Primary ITO provide qualifications in the Agriculture, Horticulture, Equine, Water, Processing and Sports Turf industries
The Primary ITO currently has the following Sports Turf qualifications registered on the NZQA framework:
National Certificate in Sports Turf (Introduction to Turf Care) at Level 3
National Certificate in Sports Turf Management at level 4
National Certificate in Sports Turf at level 5
National Diploma in Sports Turf Management at level 6
National Certificate in Sports Turf Management, Level 4
The National Certificate in Sports Turf Management Level 4, is the standard (trade) qualification for the golf course industry.
There are no examinations for the National Certificate in Sports Turf Management. Instead of examinations, a learner will need to prove to assessors that they are competent in each of the unit standards that make up the qualification. They do this by working on the job, attending block courses and by undertaking distance learning either via correspondence or on line. It usually takes three and a half years to complete and you will require a Primary ITO registered Workplace Assessor to sign off the on job portion of the qualification. The New Zealand Sports Turf Institute deliver the off job portion.
Registered units of learning that make up the National Certificate in Sports Turf Management (Level 4)
Demonstrate knowledge of soil properties and their effect on plant growth
Demonstrate knowledge of soils and fertilisers
Describe the characteristics and requirements of sports turf surfaces
Demonstrate knowledge of elementary turf botany
Maintain hand tools and service small engines
Describe the legal requirements and occupational hazards associated with tractor use
Check and drive a basic wheel tractor with an attached implement on flat terrain
Use sports turf machinery and equipment
Survey sports turf areas
Drain sports turf areas
Monitor and interpret weather information
Determine requirements for sports turf soil water management
Irrigate sports turf areas
Identify and monitor common turf pests
Identify common turf weeds
Identify common turf diseases
Mow sports turf areas
Describe nutrients and fertilisers required for turf
Assess soil and plan a fertiliser programme for sports turf use
Fertilise sports turf areas
Establish a sports turf surface
Upgrade a sports turf root zone
Demonstrate knowledge of agrichemicals
Describe calibration and calibrate application equipment
Control common turf pests
Control common turf weeds
Control common turf diseases
Compare maintenance requirements for major sports turf surfaces and maintain sports turf areas
Supervise staff working on turf facilities
Prepare and present a budget for sports turf operations
National Certificate in Sports Turf Management, Level 5
The Level 5 Management qualification provides certification in management relevant to the turf industry.
Designed for people who work in management to develop their management capability and enable them to work confidently in these roles.
It comprises a total of 70 credits, half industry specific and half business management both delivered by the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute. This qualification has an 18 month duration.
Tailored qualification is selected from the following content:
Performance testing turf
Strategic Product/Market Development
Staff Development & Management
Cost Management, Financial Reporting and Projections
Financial and Commercial Understanding
Staff Performance Management
National Diploma in Sports Turf Management, Level 6
The National Diploma in Sports Turf Management is delivered by a combination of learning with the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute and/or other providers. People working in the Sports Turf industry study the unit standards that make up the National Diploma by distance learning (correspondence).
The National Diploma in Sports Turf Management (Level 6) takes approximately 2 ½ years to complete, depending on the path of study selected.
There are a number of unit standards that can be cross credited from the National Certificate in Sports Turf Management Level 5.
The following summary outlines the changes and the process involved in achieving the Diploma.
The qualification is made up of:
A small core compulsory component (40 credits)
An elective component from the sports turf subfield at Level 6 or 7 (Minimum 35 credits)
An elective component from a wide range of fields, subfields and domains, including the sports turf subfield (Maximum 45 credits)