# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Turfgrass Management Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Turfgrass Management (8051/36 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Note: Competencies 39-43 have been added to ensure compliance with federal legislation: National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7, https://www.congress.gov/116/plaws/publ7/PLAW-116publ7.pdf). All inquiries may be sent to cte@doe.virginia.gov. Students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success. Instruction is delivered through three major components: classroom/lab instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, and student leadership (FFA).

  1. Identify the role of supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) in agricultural education.
  2. Participate in an SAE.

Exploring Leadership Opportunities through FFA

  1. Identify the benefits and responsibilities of FFA membership.
  2. Describe leadership characteristics and opportunities as they relate to agriculture and FFA.
  3. Apply for an FFA degree and/or an agricultural proficiency award.

Gaining an Overview of the Turfgrass Industry

  1. Identify components of the program and course.
  2. Follow safety procedures for personal protection.
  3. Examine careers in the turfgrass industry.
  4. Describe the benefits of turf areas.

Applying Science to Turf Management

  1. Describe turf morphology, physiology, and the taxonomy of major turfgrass species.
  2. Identify the importance of soil fertility and its physical properties in turf growth and development.
  3. Distinguish among turf types.
  4. Identify factors that determine turfgrass selection.
  5. Identify factors that influence turfgrass seed selection.
  6. Identify practices for turf establishment.
  7. Demonstrate practices for turf establishment.
  8. Identify synthetic turf surfaces.
  9. Explain why correct mowing practices are important to the quality of turf.
  10. Identify the effect of turfgrass on the environment.
  11. Identify nutrient management practices.
  12. Explain water requirements and irrigation methods.
  13. Identify basic pest management practices.
  14. Identify alternative management practices for turf areas.

Operating and Maintaining Equipment

  1. Identify tools and equipment used in the turfgrass industry.
  2. Select tools and equipment.
  3. Identify safety concerns in the turfgrass industry.
  4. Apply pre- and post-operational procedures.
  5. Demonstrate the safe use of turfgrass equipment.
  6. Maintain turfgrass equipment such as a rotary mower, reel mower, sod cutter, tractor, string trimmer, and blower.

Incorporating Mathematics in the Turfgrass Industry

  1. Compute area, perimeter, volume, and slope for a variety of turfgrass applications.