***Please note - entry to this L7 Cert requires applicants to have at least a full L6 Award in Horticulture. Please see the 'Entry' tab for more information on suitable qualifications accepted for entry***
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This certificate*** will develop your understanding of the construction and maintenance of turf and artificial surfaces used for sports. The Certificate in Sportsturf Science will be of benefit to candidates who seek to increase their scientific knowledge of the turf-based surfaces they establish and maintain. It would be of great benefit to greenkeepers, irrigation and lighting specialists, stadium managers, and landscape contractors already working in the area, or indeed to candidates who have specialised in other areas of Horticulture but seek work in the sportsturf industry.
On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to:
In-person attendance required
Students will be required to have formal horticultural education prior to admission. Evidence of such qualifications will be assessed by SETU Waterford prior to admission. The following table gives a list of horticultural qualifications to gain entry to these awards. Students presenting with suitable qualifications examined in English will be deemed to have demonstrated proficiency in English.
Title: FETAC Award in Horticulture 5M2586 and level 6 award 6M4334
Duration: 2 years
Programme: Any recognised FETAC provider of horticultural programme
Title: Teagasc – Certificate in Horticulture
Duration: 1 year full-time programme
Programme: Students must have attended a Teagasc Horticultural College – Kildalton College, Warrenstown or National Botanic Gardens. This original Certificate in Horticulture programme was more extensive than the current FETAC Award in horticulture 5M2586.
Title: Teagasc – Advanced Certificate in Hortitculture
Duration: An add on year to the Certificate in Horticulture
Programme: Students must have attended a Teagasc Horticultural College – Kildalton College, Warrenstown or National Botanic Gardens. 6.
Title: ACOT/Teagasc/FETAC Diploma in Horticulture
Duration: 3 year programme
Programme: Students must have attended an ACOT or Teagasc Horticultural programme
Title: Dept of Agriculture/ACOT Senior Certificate in Horticulture
Duration: 2 years
Programme: Department of Agriculture / ACOT Horticulture programme
Other horticultural qualifications, which meet or exceed the above standards e.g. the BSc. in Horticulture will be accepted and others such as those from Greenmount College NI or other UK, European Horticultural colleges, or foreign institutions will be considered and evaluated by SETU Waterford as to their appropriateness.
Progression, Employment, Transfer of Certificate Graduates
Students who subsequently choose to apply and enter into Year 1 of the BSc in Horticulture will receive exemptions for modules they have successfully passed at the appropriate year.
Students who wish to enter the BSc in Horticulture as transfer students into either Year 2 or Year 3 must meet the entry requirements as set out in the existing established transfer mechanism. Exemptions for modules students have successfully completed will be granted. Students wishing to transfer into Year 3, an award year, will be advised as to the appropriateness of accepting a record of educational achievement rather than a certificate.
These minor awards offer structured continuous professional development opportunities to those already working in the industry.
This minor award offers structured continuous professional development opportunities to those already working in the horticulture industry. Successfully completing this course will upskills candidates and will allow candidates who may have been out of formal horticulture education for some time to seek work in the sportsturf industry. In addition, completing this level 7 certificate in Sportsturf Science will allow faster progression to supervisory and management roles in the sportsturf industry.