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  IOG Learning - Training

    IOG Learning - Training

    Offering a wide range of industry specific training courses, the IOG, as the industry lead body, provides high quality training at a competitive price.

Discover the many options available to you.

Our IOG Learning (training) courses, are run on a regular basis and cover a range of turf maintenance and management issues for different sports. This includes: bowling greens; cricket pitches; winter pitches (football and rugby); reinforced pitches; artificial surfaces; 3G pitches; racecourse and grounds. Click on a sport below and learn what's involved; why you should take part; the key subjects covered; progression opportunities and more. Or, click 'Search' to find a course near you and book your place online.

Level 1 Winter Pitches: Annual Preparation and Maintenance 

Optimise pitch playability with a one day course

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects – assessment, sequencing of work and aeration to mowing, aeration and line marking, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert, experience an educational hands-on training day featuring a productive presentation, plus turf care theory and practical working demonstrations. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Definition and Assessment of surface
• Sequence of annual maintenance
• Mowing, scarification, verticutting, harrowing
• Irrigation, rolling, seeding
• Fertiliser application and top dressing

Why should I participate in this course?
Ideal for the volunteer, new employee or just as a refresher for established employees, this learning route will support and develop skills involved in maintaining or managing a winter sports pitch (football and rugby). Develop your skills and knowledge with the latest best practices, and explore the requirements you need to meet in order to optimise your playing surface. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course? 
To further build on the IOG route, enhance your learning by taking your next step with our Level 2 Winter Pitches: Applied Turf Culture. An additional option, with further study, is to undertake the Level 2 IOG Technical Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance – to possibly provide an initial formal qualification in turf maintenance. This qualification is ideal for those who wish to further develop their understanding of technical aspects of turf maintenance. No practical work is involved with this qualification.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £260.00 +VAT 
IOG members pay: £130.00 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 2 Winter Pitches: Applied Turf Culture

Explore some of the theory involved in maintaining winter sports pitches.

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects – maintenance practices, soils, fertilisers and nutrients, to pests, diseases and weeds, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert, experience an educational training day featuring an informative presentation, plus turf care theory.  On completion of this step you will learn how to successfully maintain your winter pitch using available resources, more effectively and efficiently. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Playing surface requirements
• Soils, pH and top-dressings
• Fertilisers and nutrients: Types and effects on plant growth
• Pests and diseases: Identification and general controls
• Moss and weeds: Identification and general controls

Why should I participate in this course?
Ideal for the experienced volunteer, established employee or just as a refresher, this learning route will support and develop those involved in maintaining or managing a winter sports pitch (football and rugby). Keep your skills and knowledge up to date with the latest, best practices, and explore the requirements you need to meet in order to increase your surface’s longevity. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course? 
To further build on the IOG route, enhance your learning by taking your next step with our Level 3 Winter Pitches: Advanced Turf Culture. An additional option, with further study, is to undertake the Level 2 IOG Technical Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance – to possibly provide an initial formal qualification in turf maintenance. This qualification may also be beneficial for people who have completed other courses at Level 2 who wish to further develop their understanding of the technical aspects of turf maintenance. No practical work is involved with this qualification.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £280.00 +VAT
IOG members pay: £140.00 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 3 Winter Pitches: Advanced Turf Culture

Explore aspects of turf culture which are applied in managing winter sports pitches

What is involved within this course?
The key management subjects – soils, drainage and irrigation, to grasses, nutrient levels and IPM, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert experience an educational training day featuring an informative presentation and explore aspects of turf culture which are applied in managing winter pitches. On completion of this final training step you will be able to successfully manage pitch playability. In addition you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Soils; Problems of, and dealing with compaction
• Drainage: Impact on carrying capacity
• Grasses – choosing seeds and cultivars
• Managing nutrient levels for optimum playing surfaces
• Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Why should I participate in this course?
Ideal for the experienced volunteer or employee, this learning route will support and develop those who manage or wish to manage a winter sports pitch (football and rugby). Explore, develop and reinforce applied technical skills and knowledge, with the latest, best practices, and lead your team to success. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours.  

