Standard Level 2

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This Apprenticeship is designed to operate as the professional standard for people working as a Golf Greenkeeper within the industry.

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.

The career as a Golf Greenkeeper can take you wherever the game of golf is played. Working outdoors in a healthy environment and 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.

The learning is based on the Golf Training Committee’s (GTC) training manual which is the recognised standard for operating in the sector. The Training Manual sets out all the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be a competent Golf Greenkeeper and can be used as a Learning Journal for the Apprentice.

The Employer can use the Training Manual to develop a training plan, to discuss and monitor progress on the apprenticeship, provide feedback and guide development, with the support of the training provider.

Regular checks between the employer and the training provider will take place to ensure that the Apprentice is on track to complete the learning and agree how any issues will be addressed.

A record of Off the Job Training – this is training that must occur for a minimum of 20% of the time the Apprentice is paid to work and is training delivered outside of their normal working duties – to develop a wider understanding of the industry.

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Entry Requirements:

You will need an employer who would like to take you on as an apprentice. 

You will also attend college for a minimum number of set hours each week. 

You will have ideally have achieved GCSE grades A-E or equivalent. If you have an equivalent qualification, we will also take this into consideration, along with any industry experience you may have. 

Dates & Location:

January 2020

September 2020


24 Months


Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called ‘co-investment’.

From April 2019, you will pay 5% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (95%), up to the funding band maximum.

Future Opportunities

This Standard is recognised by the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), 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.

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