Advanced Sports Turf Technician

Level 3 Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship is designed to provide technicians with the skills knowledge and behaviours to ensure that public and private sports turf surfaces (including hybrid but not fully artificial surfaces) meet the requirements of the sport and are available for use at all levels from amateur to professional sport. In their daily work, a technician interacts with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. They might typically report to a manager, deputy manager, general manager, owner or a committee. On a daily basis, they may interact with visitors, the general public, players, coaching staff, and other turf management/greenkeeping colleagues. They may also be required to liaise with suppliers and delivery personnel.

Successful completion of the apprenticeship provides accreditation to British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) for those working in the golf industry.

What apprentices will learn to;

  • Supervise and undertake the preparation and maintenance of the playing surface in accordance with governing bodies requirements, rules and regulations.
  • Evaluate performance and agronomic data of playing surfaces (e.g. weather data, soil conditions, performance quality standard). Recommends improvements to turf health and playing surface conditions.
  • Monitor and control threats to turf health and apply sustainable integrated pest management practices (encompassing weeds, pests, and diseases).
  • Supervise and implement processes, procedures and strategies for the effective usage of irrigation and drainage systems to maximise sports turf health and surface performance.
  • Prepare sports turf machinery and supervise maintenance programmes for equipment and machinery.
  • Agree the specification and implement resource and budget requirements for sports turf projects.
  • Supervise and mentor operatives and report on staff performance.
  • Supervise the adoption of sustainable and environmentally friendly working practices.
  • Ensure a safe working environment and the adoption of legal working practices including the reviewing of risk assessments.
  • Maintain own personal development by keeping up to date with current industry practices.
  • Communicate with stakeholders on the factors affecting the condition of the sports turf and manage expectations.
  • Plan, prepare for and supervise the construction or renovation of the sports turf facilities.

Qualifications Awarded

  • Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1)
  • Level 2 Award in Ground Crop Sprayer - Hydraulic Nozzle (PA2)
  • Level 2 in maths and English Functional Skills (if applicable)

Course details

Dates & Location

Next cohort enrolment in March 2024 with commencement of in college delivery from April 2024. 


Typically 24 months (some apprentices could complete sooner depending on their previous experience and qualifications, their perfomance during the apprenticeship and the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in the workplace) practical period with 3-month End Point Assessment window.


Costs to the employer will be dependent on several factors such as age of apprentice and size (number of employees) of the business. Please contact our Business Services team on 01273 892127 for more information.

Entry Requirements

To enrol onto an apprenticeship programme you need to be employed with a contract of employment. If you have an employer lined up, are already employed or are a business interested in this apprenticeship please contact our Business Services team on 01273 892127 or via email.

You must be in a role that will allow you the opportunity to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours of the apprenticeship. Additionally, you must have a working level of maths and English that will allow successful achievement of level 2 functional skill prior to the end point assessment.

Prior to enrolment potential apprentices will be required to complete;

  • Maths and English assessment
  • Existing skills, knowledge and behaviour assessment

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.

If you are an employer and would like to recruit or enrol an existing employee onto an apprenticeship please contact our Business Services team on  01273 892127 or via email.

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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