Course Title: Level 2 Sports Turf Operative
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Department: Horticulture
Course Type: Apprenticeship

A Sports Turf Operative is responsible for the maintenance and renovation and overall appearance of one or more sports turf surfaces in accordance with the needs of the particular sport. It is their job to maintain an appropriate quality playing surface which reflects the carrying capacity of that surface to ensure that a sustainable playing surface is provided.


Course Content

Some of the knowledge, skills and behaviour aspects you will cover will include:
How to identify and use the correct materials, tools and equipment for grounds keeping,
How to monitor, record and report findings
Environmental, and health and safety law and regulations
An understanding of different types of surface and problems associated with them
How to minimise waste and reduce environmental impacts
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

This standard is recognised by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), the Professional Body for Sports Turf Operatives and others working in the grounds care industry. Upon achievement of this standard the apprentice will be eligible to join the IOG register of Turf Management Professionals.

Next Steps

The successful apprentice will have the opportunity to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship standard.

Career Opportunities

The career as a Sports Turf Operative can be quite varied, potentially working across a wide range of different sports and venues, including athletics, bowls, cricket, croquet, football, hockey, horse racing, rugby league and union, tennis and ranging from general parks type sports surfaces up to first class stadia.