf Managers must obtain a minimum of 25 CPD points throughout a 2-year cycle to highlight their commitment to learning and development.

 

How to obtain Continual Professional Development (CPD) Points 

CPD points are a record of what education or training Turf Managers experience and learn, and then apply as an active demonstration to their commitment as a Certified Sports Turf Management professional.   To retain professional certification, Turf Managers must achieve a minimum of 25 Continual Professional Development points over the duration of a 2 year cycle.  

Continual learning points can be gained through the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association, through State Associations or from recognised Training providers, with Continual Professional Development Points obtained in 4 areas: 
 

  1. Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Service Points (industry development)
  2. State Association Service Points (industry development)
  3. Training and Education Points (education)
  4. Approved Professional Development education (education)

To make the Program streamlined and as simpleas possible for sports turf managers, all CPD Points will automatically be added to Member profiles at the conclusion of events, or by the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association team for endorsed events and activities. 

For a complete list of education, development and training activities and related CPD points, visit Obtain Continual Professional Development (CPD) points

 

Viewing Current Continual Professional Development (CPD) Points

Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Members can view and track their current CPD points and apply for points to be added, through accessing their profile located here

 

Applying for Professional Development Recognition Points

  • Turf Managers can apply for formal recognition of training, education or development activities to be included in the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association program through completing the CPD Recognition Form
  • To apply for points through individual learning, or for organisations to apply for points to be allocated to an educational event, please visit the Partner CPD Recognition Form