Master Greenkeeper Certificate

Master Greenkeeper Certificate

The Master Greenkeeper Certificate is awarded to those members of BIGGA who have reached the highest standards of greenkeeping and golf course management.

Recognised as a prestigious greenkeeping industry award, the Master Greenkeeper Certificate is achieved through a three-stage process:

Stage One – Education, training and experience

Candidates must earn a minimum of 200 Credits to complete Stage One. Credits are awarded for a range of formal and informal education and training and for years of greenkeeping experience. BIGGA CPD Credits can be used toward Stage One.

Stage One of the Master Greenkeeper Certificate is open to All Full, Associate and International members of BIGGA.

To progress to Stages Two and Three, applicants must be Course Manager, Head Greenkeeper, or Superintendent and meet the following requirements:

1. 10 years working as a greenkeeper
2. 3 years working as a Head Greenkeeper/Course Manager/Superintendent
3. 2 years on their current golf course in the position of Head Greenkeeper/Course Manager/Superintendent

Stage Two - Assessment of golf course operation

Carried out by two Master Greenkeepers during the growing season, the candidate will undergo an inspection to assess the operation of the golf course. The inspection comprises eight areas: Staff Organisation; Financial Management; Record and Stock Control; Management Communication; Course Development Programme; Maintenance Compound; Machinery and Irrigation and Course Presentation.

Stage Three – Case Study and Technical examination


Candidates will sit two, three hour examinations, a Case Study and a Technical paper. Held twice a year, the examinations are written and marked by a panel of assessors. Both examinations must be passed for successful completion of the Master Greenkeeper Certificate.

The Stages must be done in order i.e. the Assessment of golf course operation must be completed before the candidate becomes eligible to take the examinations.

All Master Greenkeepers are expected to be part of the CPD scheme. The scheme is free of charge to all BIGGA members. Anyone joining the Master Greenkeeper scheme after 31 January 2005 will, on becoming a Master Greenkeeper, have to earn 10 CPD credits each year in order to maintain Master Greenkeeper status.

Download the Master Greenkeeper Certificate Brochure and Application Form below or click here to visit the Members Area to download copies of the Stage Two Golf Course Assessment Form, past examination papers and they syllabus.

Click here to view a full List of Master Greenkeepers

Associated Documents:

Master Greenkeeper Brochure (952kb)