What can I do after this course? 
To further build on the IOG route, undertake the Level 3 IOG Technical Diploma in Turf Surface Management – or Level 3 IOG Supervisory Management – providing formal qualifications in different aspects of turf management. These qualifications may be beneficial for people who have completed other courses at Level 3 who wish to further develop their understanding of the technical aspects of turf management or leadership and management skills. No practical work is involved with these qualifications.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £300.00 +VAT
IOG members pay: £150.00 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 1 Cricket Pitches: Spring Preparation and Summer Maintenance

Optimise pitch playability with a one day course

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects – definition, assessment and preparation, to mowing, scarification and verticutting, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert experience an educational hands-on training day featuring an informative presentation, plus turf care theory and practical working demonstrations. On completion of this opening step you will be aware of what is involved in preparing and maintaining a surface that allows maximum playability for the season. In addition you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Early spring maintenance
• Mowing, scarification and brushing
• Irrigation, rolling and fertiliser application
• Preparation of the square and match pitch
• Pitch repair and renovation

Why should I participate in this course?
Ideal for the volunteer, new employee or just as a refresher for established employees, this learning route will support and develop those involved in maintaining or managing a cricket surface. Develop your skills and knowledge with the latest best practices, and explore the requirements in preparing a cricket surface ready for the playing season. Plus, how to maintain a cricket pitch during the playing season. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course? 
To further build on the IOG route, undertake Level 1 Cricket Pitches: Autumn Renovation and Winter Maintenance course or enhance your learning by taking your next step with our Level 2 Cricket Pitches: Applied Turf Culture. An additional option, with further study, is to undertake the Level 2 IOG Technical Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance – to possibly provide an initial formal qualification in turf maintenance. This qualification is ideal for those who wish to further develop their understanding of technical aspects of turf maintenance. No practical work is involved with this qualification.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £260.00 +VAT 
IOG members pay: £130.00 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 1 Cricket Pitches: Autumn Renovation and Winter Maintenance

Optimise next season’s playability with a one day course

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects – end of season work, assessment, mowing, scarification and brushing, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert, experience an educational hands-on training day featuring an informative presentation, plus turf care theory and practical working demonstrations. On completion of this course you will possess the knowledge you need in order to renovate a cricket surface and therefore create a suitable foundation for the following spring’s preparation, and the winter’s maintenance work. You’ll also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Winter maintenance
• Mowing, scarification and brushing
• Fertiliser application
• Pitch repair and renovation
• Turf problems; weeds, pests and diseases

Why should I participate in this course?
Ideal for the volunteer, new employee or just as a refresher for established employees, this learning route will support and develop those involved in maintaining or managing a cricket surface. Develop your skills and knowledge with the latest best practices, and explore the requirements that contribute to the end of season work to prepare a cricket surface ready for the following playing season. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course? 
To further build on the IOG route, undertake Level 1 Cricket Pitches: Spring Preparation and Summer Maintenance course or enhance your learning by taking your next step with our Level 2 Cricket Pitches: Applied Turf Culture. An additional option, with further study, is to undertake the Level 2 IOG Technical Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance – to possibly provide an initial formal qualification in turf maintenance. This qualification is ideal for those who wish to further develop their understanding of technical aspects of turf maintenance. No practical work is involved with this qualification.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £260.00 +VAT 
IOG members pay: £130.00 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 2 Cricket Pitches: Applied Turf Culture

Explore some of the theory involved in maintaining cricket surfaces.

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects – maintenance practices, soils, fertilisers and nutrients, to plant growth, general controls and new developments, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert, experience an educational training day featuring an informative presentation and explore some of the theory involved in maintaining a cricket surface. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Performance Quality Standards
• Safe working practices
• Soils, pH and top-dressings
• Turfgrass identification
• Fertilisers and nutrients

Why should I participate in this course?
Ideal for experienced volunteers, employee professional development or just as a refresher for established employees, this learning route will support and develop craftsperson skills for those who maintain or manage a cricket surface. On completion of this second step you will be aware of the requirements in surface renovation. Keep your skills and knowledge up to date with the latest best practices, and explore the requirements you need to meet in order to increase your surface’s longevity. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course? 
To further build on the IOG route, enhance your learning by taking your next step with our Level 3 Cricket Pitches: Advanced Turf Culture. An additional option, with further study, is to undertake the Level 2 IOG Technical Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance – to possibly provide an initial formal qualification in turf maintenance. This qualification may also be beneficial for people who have completed other courses at Level 2 who wish to further develop their understanding of the technical aspects of turf maintenance. No practical work is involved with this qualification.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £280.00 +VAT
IOG members pay: £140.00 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 3 Cricket Pitches: Advanced Turf Culture

Explore aspects of turf culture which are applied in managing cricket pitches.

