Sports Turf Management Project

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Case for change

The need for skills and knowledge for increasingly complex sports turf management processes was identified as a priority skill area in the 2018-2021 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work (see pages 88 – 90). The Skills Forecast proposed the review of two Sports Turf Management qualifications (Certificate II and Diploma) and the 38 units of competency listed in these qualifications. After consultation with industry and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC), the project scope has been adjusted to review four sports turf management qualifications (Certificate II, III, IV and Diploma) and 17 turf specific units of competency.

Skills Impact and the Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management IRC will manage this project, consistent with the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see pages 88 – 90)

 

 

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review and update four existing sports turf management qualifications and 17 related units of competency to reflect current industry practices, and incorporate the latest technologies, equipment and advances in turf agronomy.

The qualifications will be reviewed and updated to include work functions that reflect current job roles in the industry. The units of competency and their related assessment requirements will be updated to reflect the requirements and detail industry has been seeking, to support quality training and assessment in this sector.  The qualifications and units will comply with the Standards for Training Packages 2012 and will be incorporated in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

 

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Relevant Occupations
  • Assistant green keeper/ Green keeper
  • Grounds person
  • Sports turf tradesperson
  • Assistant turf manager/curator/grounds manager
  • Assistant golf course superintendent/ Golf course superintendent
  • Bowling greenkeeper/Head bowling greenkeeper
  • Assistant track manager /Track manager

 

Key deliverables

Review of the four existing Sports Turf Management and 17 related units of competency units of competency in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package. The project may develop up to five new units and five new skill sets.

 

Timeline

August – September 2018
Initial scoping

September – October 2018
Development of draft qualifications, skill sets and units

October – November 2018
Drafts available for broader consultation

February 2019
Validation of final drafts

April 2019
Finalisation of Training Package components

May – June 2019
Independent Quality Assurance, and Edit and Equity review of Training Package components

June 2019
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Tom Vassallo Industry Skills Standards Manager tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au
Kate Vanson Industry Engagement Manager, Skills Impact kate@skillsimpact.com.au
Ron Barrow Industry Skills Standards Contractor, Nestor Consulting

 

The Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation and Land Management Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will oversee this project, as part of their responsibilities to support engagement with the sector, and to ensure projects meets industry stakeholder needs.

 

Stakeholder Consultation Process

A list of key stakeholder organisations is being developed for this project. Skills Impact will ensure contact is made with each of these organisations during the development of this project to seek their involvement and their views on the draft qualifications and units.

If you are aware of an organisation that you think should be involved, please contact the project team to ensure they are contacted by us.

Of course, all and any interested industry participants are encouraged to engage in the consultation of this project, when the draft qualifications and units are available for feedback via this webpage and workshops that take place around Australia. Consultation is not limited to the organisations on this list. This list simply helps us to identify those organisations that, because of their industry role, size or specialty, are likely to have a key interest in the development and outcomes of this project.

 

Opportunities for stakeholder input

Stakeholder input is appreciated throughout the duration of this project. The documents will be drafted in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and their networks. Opportunities to provide targeted feedback will occur when the draft materials are made available, which is expected in late October 2018, and again for validation of final drafts which is expected in February 2019. However, your feedback is welcomed at any time, and will help us in drafting the qualifications, skill set and units. It is important that training provides a skilled and flexible workforce for the future. The qualifications, skill sets and units need to reflect real work experience. So if you work in the sector, Skills Impact would appreciate your input and help. Please feel free to register your interest for project updates and consultation opportunities by following the newsletter subscription link below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact the project manager, Tom Vassallo on 03 9321 3526 or tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts will be drawn on throughout this project to help review and draft the revised units, skill sets and qualifications.

If you are interested in applying to be a subject matter expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

Development

Work commenced in September 2018 to review and redevelop the four existing sports turf management qualifications and 17 related units of competency in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package. This work has been assisted by input from a Subject Matter Expert Working Group that includes representatives from various sub-sectors of the sports turf management industry across Australia.

Draft qualifications and units will be available for broad consultation in late October.

Consultation Workshops – Registrations Open!

The revised draft qualifications and units will be made available on this webpage for public consideration and feedback from late October to late November 2018 (under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above). Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place, across states and territories, with two webinars planned for those unable to attend in person. Registrations for these workshops are now open. Please feel free to register for a workshop near you or a webinar by clicking the corresponding link.

Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops

Tue 30 Oct 18, 8am to 10am – Melbourneregister here

Wed 31 Oct 18 8am to 10am – Perthregister here

Thu 1 Nov 18, 10am to 12 noon – Adelaideregister here

Fri 2 Nov 18, 10am to 12 noon – Canberraregister here

Mon 5 Nov 18, 11am to 1pm Hobart – Hobart register here (new time)

Wed 7 Nov 18, 8am to 10am – Sydneyregister here

Thu 8 Nov 18, 10am to 12 noon – Brisbaneregister here

Consultation Webinars

Thu 15 Nov 18, 10 to 11am – Webinarregister here

Thu 15 Nov 18, 1 to 2pm – Webinarregister here

 

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Drafts Available

Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the three revised qualifications, four new skill sets and 18 revised units of competency. The drafts were made available on this webpage for broad stakeholder review from 25 October – 25 November 2018.

Feedback was sought on whether the draft qualifications, skill sets and units reflect the current skills standards and practices of industry, and whether job functions are accurately described. Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation in February 2019.

They have been revised to include work functions that reflect current job roles in the industry and incorporate the latest technologies, equipment and advances in turf agronomy.

Summary of consultation to date

Feedback on the draft documents was collected via the online feedback hub, face-to-face consultation workshops and webinars. To view the draft documents, including comments that were made on them from people using the feedback hub, please click on the expandable document menus below.

The draft qualifications, skill sets and units have been drafted in consultation with a Subject Matter Expert Working Group that includes representatives from various sub-sectors of the sports turf management industry, across Australia. After completing a Workforce Functional Analysis, the working group provided detailed information on the skills and knowledge required to perform the job roles and functions.

This existing unit – AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program – was available for review and feedback between 21 December 2018 – 23 January 2019. Views were sought on whether the unit describes the work functions accurately. In particular, whether the unit should require the coordination, follow up and monitoring of a work team which are included in performance criteria 1.5, 1.6, 3.1 and 4.1.

Qualifications

AHC20916 Certificate II in Sports Turf Management View draft qualification
AHC31316 Certificate III in Sports Turf Management View draft qualification
AHC51016 Diploma of Sports Turf Management View draft qualification

 

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

The Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management is proposed for deletion. Feedback from subject matter experts suggests the qualification no longer meets industry needs. The two sports turf management units (AHCTRF401 Develop a sports turf maintenance program and AHCTRF402 Plan and implement sports turf renovation) in this qualification have been reviewed and are now part of a new skill set titled – Advance technical skills set for sports turf managers. They have also been added as electives in the redesigned Diploma of Sports Turf Management.

AHC40816 Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management View qualification

 

Skill sets

AHCSSXXX Advanced technical skills set for sports turf managers View draft skill set
AHCSSXXX Basic business management skills set for sports turf managers View draft skill set
AHCSSXXX Basic technical support skills set for sports turf volunteers View draft skill set
AHCSSXXX Design irrigation and drainage skills set for sports turf View draft skill set

 

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Units of competency

AHCTRF101 Support turf work View draft unit

 

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

AHCTRF201 Assist with turf construction View draft unit
AHCTRF202 Prepare turf surfaces for play View draft unit
AHCTRF203 Renovate grassed areas View draft unit
AHCTRF204 Support turf establishment View draft unit

 

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

AHCTRF301 Construct turf playing surfaces View draft unit
AHCTRF302 Establish turf View draft unit
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas View draft unit
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program* Download draft unit
AHCTRF304 Monitor turf health View draft unit
AHCTRF305 Renovate sports turf View draft unit
AHCTRF3XX Implement sports surface preparation for play View draft unit

 

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

This existing unit – AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program – was available for review and feedback between 21 December 2018 – 23 January 2019. Views were sought on whether the unit describes the work functions accurately. In particular, whether the unit should require the coordination, follow up and monitoring of a work team which are included in performance criteria 1.5, 1.6, 3.1 and 4.1.

