Golf Greenkeeping Apprenticeship

Course overview

The new Golf Greenkeeping (Level 2) and Advanced Greenkeeping (Level 3) Apprenticeships have been developed by the Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC) in consultation with employers, training providers and the golf industry, drawing upon decades of experience.

Modern day greenkeepers are responsible for the maintenance, care and overall appearance of golf courses while also being custodians of the countryside. It is their job to maintain high quality playing surfaces and to enhance the enjoyment experienced by golfers while also protecting and enhancing the environment.

Our apprenticeships offer a broad spectrum of learning incorporating the complete range of knowledge, skills and behaviours required to become a qualified golf greenkeeper.

The Golf Greenkeeper (Level 2) covers: health and safety, soil science, machinery preparation and use, grass, tree and plant identification, irrigation, drainage, aeration and turf conditioning. You will also be encouraged to develop your working and industry relationships.

The Advanced Greenkeeper Apprenticeship, for the more experienced greenkeeper, consists of 10 units based around project planning and supervisory management, including: preparing health and safety, personal and professional development, communication, advanced golf course preparation and maintenance, finance management, integrated pest control and environmental management.

Our apprenticeships are predominantly work-based qualifications with enrichment days including contact with leading representatives in the greenkeeping industry. The courses take between 12 to 24 months depending on prior experience with final grading based on evidence that has been gathered during the course, students statement, online exam and End Point Assessment (EPA) during which you will send a day with an Independent Assessor (IEPA) showcasing the abilities you have developed during your learning period.

You will learn

  • A working knowledge of the rules of golf relating to greenkeeping
  • Safe use of powered and non-powered hand-held and ride-on equipment
  • Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPM) including identification
  • Water management techniques
  • How to identify a range of grasses, trees and shrubs

Apprenticeship Standard : Golf Greenkeeper

You will need to achieve Functional Skills (Maths and English) during the course if GCSE grades are not already evidenced.

After submitting your application, you will be invited for an online interview via Zoom.

If you complete this apprenticeship you have the option to progress onto the Advanced Golf Greenkeeping Apprenticeship.

As an apprentice, you do not pay for your course. Your employer pays all or part of the fee. We collect the remainder through our government contract.