The Ultimate Guide to a rewarding career in Sports Turf Management

16 Oct, 2023

Sports turf management refers to the care, maintenance, and improvement of sporting fields and golf courses. If you have a passion for sports and an interest in landscaping, a sports turf management career could be the perfect fit for you.

What is Sports Turf Management?

Have you ever noticed the manicured and meticulous pitch when watching your favourite sports team play? These carefully cared-for grounds don’t happen by magic. The grounds of sporting fields are so well presented, thanks to the managers responsible for them.

But ensuring the grass is green and mown is only one of the many responsibilities of a sports turf manager. They also implement weed and pest control measures, install and operate irrigation systems, and ensure the optimal performance and safety of the playing surface.

Working closely with landscape architects and groundskeepers, they are responsible for creating and preserving top-quality fields for the specific needs of the different sports played on them.

How to Become Qualified

As a qualified trade profession, the successful completion of a traineeship is a requirement.

ARO College offers the best start for a career in this rewarding field. Obtaining Certificate III in Sports Turf Management provides you with the trade qualification required as part of the completion of a traineeship.

Through this Certification, you will get the required skills to work independently in a diverse range of tasks within various work environments. You will learn a wide range of skills that are applicable across different settings like using discretion and judgment in task planning, equipment selection and operation, resource coordination and implementing contingency measures.

Continuing Education and Professional Development

As with most professions, this industry is constantly evolving. It is more important than ever to stay up to date with the latest trends and practices. ARO College offers several options to stay at the forefront with additional certifications, such as the Diploma in Horticulture.

It is also worth joining industry organisations such as Turf Management SA. ARO College is a Platinum Sponsor of the TMSA, and their website offers valuable resources and membership provides essential networking opportunities and educational programs.

Going into a career in sports turf management can be a highly rewarding path for those who are passionate about sports and landscaping. By completing a traineeship and Certificate III in Sports Turf Management, you can acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in your trade.

ARO College has over 20 years of experience training students in landscaping, horticulture, sports turf management, conservation, and park & garden maintenance. With practical knowledge, industry-experienced trainers, and modern learning tools we have what it takes to prepare you for a successful career in landscaping, turf management, conservation, or horticulture.

Get started in Certificate III in Sports Turf Management today!