Advanced Golf Greenkeeper Apprenticeship

Level 3

The apprenticeship is designed to provide the greenkeeper with the skills and knowledge to operate at an advanced level where supervisory and/or specialist technical and agronomic skills are required.

Upon completion the advanced greenkeeper will have the necessary skills to supervise the greenkeeping team and the maintenance of the golf course, in the absence of the Head Greenkeeper/Golf Course Manager, and will assist in the planning, supervising and implementing the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course in line with the employer’s requirements.

Successful completion of the apprenticeship provides accreditation to British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA).

What apprentices will learn

  • Preparation of the golf course in accordance with the Rules of Golf
  • Prepare, establish and maintain golf course playing surfaces
  • Preparation, maintenance and storage of machinery
  • Supervise the greenkeeping team
  • Control of weeds, pests and diseases on the golf courseQualifications:
  • Level 2 in maths and English (if applicable)

Qualifications Awarded

  • Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1)
  • PA2 (Boom Sprayer) OR PA6 (Hand Held Applicators) or equivalent
  • Level 1 in maths and English (if applicable)

End Point Assessment

  • Written examination
  • Professional discussion with portfolio as evidence
  • Practical observations

Apprenticeship Graded

  • Fail, Pass, Merit, Distinction

Course details


Typically 24 Months

Entry Requirements

Maths and English Level 1.

Level 2 qualification in Greenkeeping or extensive industry experience.

To enrol onto an apprenticeship programme you need to be employed with a contract of employment. If you have an employer lined up or are already employed please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01273 892127 or via email.

If you do not currently have an employer please visit the main Apprenticeships page for guidance on how to find and apply for an apprenticeship opportunity or register for our Talent Bank service.

Plumpton College has industry expert tutors providing the most up to date learning and assessment who have over 50+ years’ experience of 'Head Greenkeeper' roles on different style of courses.

Plumpton also has access to guest industry speakers to provide variety of insights to enhance knowledge of learners.

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