Golf Greenkeeping Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard

About the course

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.

By the end of the programme, the apprentice will know when, how and why the ranges 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.

Course modules

Combined Competence and Knowledge Qualification

Develop personal performance and maintain working relationships

Monitor and maintain health and safety

Use and maintain equipment and machines

Prepare and operate a tractor with attachments

Present and maintain turf playing surfaces for golf

Renovate and repair sports turf surfaces

Establish plants outdoors

Prepare golf course for play

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will be determined by individual employers but typically potential apprentices will have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grades A-D (including Maths and English and Science) or other equivalent vocational qualifications. Employers, who recruit apprentices without the above levels of qualifications, will have to ensure they achieve level 1 in English and maths as part of their Apprenticeship.

Learning and assessment

End knowledge test

30% of Grading - 39 Questions (2 hours)

Trainee statement/Portfolio of evidence

20% of Grading - Externally set. Internally and externally marked

Course walk/Practical end assessment

50% of Grading - Expected to last 5-6 hours in the workplace

Myerscough College tutors and employers will determine a point in the learning journey when the end point assessment is appropriate. Apprentices will be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction which will be calculated depending on the weighting and the grade achieved by the Apprentice in each of the end assessment components.


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.

The successful apprentice will have the opportunity to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship standard.

Job opportunities will 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.

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