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Greenkeeping Cadetship Programme

Horticulture > Greenkeeping Cadetship Programme

Course Duration

Full-time: 1 year

Course Location

Greenmount Campus

Greenkeeping Cadetship Programme

CAFRE, in association with the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) Ulster Branch, offers a Greenkeeping Cadetship programme.The programme is aimed at people aged 18-24 who have a keen interest in developing a career in greenkeeping. The GUI supports two or three greenkeeping students per year with a generous financial bursary. Each year cadets are selected on the basis of competitive interview by a panel of GUI and CAFRE representatives. The Cadetship programme is a full-time programme and runs from early September to the following May each year.The candidates selected complete the City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture (Sports Turf Greenkeeper) programme and gain practical experience while working on the sports turf areas and campus grounds.

Course content

Main areas of study are:

  • Effective working relationships
  • Health and safety
  • Maintain the health and condition of sports turf surfaces
  • Personal development
  • Repair of sports turf surfaces
  • Site preparation, seeding and planting
  • Tractor operation
  • Use of machinery and equipment

The Cadetship programme gives each cadet the opportunity to meet and interact with the industry professionals at seminars, demonstrations and turf trade events including national events such as BTME (Harrogate), SALTEX (Birmingham NEC) and GLAS (Dublin).

Cadets also assist at in-house CAFRE events such as Sports Turf Matters and information events where they are ambassadors for the Golf Greenkeeping sector.

Course Progression

This course may provide students with an opportunity to progress onto the Level 3 Work-based Diploma in Sports Turf Management.

The Level 2 qualification produces skilled operatives who can quickly become key workers within the grounds care and sports turf sectors. This qualification may allow students to obtain better rates of pay, permanent positions or alternative job roles within the industry.

Course Entry Requirements

Applicants must have relevant practical experience and a minimum of four GCSE Grade Cs or equivalent including English Language and Mathematics and a keen interest in the game of golf.

The course offers a blend of practical instruction and classroom based learning centred on the Golf and Greenkeeping Academy at Greenmount Campus, Antrim.

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      Key Contact

      Paul Campbell
      Senior Lecturer (Horticulture)



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