Sports Turf Operative

This course would suit you if you want to pursue a career in Sports Turf (Groundsman). Learners can gain a level 2 Sports Turf Operative Apprenticeship Standard.

What will I study?

This course would suit you if you want to pursue a career in Sports Turf (Groundsman)

A sports Turf Operative may also be referred to as a Groundsperson or Grounds Maintenance Operative.

This occupation exists to ensure that public and private sports facilities are available for use by the public and ensures facilities are available to support the Government policy of increasing physical activity.

A sports turf operative is responsible for the maintenance, renovation and overall appearance of one or more sports turf surfaces in accordance with the needs of the particular sport. It is their job to maintain an appropriate quality playing surface which reflects the carrying capacity of that surface to ensure that a sustainable playing surface is provided.

The career as a Sports Turf operative can be quite varied, potentially working across a wide range of different sports and venues, including athletics, bowls, cricket, croquet, football, hockey, horse racing, ruby league and union, tennis and ranging from general park type sports surfaces to first class stadia. Working in the outdoor environment is a healthy and therapeutic activity, which contributes to the wellbeing of employees as well as users of sports surfaces. With the vast range of natural or artificial turf pitches available, throughout the UK and worldwide, now is an excellent time to join this well established and dynamic 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 sports turf
+ Presenting sports turf for play
+ Using and maintaining machinery
+ Health and safety
+ Turfing and seeding
+ Tractor driving
+ Presenting artificial pitches for play
+ Developing personal performance
+ Weeds, pests, grass and disease identification and soil identification

Length of apprenticeship

A Sports Turf Operative apprenticeship will typically take 18-24 months to complete.

How will I be assessed?

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

The Final Assessment will contain 2 components

A written and Online test which will assess knowledge and behaviours and will be assessed by an independent assessment organisation. This will be graded as Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction weighted by 40%.

A practical assessment assessing skills, behaviours and knowledge to explain what they are doing and will be assessed by an independent assessment organisation. This will be graded Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction weighted by 60%.

Grading will be based on the following criteria:
A minimum of 60% of the marks available must be achieved in both of the two end point assessment components with the marks from both components being weighted 40% written and 60% practical and then totalled to achieve and overall percentage for grading. Failure to achieve a minimum of 60% in a component will only require that component to be attempted again at a future date, following completion of adequate additional learning in the component part that was failed.

Failure to achieve a combined percentage of 60% or greater will see the standard not being achieved.

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 apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship allows learners to be experienced for Sports Turf jobs in:
+ Football
+ Cricket
+ Bowls
+ Tennis
+ Hockey
+ Leisure centres

This standard is recognised by Grounds Management Association (GMA) and the Professional Body for Sports Turf Operatives and others working in the grounds care industry. Upon achievement of this standard the apprentice will be eligible to join the GMA register of Turf Management Professionals.

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 the industry.

Got a question about this course?

Call the Apprenticeships Team on 01332 216640 or email

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