An apprentice commencing on a golf course would typically take 24 months to complete their education and training. However, this may be reduced if an apprentice has already gained knowledge and skills working on a golf course or a sports turf facility.
A Golf Greenkeeper is responsible for the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course in line with employer’s requirements. It is their job to maintain a good quality playing surface and ensure the course offers a consistent challenge and an enjoyable experience for golfers.
There are four key turfgrass areas on a golf course – greens, tees, fairways and areas of rough, each of which requires a different type of maintenance. Using a range of equipment and machinery safely and competently will play a major part within an apprentices training programme. Golf Greenkeepers will also be involved in hazard, environmental and ecological operations which may include bunker maintenance, planting turf, trees, shrubs and developing wildlife habitats. The skills required to become a competent greenkeeper will be acquired whilst working on the golf course.
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The career as a Golf Greenkeeper is an excellent career if you enjoy working outdoors in a healthy environment. As new countries are embracing the sport and more golf courses are being built, there is no better time to consider joining this great profession.
Potential apprentices will have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grades A-D (including maths, English and science) or other equivalent vocational qualifications. Employers, who recruit apprentices without the above levels of qualifications, will have to ensure they achieve level 1 in English and maths as part of their Apprenticeship and have worked towards and taken level 2 English and Maths tests prior sitting the End Point Assessment.
- Maintain good standards of health and safety for self and others
- Preparing the golf course for play which will include removing early morning dew and debris from the greens, raking bunkers, moving tee markers, cutting new holes on greens
- Preparing and using equipment and machinery to maintain and renovate all turf surfaces within the golf course, including the use of tractors, ride-on machines, and specialist equipment
- Apply turf treatments to help produce quality playing surfaces, including fertilisers and top dressing
- Using a variety of integrated methods to control weeds, fungal diseases, pests and turf disorders
- Maintain and renovate bunkers and other hazards such as water features
- Maintain drainage and irrigation systems
- Preparing ground to establish turf and plants when maintaining, renovating and constructing golf course features
Typically x 6 two to three day blocks of training at both Duchy College and at local golf courses.
Regular assessment and coaching in the workplace by your assessor and tutor.
Delivery by experienced Green Keepers at both Duchy College and at local golf courses.
This standard is recognised by the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and The Greenkeeping Training Committee (GTC) the Professional Body for Greenkeepers. At the start of the apprenticeship the apprentice will be registered with BIGGA. Upon completion of this standard the apprentice will be eligible to join BIGGA as a full member and become a BIGGA Accredited Greenkeeper.
In addition to achieving your Level 2 Certificate in Greenkeeping, you will achieve the following qualifications alongside your apprenticeship while training at Duchy College:
- Level 2 Emergency First aid
- The safe use of pesticides PA 1
- Handheld applicator equipment PA 6
The successful apprentice will have the opportunity to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship standard.
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.