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AHCTRF401 Develop a sports turf maintenance program View draft unit
AHCTRF402 Plan and implement sports turf renovation View draft unit

 

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

AHCTRF5XX Design sand based profile for sports turf surfaces View draft unit
AHCTRF502 Manage sports turf renovation programs View draft unit
AHCTRF503 Develop sports turf management programs View draft unit
AHCTRF504 Manage sports turf facility assets View draft unit

 

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

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Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

Validation

The final draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency for the Sports Turf Management Project are now available for validation and comment. Please find the documents listed below, divided into groups. They have been revised to include work functions that reflect current job roles in the industry and incorporate the latest technologies, equipment and advances in turf agronomy.

The draft documents will be available on this webpage for validation and feedback until 21 February 2019.

Validation means checking and confirming that the documents are logical and factually accurate. We are seeking your views on whether the final draft qualifications and units accurately reflect the current industry skills standards, knowledge and practices and whether all job functions are accurately described. 

You are welcome to provide comment on as many of the draft documents as you would like. Please feel free to share these with others who may be interested in providing validation or comment. 

How to participate in the validation process

Please click on the expandable menus below. After reading the final draft, click the ‘provide validation and/or further comment’ button below and select the specific unit, skill set or qualification you would like to validate and/or provide further comment on. Note: once you complete one unit or qualification in a group you will be asked if you would like to provide feedback on another document in that group. There is also the option to provide feedback via email to tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au if you prefer.

Summary of consultation

From 25 October – 25 November 2018 the draft qualifications, skill sets and units of competency were made available on the Skills Impact website under the ‘Drafts Available’ stage. The drafts included three revised qualifications, four new skill sets, 16 revised units and one new unit. Feedback was also sought on the proposed deletion of the existing AHC40816 Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management.

From 21 December 2018 – 23 January 2019, the revised unit AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program was available for review and feedback.

The feedback received has been considered with assistance from a Subject Matter Expert Working Group that includes representatives from various sub-sectors of the sports turf management industry across Australia. A major change arising from the feedback has been the restructure of the Diploma of Sports Turf Management, including the decision to abort the proposed new unit AHCTRF5XX Design sand based profile for sports turf surfaces and transfer some key outcomes from the unit and include them in a redesign of the existing AHCTRF501 Plan the establishment of sports turf playing surfaces.

A description of how feedback has been considered and applied in the “drafts available” stage can be downloaded below.

Qualifications

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHC2XXXX Certificate II in Sports Turf Management Minor change to Qualification descriptor

Minor change to mix of Core and Elective units. AHCTRF201 Assist with turf construction removed from core and placed in Electives, AHCIRG217 Assist with pressurised irrigation operations added to Core.

Reduction of listed elective units

Minor change to mapping table

Download final draft qualification
AHC3XXXX Certificate III in Sports Turf Management Minor changes to the Packaging Rules:

  • 18 core units (increased by 1)
  • 5 elective units. (decreased by 1)

Changes also made to the qualification descriptor and legislative requirements

Rationalisation of elective units to better reflect industry requirements

Corrections to changed codes and titles

Updated mapping table

Download final draft qualification
AHC5XXXX Diploma of Sports Turf Management Major changes have also been made to the listed Core and Elective units – refer to the Summary of Feedback, Responses and Action report (pages 6 –10) available on this webpage for more information. Download final draft qualification

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

AHC40816 Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management The Certificate IV in Sports Turf Management is proposed for deletion. Industry feedback suggests the qualification does not reflect current job roles.

The two sports turf management units (AHCTRF401 Develop a sports turf maintenance program and AHCTRF402 Plan and implement sports turf renovation) in the qualification proposed for deletion are currently listed in other AHC qualifications. These units are not listed in any or the revised Sports Turf Management qualifications and skill sets, but have been revised and will continue to be available for use in other AHC qualifications.

View qualification

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

Skill sets

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCSSXXX Business skills set for sports turf management Title change

Minor changes in Description, Target Group, and suggested words for Statement of Attainment

Added AHCWHS401 Maintain work health and safety processes

Download final draft skill set
AHCSSXXX Skills set for sports turf volunteers Title change Download final draft skill set
AHCSSXXX Technical skills set for sports turf management Title change

Minor change to Description, wording for Target Group, and suggested words for Statement of Attainment

Substituted AHCIRG408 Schedule irrigations with AHCIRG501 Audit irrigation

Substituted AHCTRF401 Develop a sports turf maintenance program and AHCTRF402 Plan and implement sports turf renovation with AHCTRF502 Manage sports turf renovation programs systems

