Whether you are considering a career in groundsmanship or you are already employed in the industry and would like to progress then the IOG can help you.
We are a City & Guilds/NPTC accredited body for the delivery of our dedicated education programme. These qualifications/courses are accredited in line with National Occupational Standards.
Our education qualifications are available at varying levels depending on the stage of your career and are designed with the intention of being as accessible as possible. With that in mind we offer work based and online education solutions so that you can choose the option best for you.
Please feel free to contact us on 01908 312 511 option 2 or by email on email@example.com, if you would like to discuss your situation further.
Starting over again
My name is Nicky Moore I am the senior grounds man at the University of Brighton where I have worked for the past ten years my duties include looking after sports fields and amenity horticulture areas. I have worked in the turf industry for over thirty years and last studied through the IOG in the 1980’s when I passed my Technical Certificate in turf culture and city and guilds in horticulture stages 1 , 2 and level 2 year 3. In 2009 I decided to attempt some more qualifications as a mature student; I looked at a number of options and spoke to the IOG training and education department who suggested I should go for the Advanced National Certificate in Sports and Amenity Management. I started my course in April 2009. When I received my first unit, I was ready to give up and forget the course as it seemed so daunting and different to anything I had done in the past, that was until I received a phone call from Peter Ball my tutor who reassured me and helped me get started and who has been a constant support ever since. I have now completed six units out of eight and I have enjoyed the challenge. I have found it difficult coming back to education after almost 30 years but I have had good support from the IOG I look forward to completing the remaining two units and hopefully passing the exam. I would recommend this course for those who do not want to attend college and have some time to spare. In my case to research and complete a unit takes about forty-five hours spread over a six weeks period. As my computer skills are not all they should be it has made things a little more difficult but I am improving. I have increased my knowledge by completing the six units and have been able to introduce new ideas into my job roll as far as management practices. I would highly recommend this course to both new students and those a little more mature like me.
I have had 3 of my staff follow the level 2 training programme on Moodle, it has proven to be informative and enabled the individuals to develop their technical skills and receive certification of qualification whilst working full time.
The programme enabled them to develop ideas and to think in new ways about maintenance and the importance of the balance between practical application and the technical knowledge to improve turf surfaces.
The people involved enjoyed the course and found it to be very positive, from my perspective I have seen individuals progress and broaden their knowledge and develop more confidence in their day to day duties.
I will continue to use the Moodle system as part of the training programme for my staff and would suggest it to anyone else who was looking for professional qualifications.
Grounds & Gardens Manager