What is involved within this course?
The key management subjects – soils, drainage and irrigation, to grasses, nutrient levels and IPM, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert experience an educational training day featuring an informative presentation and explore aspects of turf culture which are applied in managing cricket pitches. On completion of this final training step you will be able to successfully manage pitch playability. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Soils: choosing cricket square and outfield materials
• Drainage: impact on playability
• Grasses – choosing seeds and cultivars
• Managing nutrient levels for optimum playing surfaces
• Managing surfaces with Performance Quality Standards

Why should I participate in this course?
Ideal for experienced volunteers, employees and line managers, or just as a refresher for established employees, this learning route will support and develop skills needed to manage a cricket surface. Explore, develop and reinforce applied technical skills and knowledge, with the latest, best practices, and lead your team to success. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course? 
To further build on the IOG route, undertake the Level 3 IOG Technical Diploma in Turf Surface Management – or Level 3 IOG Supervisory Management – providing formal qualifications in different aspects of turf management. These qualifications may be beneficial for people who have completed other courses at Level 3 who wish to further develop their understanding of the technical aspects of turf management or leadership and management skills. No practical work is involved with these qualifications.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £300.00 +VAT
IOG members pay: £150.00 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 1 Bowling Greens: Annual Maintenance

Optimise your bowling green playability with a one day course

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects – assessment, sequencing of work and aeration to mowing, aeration and scarification, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert, experience an educational hands-on training day featuring a productive presentation, plus turf care theory and practical working demonstrations. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Sequence of Autumn operations
• Winter maintenance
• Spring and summer operations
• Marking and setting out of rinks
• Safe working practices

Why should I participate in this course?
Ideal for the volunteer, new employee or just as a refresher for established employees, this learning route will support and develop skills involved in maintaining or managing a bowling green. Develop your skills and knowledge with the latest best practices, and explore the requirements you need to meet in order to optimise your playing surface. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course? 
To further build on the IOG route, enhance your learning by taking your next step with our Level 2 Bowling Greens: Applied Turf Culture. An additional option, with further study, is to undertake the Level 2 IOG Technical Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance – to possibly provide an initial formal qualification in turf maintenance. This qualification is ideal for those who wish to further develop their understanding of technical aspects of turf maintenance. No practical work is involved with this qualification.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £260.00 +VAT 
IOG members pay: £130.00 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 2 Bowling Greens: Applied Turf Culture

Explore some of the theory involved in maintaining bowling greens.

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects – maintenance practices, soils, fertilisers and nutrients, to plant growth, general controls and new developments, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert, experience an educational training day featuring an informative presentation and explore some of the theory involved in maintaining a bowling green. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Soils, pH and top-dressings
• Turfgrass identification
• Fertilisers and nutrients
• Pests and diseases: identification and general controls
• Moss and weeds: identification and general controls

Why should I participate in this course?
Ideal for experienced volunteers, employee professional development or just as a refresher for established employees, this learning route will support and develop skills for those who maintain or manage a bowling green. Keep your skills and knowledge up to date with the latest best practices, and explore the requirements you need to meet in order to increase your surface’s longevity. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course? 
To further build on the IOG route, enhance your learning by taking your next step with our Level 3 Bowling Greens: Advanced Turf Culture. An additional option, with further study, is to undertake the Level 2 IOG Technical Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance – to possibly provide an initial formal qualification in turf maintenance. This qualification may also be beneficial for people who have completed other courses at Level 2 who wish to further develop their understanding of the technical aspects of turf maintenance. No practical work is involved with this qualification.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £280.00 +VAT
IOG members pay: £140.00 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 3 Bowling Greens: Applied Turf Culture

Explore aspects of turf culture which are applied in managing bowling greens.

