Program Prior Learning Requirements

Applying for the Sports Turf Manager Industry Certification Program is a simple 3 step process -

  Complete the application form outlining prior knowledge & experience requirements
  Undertake the industry Certification Assessment
  If minium 70% pass mark is acheived in Certification Assessment, notification including a Certificate of Attainment will be sent to the Sports Turf  Manager

 

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 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 below 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  

 

Applicants will be required to outline Knowledge & Experience Requirements on application.   To Apply for the Program, please click here

 

Prior Education Knowledge Calculation Points

 

Recognised Formal Education

Education Points

Bachelor’s Degree or Higher in Sports Turf Management / Agriculture or Plant Science 18
Other Bachelor’s Degree or Higher 14
Certificate IV or Diploma in Sports Turf Management 13
Other Diploma or Cert IV 9
Certificate III in Sports Turf Management 9
Certificate III in any related Horticulture field 7
Completion of Industry recognised skillset at RTO / ASTMA Partner 6
Completion of Industry recognised Irrigation Course at RTO / ASTMA Partner 5
Certificate II in Sports Turf Management 4
Completion of a recognised WHS/EHS Training Course  4
Completion of further Management education course at recognised RTO / ASTMA Partner 3
Completion of Chemical Application/Handling (e.g AQF3) or equivalent at RTO / ASTMA Partner 3
Completion of Competency (Licence) Course (e.g. Operate & Maintain Chainsaw) at RTO / ASTMA Partner 3

 

 

Prior Learning Requirements:  Case Studies

 

Example Situation

Points Achieved

Eligibility

Points Required

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Turf Management (18 points) and have been employed as a Superintendent for 6 years (6 points) and as an Assistant Superintendent for 6 years (6 points) prior to that  30
(18 + 12)
Eligible  
I have a Certificate IV in Turf Management (13 points) and have been employed as a Grounds Manager for 8 years (8 points). 21
(13 + 8)
Eligible  
I have no Degree or Diploma (0 points) and I have been employed as an Assistant Superintendent for 2 years (2 points) and Greenskeeper for 15 years (15 points) prior to that.  17
(0 + 17)
Not Eligible 3
I have a Certificate IV in Business Management (11 points) and I have been employed as a Racetrack Manager for 5 years (5 points) and as Groundstaff for 6 years prior to that (6 points).  21
(10 + 11)
Eligible  
I have a Certificate III in Turf Management (10 points) and I have been employed as an Assistant Superintendent for 3 years (3 points) and Greenskeeper for 6 years (6 points) prior to that.  19
(10 + 9)
Not Eligible 1
I have no Degree or Diploma (0 points) and I have been employed as a Curator for 12 years (12 points), and previously as an Assistant Superintendent for 3 years (3 points) and Turf Tradesperson for 7 years (7 points) prior to that.  22
(0 + 22)
Eligible  
I have a Certificate III in Turf Management (10 points) and I have been employed as a Bowling Greenkeeper for 3 years (3 points), and Greenskeeper for 3 years (3 points) prior.  16
(10 + 6)
Not Eligible 4

 

 

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. 

 

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Apply now for the Sports Turf Manager Industry Certification Program by completing the form below outlining Knowledge & Experience Requirements