Course code: XMZN300P
Subject area: Apprentices
Study level: Apprenticeship
Course level: 2
9:00am - 5:00pm
1st Aug 2020 - 31st Jul 2021
01235 216 216
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 turfgrass 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.
Duration:• 15 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment
Delivery model:• Work-based training with your employer• 6 days college attendance to complete Golf Greenkeeping principles and practical skills course• Approximately 12 on-site assessment visits per year• Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)• Off the job training will count for at least 20% of an apprentice’s time at work
Qualifications included:• Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths
End Point Assessment:• Knowledge test• Practical assessment• Trainee statement
What will apprentices learn?• Identify their role in monitoring and maintaining health and safety within the workplace• Identification of a number of grasses, weeds, pests, diseases, turf disorders, plants and trees• The primary aspects of soil and plant biology to include the process of germination – photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration• The principles of mowing and machine maintenance and their operation• The need and implications of rolling, verti-cutting, scarification and aeration• The strategies for controlling weeds, pests, diseases and turf disorders• How fertilisers, top dressing and chemicals affect playing surfaces• How course maintenance practices affect the environment• Basic information technology• Be aware of the importance of the Rules of Golf and golf course etiquette• Recognise the importance of environmental and ecological best practice• The operation of irrigation, drainage systems and their maintenance