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Apprenticeship Course Details

Golf Greenkeeper (Sports Turf) Intermediate Level Apprenticeship - Standards - 2018:19

Location:  Merrist Wood College
Course Code:  OS02WP1A004P
Year:  2018:19
Start Date:  Ongoing throughout the year
Duration:  2 Years
FT/PT:  Part-Time
Exam Board: City and Guilds of London Institute
Level: 2
Tuition Fees: £ 6000 (Levy paying Employers)
Tuition Fees: £ 600 (Non Levy Paying Employers with 50+ Employees)
Exam Fees: £ 0
Other Fees: Advanced Apprenticeships may have additional individual costs, we recommend you check with the college.
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Content / Overview

The Golf Greenkeeper Level 2 Apprenticeship will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to manage the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course in line with employer’s requirements.

You will learn about the maintenance of four key turfgrass areas on a golf course – greens, tees, fairways and areas of rough. You will learn how to use a range of equipment and machinery safely and competently, and you will also be involved in hazard, environmental and ecological operations which may include bunker maintenance, planting turf, trees, shrubs and developing wildlife habitats.

This standard is recognised by the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), the Professional Body for Greenkeepers.

Course Modules

Course content includes:

  • Environmental, Health and Safety Legislation
  • Preparing the golf course for play
  • Preparing and using equipment and machinery
  • Apply turf treatments to help produce quality playing surfaces
  • The operation of irrigation, drainage systems and their maintenance
  • The principles of mowing and machine maintenance

Why Study Here

Merrist Wood College has excellent training resources, including use of an adjoining championship length golf course, putting greens and sports pitches. The College also has close links with many key figures within the Sports turf industry. Further learning resources include the library’s extensive collection of books, magazines and periodicals. Purpose-built buildings at the College include lecture rooms, library, science laboratories and computer suites in an extensive parkland setting, conveniently close to Guildford and London.

Suitable For

Suitable for those working or wishing to work in a golf greenkeeping role.

Apprentices should have a set of personal skills and behaviours that will ensure success in their current and future roles -

  • Strong work ethic including pride in work, attention to detail, integrity and time management
  • Flexible positive attitude to work
  • Ability to work as a lone worker and as a member of a team
  • Willingness to learn and contribute to their own continuing professional development
  • Safety mindset for self, colleagues and golfers
  • Clear and effective communicator who can use a variety of communication methods to give/receive information accurately and in a timely and positive manner
  • Ability to problem solve and make decisions 

Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

You must be working in a golf greenkeeping role and be interested in developing your skills. Alternatively, we have a number of vacancies available every week and are able to help you find an employer. Intermediate apprentices must have GCSE Maths and English at grade 3 (grade D) or above, or equivalent.


Continuous assessment in the workplace and in College through portfolio of evidence and functional skills exams.

Further Study

You could progress on to a higher level apprenticeship standard, or full-time employment.


You could progress on to more senior positions within a golf club facility, or you could progress by working in other sports facilities such as a Grounds Maintenance Operator/Technician.

Additional Information

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 join BIGGA as a full member and become a BIGGA Accredited Greenkeeper.


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