Golf Green Keeping Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard



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 apprentice’s training programme.

Assessment of the apprentice will be the joint responsibility of the employer and the training provider.

An apprentice commencing on a golf course would typically take 24 months to complete their education and training.

All Apprentices can undertake the PA1 and PA6 Spraying Licence at a heavily discounted rate of 20% off the published short course fee

The Emergency First Aid 1 day course is available as an additional learning goal.

Successful completion of the three component parts of the final assessment will lead to the award of a certificate by the awarding organisation(s) and the issuing of the Apprenticeship Certificate by FISSS (Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards). The focus of the final assessment is on the apprentice being able to prove their competence in the role of Golf Greenkeeper.

You must demonstrate a sufficiency of skills, knowledge and behaviours derived from the competencies set out in the standard. The final assessment will contain three components – all components must be passed for the apprentice to be deemed competent.

Apprenticeship Standard is suitable for both Levy and Non Levy Clients / Employers.

• Level 1 English

• Level 1 mathematics

• Successful completion to a Pass / Merit / Distinction Grade at end point assessment (EPA) for the three components behaviours, skills and knowledge


  • Apprenticeship

  • free for 16-18 year olds

  • 19+ FEES


  • Awarding body

    City & Guilds of London Institute

Entry requirements

Apprentices will have a minimum of five GCSEs grades 9-4 (including maths, 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.