Download final draft skill set

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

Units of competency

AHCTRF101 Support turf work Changes to the Foundation Skills

Minor changes to wording in Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence

Download final draft unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCTRF201 Assist with turf construction Changes to the Foundation Skills

Minor changes to wording in Performance Evidence and Knowledge Evidence

Minor changes to the Assessment Conditions

Download final draft unit
AHCTRF2XX Assist in the preparation of turf surfaces for play Title change

Changes to Performance Criteria, Foundation Skills and wording in Performance Evidence

Minor change to wording in Knowledge Evidence

Minor changes to the Assessment Conditions

Updated mapping table

Download final draft unit
AHCTRF203 Renovate grassed areas Minor changes to Application, Performance Criteria 1.1, Foundation Skills, Performance Evidence, and Assessment Conditions Download final draft unit
AHCTRF204 Support turf establishment Minor changes to wording in Performance Criteria 3.3, 4.2, 4.5

Minor changes to Assessment Conditions

Download final draft unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCTRF301 Construct turf playing surfaces Minor change to Performance Criteria 5.1, Performance Evidence, and the Assessment Conditions

Minor changes to wording in Knowledge Evidence

Changes to the Foundation Skills

Download final draft unit
AHCTRF302 Establish turf Minor change to Performance Criteria 2.4 and 4.3, Knowledge Evidence, and Assessment Conditions

Change to Performance Evidence

Download final draft unit
AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program Minor changes to Elements 2, 3 and 4

Two Performance Criteria added to Element 4 and minor changes to other Performance Criteria

Changes to the Foundation Skills

Minor change to Performance Evidence, Knowledge Evidence, and Assessment Conditions

Unit mapping comments changed to show this is a new unit

Download final draft unit
AHCTRF3XX Prepare sports surfaces for play Unit sector changed from Turf to Soil

Minor change to Performance Criteria 2.3

Changes to the Foundation Skills and Knowledge Evidence

Download final draft unit
AHCTRF304 Monitor turf health Minor change to Application, Foundation Skills, and Assessment Conditions

Additions made to the Knowledge Evidence

Download final draft unit
AHCTRF305 Renovate sports turf New Performance Criteria 1.2 added to identify grass species

Performance Criteria 2.4 deleted to remove duplication

Changes to the Foundation Skills, Performance Evidence, and Knowledge Evidence

Download final draft unit
AHCSOL303 Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas Minor change to Performance Criteria to remove coordination and follow up of a work team

Minor change to the Assessment Conditions

Download final draft unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

This existing unit – AHCTRF303 Implement a grassed area maintenance program – was available for review and feedback between 21 December 2018 – 23 January 2019. Views were sought on whether the unit describes the work functions accurately. In particular, whether the unit should require the coordination, follow up and monitoring of a work team which are included in performance criteria 1.5, 1.6, 3.1 and 4.1.

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AHCTRF401 Develop a sports turf maintenance program Minor change to Performance Criteria 5.2 to remove ‘management’

Minor change to the Assessment Conditions to remove ‘management’ from the relationships

Download final draft unit
AHCTRF402 Plan and implement sports turf renovation Changes to the Foundation Skills

Minor change to wording in Knowledge Evidence

Download final draft unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group.

AHCTRF501 Plan the establishment of sports turf playing surfaces AHCTRF501 Plan the establishment of sports turf playing surfaces has been redesigned, and includes two new elements that have arisen from the aborted AHCTRF5XXX Design sand based profile for sports turf surfaces:

  • Element 2 added to cover selection of turf profile construction materials
  • Element 3 added to cover Develop concept design for sports turf playing surface
Download final draft unit
AHCTRF502 Manage sports turf renovation programs Changes to the Foundation Skills

Minor change to Performance Evidence

Minor change to wording in Knowledge Evidence

Download final draft unit
AHCTRF503 Develop sports turf management programs Minor changes to Performance Criteria, Performance Evidence, Knowledge Evidence and Assessment Conditions

Changes to the Foundation Skills

Download final draft unit
AHCTRF504 Manage sports turf facility assets Minor change to Application, Performance Evidence, and Assessment Conditions

New Performance Criteria 2.2 added to identify grass species

Changes to the Foundation Skills

Download final draft unit

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing tvassallo@skillsimpact.com.au.

 

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

Finalisation

This stage has not yet commenced