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Sports Turf Managers and Trades Workers
Unit Group

Sports Turf Managers and Trades Workers establish and maintain fine turf, grassed areas and synthetic surfaces used for sporting events.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 2); or

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • preparing seedbeds for new turf
  • establishing and maintaining turf by watering, over sowing or over seeding, and repairing green damage
  • mowing, rolling and levelling turf
  • pegging and marking out lines and logos, installing nets, posts and stumps, and placing other sports equipment on playing areas
  • operating and maintaining hand and power-driven equipment such as mowers, aerators, cultivators, corers and line marking equipment
  • constructing cricket wickets, tennis courts, and bowling, croquet, and golf greens
  • replanting, repairing, aerating, fertilising and topdressing lawns
  • diagnosing, treating, and preventing turf pests and diseases
  • installing and maintaining synthetic surfaces
  • may maintain buildings, fences, and surrounding gardens
  • may oversee and coordinate workers maintaining sports turf facilities

Occupations in this unit group

  • 362312 - Sports Turf Manager

    Alternative Title:

    • Sportsground Manager

    Manages fine turf sporting facilities and supervises and coordinates the activities of sports turf tradespersons and maintenance staff. Registration or licencing may be required.

    Skill Level: 2


    • Golf Course Superintendent
    • Head Curator (Sportsground)
  • 362313 - Sports Turf Trades Worker

    Alternative Titles:

    • Greenkeeper
    • Groundsperson (Sportsground)
    • Turf Tradesperson

    Maintains fine turf sporting facilities and related irrigation systems; and diagnoses, treats and prevents turf pests and diseases to enhance the presentation and playability of sport and recreation facilities. Registration or licencing may be required.

    Skill Level: 3


    • Grounds Curator
    • Sportsground Foreperson

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