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

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Turfgrass Management, Advanced (8054/36 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.

Investigating Careers in the Turfgrass Industry

  1. Investigate careers associated with the management and maintenance of turf in various industry sectors.
  2. Investigate careers associated with the manufacture and sale of turf equipment and supplies.
  3. Investigate careers associated with turf-related services.
  4. Investigate careers associated with agricultural science, education, and public services.
  5. Participate in the development of a training plan for work-based learning experiences (e.g., SAE) in the turfgrass industry.

Managing Turf Areas with Irrigation

  1. Identify the components of an irrigation system.
  2. Conduct experiments and exercises related to irrigation.
  3. Debate issues surrounding water use and quality.
  4. Explain considerations regarding the management of soil drainage.
  5. Evaluate alternative drainage systems.

Managing a Turf Business

  1. Keep records associated with management of a turf business.
  2. Explain issues related to human resources management in the turf industry.

Managing Natural and Synthetic Turfgrass Areas

  1. Develop an overview of pesticides.
  2. Demonstrate safety guidelines related to pest management.
  3. Apply principles of integrated pest management.
  4. Manage weed pests.
  5. Manage insect pests.
  6. Manage turf diseases.
  7. Identify cultural practices used in turf management.
  8. Apply cultural turf management practices.
  9. Identify equipment used to maintain synthetic turf surfaces.
  10. Explain synthetic turf management practices.

Addressing Environmental Issues

  1. Evaluate nutrient management practices in turfgrass systems.
  2. Debate environmental issues related to the turf industry.
  3. Debate alternative management practices for turf areas.
  4. Demonstrate sprayer and spreader calibration.

Managing a Turf Facility

  1. Design a turf facility.
  2. Perform maintenance and repair to general turf areas.
  3. Perform equipment maintenance.
  4. Perform athletic field setup.
  5. Promote a turfgrass management business through social media.
  6. Use digital resources common to the turfgrass industry.