Golf greenkeeping apprentice

Golf Greenkeeping

Introduction to Greenkeeping – What will I study?

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 turf grass 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.

By the end of the programme apprentices will know when, how and why the range of maintenance operations are carried out.

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.

What will I learn?

An apprentice will learn how to carry out a range of practical tasks to support learning including:
+ Maintaining the health of turf
+ Renovating turf
+ Presenting areas for play
+ Health and safety
+ Use of machinery
+ Identification of grass

Length of apprenticeship

An apprenticeship commencing on a golf course would typically take 24 months to complete.

What can I do after this apprenticeship?

This Apprenticeship prepares learners for jobs such as:
+ Greenkeeper
+ Assistant head greenkeeper
+ Head greenkeeper

What qualifications will I get?

+ PAI/PA6 Pesticides application
+ Safe use of mowers

How will I be assessed?

The Final Assessment forms 100% of the assessment of achievement of the apprenticeship standard.

The Final Assessment will contain 3 components – all components must be passed for the apprentice to be deemed competent.

A synoptic underpinning knowledge paper made up of a combination of multiple choice and structured answer questions to be sat towards the end or at the end of the apprenticeship programme, in controlled conditions. The knowledge paper will contribute 30% to the overall grade of the golf greenkeeping certificate.

A synoptic practical assessment assessed by an independent assessor that requires the apprentice to complete a range of core practical activities, in controlled conditions. This assessment will cover both skills and knowledge requirements in the Apprenticeship standard, and will be mapped to these learning outcomes. This will be graded pass/merit/distinction/fail. The practical assessment will contribute 50% to the overall grade of the golf greenkeeping certificate.

A personal statement – the apprentice will use source material collected through the learning journey to develop a personal statement. The personal statement enables apprentices to reflect on their development over the apprenticeship period reviewing the impact of own activities and behaviours on (a) the business and (b) the team. This personal statement will be assessed by an independent assessor, appointed by the awarding organisation. It will be assessed against grading criteria established by the awarding organisation to the standard set during standardisation meetings, using standardised documentation and assessment guidance provided by the Awarding Organisation(s). This will be graded pass/merit/distinction/fail. This will contribute 20% to the overall grade of the golf greenkeeping certificate. The practical assessment will take place on the apprentice’s own golf course.

What is the entry process?

Email or call the Apprenticeship Team on 01332 216640

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements will be determined by individual employers but typically potential apprentices will have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grades 4-9 (including Maths, English and Science) or other equivalent vocational qualifications. Apprentices recruited without the above levels of qualifications will need to ensure they achieve level 1 in English and maths as part of their apprenticeship.

What can I do after this training course?

Greenkeeper Training Committee is the awarding body for this apprenticeship. The GTC is the independent organisation representing British golf club employers and greenkeepers through a Board of Directors, Advisory Groups and two full-time employees.

Successful apprentices will have the opportunity to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship standard.

Job opportunities will be 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.

Got a question about this course?

Call the Apprenticeships Team on 01332 216640 or email

We make every effort to ensure this course information is accurate, however, we reserve the right to make alterations.

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