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Level 5 Golf Course Manager Apprenticeship

  • LEVEL 5

Course Overview

A Golf Course Manager, (sometimes employers prefer to title the job Head Greenkeeper) is required to have excellent management skills as well as a high level of technical, agronomic and mechanical knowledge and skills.

A Golf Course Manager is responsible for the management of the golf course, resources and staff, on behalf of their employer. They plan and implement maintenance schedules for the golf course and equipment and are responsible for the allocation of work, recruitment of staff to the greenkeeping team and will implement human resource polices within their team. They will implement strategic and budgetary plans. It is their job to oversee the production of quality playing surface and ensure the course offers a consistent challenge and an enjoyable experience for golfers.

The Golf Course Manager’s role can take you wherever the game of is played, from working on a small 9-hole golf course to large internationally renowned facilities, including Championship courses.

This Standard includes the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required to become a competent Golf Course Manager and reflect the diversity of the occupation.

Course Code


Course information

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria but typically candidates will hold an existing Level 3 qualification in Greenkeeping or equivalent and have some supervisory experience.

It is recommended that an apprentice also achieves level 1 ICT as part of their apprenticeship (if not already achieved).

Most candidates will have achieved grade C or above in English and Maths at GCSE level prior to commencement of their apprenticeship. However, should a candidate not have reached this level, employers will have to ensure they achieve Level 2 in English and maths.

36 months (this does not include the EPA period)

Skills, knowledge and behaviours are assessed by competencies being displayed in the workplace, observations, employer feedback, assessor progress reviews, evidence collating and the employer enabling the apprentice’s job role to fulfil the requirements of the apprenticeship.

On programme assessment will include various coaching and mentoring assessment methods. These assessments are deigned to review the apprentice’s behaviour, knowledge and skills against set gateway criteria. In addition, the apprentice, employer and college are required to maintain an off the job training log evidencing new skills and knowledge being learnt over the duration of the apprenticeship.

The final grading of the apprenticeship will be carried out through an End Point Assessment.

The EPA for this standard has three distinct assessment methods that have been designed to be completed only once the apprentice has finished the on-programme learner journey and passed through the Gateway. These include a multiple-choice test, a professional discussion carried out on the golf course and a presentation with questions and answers. These will be conducted and graded by an independent EPAO.

On completion of this standard, apprentices will be able to progress on to a Bsc or Msc Sportsturf.

The potential to secure employment as a Head Greenkeeper or Golf Course Manager

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