What is involved within this course?
The key management subjects – soils, drainage and irrigation, to grasses, nutrient levels and IPM, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert experience an educational training day featuring an informative presentation and explore aspects of turf culture which are applied in managing bowling greens. On completion of this final training step you will be able to successfully manage pitch playability. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Soils: Problems of, and dealing with, compaction
• Irrigation management
• Drainage: impact on playability
• Grasses – choosing seeds and cultivars
• Managing nutrient levels for optimum playing surfaces

Why should I participate in this course?
Ideal for experienced volunteers, employees and line managers, or just as a refresher for established employees, this learning route will support and develop skills needed to manage a bowling green surface. Explore, develop and reinforce applied technical skills and knowledge, with the latest, best practices, and lead your team to success. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course? 
To further build on the IOG route, undertake the Level 3 IOG Technical Diploma in Turf Surface Management – or Level 3 IOG Supervisory Management – providing formal qualifications in different aspects of turf management. These qualifications may be beneficial for people who have completed other courses at Level 3 who wish to further develop their understanding of the technical aspects of turf management or leadership and management skills. No practical work is involved with these qualifications.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £300.00 +VAT
IOG members pay: £150.00 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 2 Effective Maintenance of 3G Pitches

Effectively maintain a 3G pitch and provide a safe surface that achieves optimum longevity.

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects – effective maintenance; its need and process. Surface condition; health and safety to users, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. Delivered by industry experts; the IOG, Replay Maintenance and Redexim Charterhouse. Keep your skills up-to-date and maintain your 3G pitch with the latest, best practices. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• The need for effective maintenance practices
• How to carry out effective maintenance practices
• Requirements of an annual maintenance programme
• The need to provide a duty of care to users
• The need for routine testing of pitch performance

Why should I participate in this course?
Ideal for volunteers, employee professional development, and line managers, or just as a refresher for established employees. This learning route will support and help develop skills for those who maintain or are to soon gain a 3G surface to look after. Keep your skills and knowledge up to date with the latest best practices, and explore the requirements you need to meet in order to optimise your surface’s longevity. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours.

What can I do after this course? 
To further build on the IOG route and depending upon your requirements, undertake the Level 2 Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance, the Level 3 IOG Technical Diploma in Turf Surface Management – or Level 3 IOG Supervisory Management – providing formal qualifications in different aspects of turf management. These qualifications may be beneficial for people who have completed other courses at Levels 2 or 3 and who wish to further develop their understanding of the technical aspects of turf management or leadership and management skills. No practical work is involved with these qualifications.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £245.00 +VAT
IOG members pay: £165 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 2 Maintenance and Management of Artificial Surfaces 

Explore the requirements and maintain a wide range of synthetic sports surfaces.

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects – types of construction, maintenance of different surfaces; health and safety to users, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert experience an educational training day featuring an informative presentation and explore maintenance aspects which are relevant to different surfaces. On completion of this training step you will be able to understand the requirements of maintain artificial surfaces more effectively. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Background to synthetic pitches
• Types of construction and materials
• Annual maintenance programme
• Repairs and renovation
• Environmental concerns and health issues

Why should I participate in this course?
This course is ideal for employees or volunteers who maintain one or more types of artificial surface, providing an interesting contrast between various artificial surfaces currently used within the industry. If an individual is solely maintaining a 3G surface then there is a course which deals specifically with just this type of surface. Keep your skills and knowledge up to date with the latest best practices, and explore the requirements you need to meet in order to optimise your surface’s longevity. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course? 
To further build on the IOG route and depending upon your requirements, undertake the Level 2 Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance, the Level 3 IOG Technical Diploma in Turf Surface Management – or Level 3 IOG Supervisory Management – providing formal qualifications in different aspects of turf management. These qualifications may be beneficial for people who have completed other courses at Levels 2 or 3 and who wish to further develop their understanding of the technical aspects of turf management or leadership and management skills. No practical work is involved with these qualifications.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £245.00 +VAT
IOG members pay: £165 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 2 Maintenance of Reinforced Pitches 

Explore the issues of maintaining football and rugby surfaces with reinforced materials

