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Level 3 Advanced Golf Greenkeeper

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.

Entry Requirements

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.


Level 3 Advanced Golf Greenkeeping Apprenticeship Information Leaflet

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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.