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Apprenticeship training course

Sports turf operative (level 2)

Maintaining and renovating sports surfaces to make sure that public and private sports facilities are available for use.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Assistant greenkeeper
  • Greensman
  • grounds keeper
  • Groundsman
  • Groundsperson
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Correctly calibrate equipment for material requirements and apply at the correct rates a range of materials, including grass seed, fertiliser and bulky top-dressing
  • Use integrated prevention and control methods to reduce the incidence of diseases, disorders, pests and weeds on turf
  • Set and mark out sports areas in accordance with the Laws of the Governing Bodies of Sport
  • Maintain tools, equipment and machinery used for maintenance and renovation activities to ensure their safe and effective use
  • Maintain and conduct basic routine servicing and repairs to drainage and irrigation systems
  • Effectively communicate with others and provide an excellent level of customer service
  • Work safely, efficiently and effectively at all times, whether under supervision, as an individual, or in a team

Full information on Sports turf operative (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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