Training

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:

Environmental Management

Purchase Proposals

Event Management

Contract documentation

Irrigation design

Performance testing turf

Sustainability

Strategic Product/Market Development

Staff Development & Management

Cost Management, Financial Reporting and Projections

Business Systems

Business Planning

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)

Compulsory Units:

4270 – Performance test a sports turf surface

4272 – Appraise machinery requirements for a sports turf organization and present a purchase proposal

21447 – Prepare a sports turf facility to host a major event, and complete a post event evaluation

 

Plus a minimum of 35 credits from the following list:

Unit 4280 – Prepare contract documentation for sports turf work (15 credits)

Unit 4281 – Research a project of significance to the sports turf industry.

Unit 21451 – Research and evaluate design requirements for sports turf irrigation systems.

 

Plus a minimum (to achieve the total required 120 credits) from almost anywhere on the Framework but must be at Level 5 or above.

 

For further information please contact:

Primary ITO

Phone: 0800 20 80 20

Website: www.primaryito.ac.nz