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects – development and management, to porosity and layering, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. Delivered by industry experts, keep your skills up-to-date and maintain your reinforced pitch with the latest best practices. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• The development of reinforced pitches
• The merits of using reinforced materials 
• Management of reinforced pitches
• The maintenance of air porosity
• Layering within the root-zone

Why should I participate in this course?
This Level 2 course provides a detailed insight into the use of reinforced materials and is ideal for groundstaff who maintain these surfaces, as well as individuals within the industry who wish to gain an understanding of these pitches. Keep your skills and knowledge up to date with the latest best practices, and explore the requirements you need to meet in order to effectively maintain a reinforced pitch to consistently achieve desired playing performance requirements. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course? 
To further build on the IOG route and depending upon your requirements, undertake the Level 2 Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance, the Level 3 IOG Technical Diploma in Turf Surface Management – or Level 3 IOG Supervisory Management – providing formal qualifications in different aspects of turf management. These qualifications may be beneficial for people who have completed other courses at Levels 2 or 3 and who wish to further develop their understanding of the technical aspects of turf management or leadership and management skills. No practical work is involved with these qualifications.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £345.00 +VAT
IOG members pay: £245 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 1 Racecourse: Turf Maintenance 

Optimise performance with a two day course.

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects – preparation and renovation to materials and equipment, plus more – are studied through a progressive two day IOG Learning course. Delivered by an industry expert, make a better informed decision, to determine the effectiveness of your maintenance. This course has been developed by the Institute of Groundsmanship in conjunction with The Racecourse Association Limited. (Food, drink & accommodation is provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Safe working practices
• Preparation and renovation
• Requirements &sequence
• Use of materials & equipment
• Maintenance after the race

Why should I participate in this course?
This Level 1 course provides groundsman with an introduction to the basic knowledge of racecourse maintenance. Develop, demonstrate, and apply the skills required to maintain, present and renovate the racing surface before, during and outside the racing season. This course is designed to be of equal benefit to a person working in a small team on a racecourse, as a person working as one of a larger team. On completion of this course you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. This course is worth 10 CPD points / 10 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course?
To further build on the IOG route, enhance your learning by taking your next grade with Level 2 Racecourse (Turf Management).

Note:
The duration of this course is two days.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £922.50 +VAT 
IOG members pay: £461.25 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 2 Racecourse: Turf Management

Explore some of the theory involved in maintaining a racecourse surface.

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects – health and safety, pesticides and tools, plus more – are studied through a progressive five-day IOG Learning course. Delivered by an industry expert, make better informed decisions to determine the effectiveness of your maintenance. This course has been developed by the Institute of Groundsmanship in conjunction with The Racecourse Association Limited. (Food, drink & accommodation is provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Health and safety requirements - the course
• Rooting media and its construction
• Evaluation of nutrient analysis records
• Assessment and identification for grass species
• Pesticides available to assist in the maintenance

Why should I participate in this course?
This Level 2 course will demonstrate and apply the theory required to understand the science of racecourse grounds maintenance. The course is designed to be of equal benefit to the person working alone in a small racecourse club, as it is to a person working as one of a larger team. On completion of this ground step, and following an exam, you will also receive a Certificate of Achievement. This course is worth 25 CPD points / 25 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course?
To further build on the IOG route, enhance your learning by taking your next grade with Level 3 Racecourse (Management Skills).

Note:
The duration of this course is five days. 

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £2357.50 +VAT
IOG members pay: £1178.75 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 3 Racecourse: Management Skills

Explore aspects of turf culture which are applied in managing a racecourse surface.

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects – health and safety, pesticides and tools, plus more – are studied through a progressive three-day IOG Learning course. Delivered by an industry expert, make a better informed decision in order to determine the effectiveness of your maintenance. This course has been developed by the Institute of Groundsmanship in conjunction with The Racecourse Association Limited. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Communication skills within the racecourse
• Leadership within the grounds department
• Management of major events
• Legislation for tools and equipment
• Funding availability for improvement

Why should I participate in this course?
This Level 3 course quantifies the supervisory and managerial skills required by the groundsman to manage and control the resources on the racecourse. Plus, demonstrate the management techniques and processes required by the groundsman to produce a safe and consistent racing surface. On completion of course you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. This course is worth 15 CPD points / 15 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course?
To further build on the IOG route, undertake the Level 3 IOG Technical Diploma in Turf Surface Management – or Level 3 IOG Supervisory Management – providing formal qualifications in different aspects of turf management. These qualifications may be beneficial for people who have completed other courses at Level 3 who wish to further develop their understanding of the technical aspects of turf management or leadership and management skills. No practical work is involved with these qualifications.

