What is involved in studying for this qualification?
There are 2 modules in this qualification:
• Processes involved in developing a consultancy report
• Create a consultancy report
The estimated study time for the course is 180 hours, with the course lasting a maximum of 11-months from the date of enrolment. Candidates are able to enrol on to another of these courses, for additional fees, if they do not complete the course within the required time scale.
Why should I enrol for this qualification?
This is the IOG’s highest level qualification and is ideal for people who have a wealth of industry experience and who wish to engage in consultancy activities to help raise the standard of grounds care throughout the industry. The course provides someone with the skills needed to create a consultancy report and engage in consultancy work – it doesn’t qualify anyone to be a consultant though as there are many facets – experiences and technical qualifications, ideally to degree level, that are also needed.
What are the entry requirements?
You must have achieved a minimum of a Level 4 qualification with at least 7 years relevant industry experience, or a minimum of 12 years relevant industry experience. Candidates without an appropriate qualification must be able to demonstrate, and be satisfied themselves, that they have the skills and experience necessary to undertake the demands of this high level course.
What is the cost of the qualification?
Pricing details for the full course are available further down this page.
How can it be studied?
The course will be through distance / home study learning, with expert tutor support by email and telephone. A detailed syllabus and course study plan is provided along with a course textbook and specific web links which provide further learning material. We are aiming to create our own learning material so this course can also be studied online.
How is the qualification assessed?
The qualification is assessed by each candidate submitting a written report. There are 2 assessment periods during the year: June and December.
What can I do after this course?
Provide high level advice and guidance for an employer; Set up your own turf consultancy business (part-time or full-time) or potentially work as a sub-contractor for the IOG’s turfcare advisory service. Holders of this qualification may use the designatory letters PCert(TSC).
Should your studies overrun the prearranged time period given, you can pay £90/£180 for a further 3/6 months support, for every 3/6 months your studies overrun. Should you choose not to pay the short term extension fees, IOG support for your studies will cease.