GTC receives Government approval for Level 3 Apprenticeship

10 February 2020 Announcement

The GTC Board of (from left) Richard Flint (England Golf), Richard Martin (Wales Golf), Emma Willis (GTC), Alistair Booth (GTC Chairman), Fiona Lyttle (GTC), Jim Croxton (BIGGA), Carolyn Hedley (Scottish Golf) 

The Golf Greenkeeping Trailblazer Group has announced the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has approved the Advanced Golf Greenkeeper Apprenticeship Standard (Level 3) for delivery. 

Following the launch and success of the Level 2 Golf Greenkeeper Apprenticeship in England, the Golf Greenkeeping Trailblazer Group has been working tirelessly to develop a suitable programme of education, training and assessment to meet the new standards for Level 3. Having the full support of England Golf and BIGGA and working closely with employers and training providers, this means there is a structured pathway of education from Golf Greenkeeper to Advanced Golf Greenkeeper.

David Croxton, GTC Trailblazer chairman said: "It is great news to hear the Government has approved the Level 3.  Having worked with employers and training providers in our sector, we believe we have now developed two new apprenticeships that meet the employer’s requirements – to develop a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce."

Designed for senior greenkeepers, first assistants, deputy head greenkeepers and deputy course managers, this apprenticeship will provide the greenkeeper with the skills and knowledge to operate at an advanced level where supervisory or specialist technical skills are required. As with the Level 2, there is a series of graded, independent assessments at the end of a programme of education and these will ensure all future qualified greenkeepers will have the skills, knowledge and behaviours as determined in the new standard.

Both the Advanced Golf Greenkeeper Standard and the Assessment Plan can be viewed at:

Richard Flint, England Golf’s participation & club support director said: "England Golf is delighted that the Government has approved the Assessment Plan for the Advanced Golf Greenkeeper. This now shows the levels of progression for a greenkeeper and how their knowledge, skills and behaviours will continue to develop stronger golf clubs."

Jim Croxton, BIGGA chief executive, added: "Reaching this point is an exciting time in greenkeeper education.  Having a complement of apprenticeships will not only strengthen the professionalism of our industry, but also provides a structured programme of education for anyone looking at greenkeeping as a career."

Work is continuing with the Golf Course Manager Apprenticeship (Level 5), which we hope will be approved later this year.

For further information on apprenticeships, contact GTC Administrator Emma Willis on 01347 838640 and




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