Note
The duration of this course is three days. 

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £1742.50 +VAT
IOG members pay: £871.25 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 2 Grounds: Maintenance & Management  

Explore maintenance and management requirements to improve surface outcomes at independent schools

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects - good working practices, turf standards, risk assessments, to basic equipment requirements, plus more are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. Delivered by an industry expert, this will provide you with an overview of the knowledge and understanding needed to carry out a range of effective turf maintenance and turf management practices. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Standards in turf management
• Protection and the use of Risk Assessments
• Weeds, pest, diseases and grasses
• Maintenance requirements
• Impact of latest pesticide legislation

Why should I participate in this course?
This Level 2 course has been specifically designed for independent schools. The course helps provide a focused overview of the core areas of turf maintenance and management involved with looking after grounds, playing fields and sports pitches. It will provide you with ideas for reflecting on your current maintenance practices and whether different working practices and approaches might help in improving the effectiveness of available resource use. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course?
To further build on the IOG route, enhance your learning by taking your next step with our Level 3 Grounds: Management one-day course, and depending upon your requirements, undertake the Level 2 Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance, the Level 3 IOG Technical Diploma in Turf Surface Management – or Level 3 IOG Supervisory Management – providing formal qualifications in different aspects of turf management. These qualifications may be beneficial for people who have completed other courses at Levels 2 or 3 and who wish to further develop their understanding of the technical aspects of turf management or leadership and management skills. No practical work is involved with these qualifications.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £280.00 +VAT
IOG members pay: £140.00 +VAT (50% off)

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Level 3 Grounds: Management 

Create the ideal grounds management plan for your independent school

What is involved within this course?
The key subjects - carrying out a site audit, how to develop an appropriate work programme and budget, the need to communicate findings to senior management, plus more are studied through a progressive one-day IOG Learning course. Delivered by an industry expert, this is a course which explores and discusses the needs of the management of a school's grounds and shows how this can be achieved. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

What does the course content cover?
Some of the key subjects:
• Undertaking a site audit
• Standards: Actual v Expectations
• Managing effectively and efficiently
• Budget, support and work programme
• Effective communications

Why should I participate in this course?
This Level 3 course has been specifically designed for independent schools and as a direct progression course from the Level 2 Grounds: Maintenance & Management. The course helps you to consider the wider picture of what is needed to manage a grounds - including amenity and sports surfaces as well as ornamental plantings. Being able to create a formal management plan which clearly identifies the work required, resources needed and budget to meet the needs of defined standards plan is an essential part of helping senior management make well-informed decisions regards grounds management. This course is worth 5 CPD points / 5 CPD hours. 

What can I do after this course?
To further build on the IOG route, undertake the Level 3 IOG Technical Diploma in Turf Surface Management – or Level 3 IOG Supervisory Management – providing formal qualifications in different aspects of turf management. These qualifications may be beneficial for people who have completed other courses at Level 3 who wish to further develop their understanding of the technical aspects of turf management or leadership and management skills. No practical work is involved with these qualifications.

What is the cost of the course?
Non-members pay: £300.00 +VAT
IOG members pay: £150.00 +VAT (50% off)

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Customised courses

You can also create or adapt a course to suit the needs of your grounds, or use the structure of a traditional one day course. Typical starting costs for our regular customised courses are £950 + vat (Corporate, Organisation, Facility membership only), or starting from £1,250 + vat for non-organisational members. The actual cost will depend upon actual customer requirements.

For enquiries and support, email learning@iog.org, or phone 01908 312 511. 

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To discuss furtherPlease contact :

title Diann Jones-Davies Training & Education Co-ordinator

Telephone: 01908 312511 Email: djones-davies@iog.org

Diann deals with all aspects of training & education and is responsible for the organisation and administration of IOG courses and all educational qualifications.