About The Apprenticeship
The Advanced Golf Greenkeeper encompasses various job titles and technical specialisms. 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.
The apprentice would typically take 24 – 27 months to complete their education and training to become fully competent. However, this may be reduced if an apprentice has already gained knowledge and skills working on a golf course in a supervisory and technical role.
Individual Employers will set their own selection criteria for their own situations. Typically, a candidate entering this Apprenticeship would have greenkeeping experience and may hold a Level 2 qualification in Greenkeeping or equivalent.
It is recommended that an apprentice also achieves level 1 ICT as part of their apprenticeship (if not already achieved). Apprentices who have not yet achieved level 2 English and maths will have to achieve it as part of their apprenticeship.
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 become a full member of BIGGA and gain BIGGA Accreditation.
Job opportunities will also be enhanced for those apprentices who have completed the programme with promotion to more senior positions within a golf club facility or the option to progress by working in other sports facilities such as a Grounds Maintenance Operator/Technician, Irrigation, Spray or Machinery Technician.
Unit 1 – Health & Safety
Unit 2 – Personal & professional development
Unit 3 – Effective communication in the workplace
Unit 4 – Supervise staff
Unit 5 – Advanced golf course preparation and maintenance
Unit 6 – Construction of golf course features
Unit 7 – Supervise the use and maintenance of equipment, systems & machinery
Unit 8 – Integrated pest control management
Unit 9 – Environmental management
Unit 10 – Finance and project management
There are no tuition fees to you as the apprentice. The fees will be paid by your employer. 16-18 years olds will be free unless your employer has 50+ employees when they need to pay 5% of the costs. Aged 19+ then there is a 5% course fee or the levy charge associated with the particular apprenticeship.
- Report on the condition of the golf course to the Golf Course Manager and employer.
- Allocate work and supervise the greenkeeping team in accordance with agreed maintenance plans.
- Supervise the preparation of the golf course in accordance with the Rules of Golf.
- To survey, collect, record, and interpret data on the golf course including soil and water analysis.
- Promote good environmental practice on the golf course.
- Evaluate, plan and prepare and set out sites for renovation on the golf course and the clubhouse surrounds.
- Supervise, plan maintenance, construction, repair, and renovation projects on the golf course and clubhouse surroundings.
- Estimate resource requirements and programme turf maintenance work on the golf course, in accordance with the course policy document.
- Prepare, establish and maintain golf course playing surfaces.
- Supervise and carry out the preparation, maintenance, and storage of machines for use.
- Supervise and undertake the operation, maintenance, and servicing of irrigation and drainage systems.
- Plan and supervise the control of weeds, pests, and diseases on the golf course.
- Promote, monitor, and maintain health, safety, and security of self, team, and others on the golf course and within the maintenance facility.
- Carry out risk assessments on the golf course and maintenance facility.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of the maintenance budgets.
- Communicate information to greenkeepers, management, and golfers, utilising formal and informal methods.
- Supervise meetings and brief the greenkeeping team.
- Assist with the training and mentoring of the greenkeeping team.
- Use information technology to assist with effective communication and record-keeping.
- Manage their own Continuing Professional Development.
- An understanding of key health, safety, and environmental legislation and regulations to ensure a safe working environment for self, team, and others, on the golf course and in the maintenance facility.
- Common aspects of soil and plant biology to promote best practices to produce sustainable playing surfaces.
- How to plan and implement maintenance, improvement, and renovation programmes for the golf course making the optimum use of human and physical resources available.
- How to install, service, operate, and maintain an irrigation and drainage system.
- How to operate software systems to ensure effective communication and record-keeping.
- The importance of data collection and interpretation to ensure sustainable quality playing surfaces.
- Be aware of the importance of the Rules of Golf, golf course etiquette, and how they impact the playing of the game of golf.
- How to promote the importance of customer service to the greenkeeping team.
- Identify the appropriate form of communication (written, verbal, electronic) and evaluate the best solution for different circumstances.
- The importance of good working relationships, the needs of others, and the equality and diversity of others at the golf facility.
- Understand all environmental and ecological best practices to maintain a sustainable golf course.
- The importance of personal and professional development.
- Identify weeds, pests, diseases, and disorders and the most effective treatment method, and the importance of record keeping.
- How to plan and implement machinery maintenance programmes and their impact on turf maintenance.
- How to prepare and host team meetings and the key fundamentals of effective presentations
- Ensure a strong work ethic including pride in work, attention to detail, integrity, and good time management.
- Have a flexible, positive attitude to work.
- Ability to work as a lone worker and as a member of a team.
- A willingness to learn and contribute to their own continuing professional development.
- Ensure a safety mindset for self, colleagues, and golfers
- A clear and effective communicator who can use a variety of communication methods to give/receive information accurately and in a timely and positive manner.
- Problem-solving and effective decision-making.
- Represent the golf club in a professional manner at all times.
- Recognise and deliver good customer service.
The End-point Assessment will comprise of 3 component parts:
- Written examination
- Professional discussion carried out during a course walk underpinned by the portfolio of evidence
- Practical observations.