Sports Turf Management (Level 2)

Sports Turf professionals are responsible for the management and maintenance of golf courses, cricket wickets, sports fields and artificial turf, among others. Immerse yourself in a programme that blends theoretical knowledge with practical, hands-on experience.

Location: Cromwell

Delivery: One day a week for the school year.





What will I do?

> Plant biology

> Maintenance of sports turf tools, equipment and machinery

> Learn about soils and fertiliser

> Learn about irrigation systems

> Health and safety requirements around equipment and chemicals


What could I do next?

Undertake further study at Otago Polytechnic, specialising in one of the following areas:

> NZ Certificate in Horticulture Services (L4) (Sports Turf)


Course content*


Unit Standard OSTC Course in Sports Turf Management Credits Level
1150 Demonstrate understanding of the structure and organisation of 5 2 the New Zealand sports turf industry 5
20533 Select and prepare specialist mower types, mow turf areas, and 10 3 complete post-mowing requirements 10 3
22188 Demonstrate knowledge of irrigation systems used in horticulture 5 2
20531 Use and care for amenity turf maintenance tools and small equipment 3
19044 Demonstrate knowledge of the legal requirements and hazards 3 2 associated with tractor use 3 2
25111 Demonstrate understanding of nutrients and fertilisers for turf
  Total 34  


We are doing our best to ensure that this information is accurate.  However, there may be some content changes to our programmes, and all our programmes will run subject to demand and capacity. 

I’m keen! What do I do now?

Go and have a talk to your School’s Career advisor and mention this course with Otago Polytechic.

They will be able to take you through the application process or help with any further questions.

For more information about OSTC, visit


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.