Golf Greenkeeping (0143)

Last Updated: 24 Jun 2019

Product code 0143

The City & Guilds (0143 -20) Level 2 Certificate in Golf Greenkeeping enables you to gain the core skills and knowledge required for working as a Golf Greenkeeper within a Golf Club setting. Sound practical skills are really important for working as a Golf Greenkeeper as you will be required to work outdoors with machinery, turf and plants all year round.

You will learn how to develop your own personal performance and work effectively with others. You will also cover all the important aspects of health & safety. You will develop the knowledge and skills required to use and maintain non-powered tools and equipment, hand held powered tools and equipment, pedestrian controlled powered equipment and ride-on powered equipment correctly and safely, as well as being able to prepare and operate a tractor with attachments.

You will learn how to prepare the entire range of playing surfaces (tees, fairways, roughs, greens etc.) for the game of golf, as well as being able to undertake common methods of repair and renovation. Preparing ground and establishing plants is also a key part of the job, and you will learn how to do this effectively. You will be able to set out and prepare the golf course and its features ready for play to commence.


The City & Guilds (0143-20) Level 2 Certificate in Golf Greenkeeping has been developed in conjunction with the Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC). Available as part of the end-point assessment registration package, the GTC Training Manual guides apprentices to develop the important skills, knowledge and behaviours required. It also allows centres to track the apprentice’s competency across various tasks in the workplace and the behaviours required in successfully undertaking the role of a Golf Greenkeeper.

Centres should use product number 0143-02 to register apprentices for our apprenticeship package which includes the end-point assessment and access to the GTC Training Manual. Apprentices registered on this package will automatically be registered onto City & Guilds (0143-20) Level 2 Certificate in Golf Greenkeeping.

End-point assessment

The end-point assessment will demonstrate that the apprentice can perform in a fully competent and productive way. Assessment towards the City & Guilds (0143-20) Level 2 Certificate in Golf Greenkeeping and will consist of three synoptic assessments taken by apprentices at the end of their training programme:

• An externally marked knowledge test, sat online through City & Guilds’ computer based testing platform. The test is designed to assess apprentice’s depth and breadth of understanding across the mandatory content in the qualification at the end of the period of learning, and will be sat under invigilated examination conditions.
• An externally marked assignment. Apprentices will be required to collect a portfolio of evidence throughout their training to support their development in the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to carry out the role of Golf Greenkeeper. Apprentices will be required to use this evidence to write up a short reflective summary of their training focussing on personal development and behaviours. The Trainee statement will be assessed prior to and during the practical end assessment, through a course walk with professional discussion.
• An externally marked practical test. The apprentice will be required to undertake a series of practical tasks at their workplace which will be assessed on the same day by an Independent Assessor. These tasks will include a sample of activities from: mowing, course preparation, grass identification, turf maintenance, tractor use, dealing with threats to turf, repair and renovation of the course and preparing ground and establishing plants.

It is anticipated that apprentices, their employers and their trainers will discuss their readiness to complete the end assessment once all parts of the GTC training manual have been completed. Each assessment will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and will go towards a final grade for the qualification.

How to register

New centres seeking to register apprentices will first need to gain centre approval.

Existing City & Guilds centres who wish to register apprentices must go through City & Guilds’ full Qualification Approval Process. Please refer to the City & Guilds website for further information on the approval process:

Note: There is fast-track approval available for this qualification ONLY for the GTC quality assured centres, and fast-track forms will be sent directly to them.

Centres approved to deliver City & Guilds (0143-20) Level 2 Certificate in Golf Greenkeeping are required to meet specific ‘GTC Approved Criteria’; all centres are subsequently required by City & Guilds to make an annual declaration that they are meeting these criteria. This is in addition to providing the GTC with the details of apprentices registered with City & Guilds, which is a requirement set out within the Assessment Plan associated with the Golf Greenkeeper Apprenticeship Standard.

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