STA

Training & Education

The Sports Turf Academy run a range of accredited training courses throughout the year. These courses are a mix of hands-on, face-to-face, online and bespoke to individual and organisational needs.

Whether you are a seasoned turf professional or a volunteer, the Sports Turf Academy is the centre to raise your knowledge and skills in turf maintenance and management. From short training courses, to apprenticeships, higher education; here we have the resources to help all levels explore new areas of knowledge and skills. For the full terms and conditions on STA courses, please click HERE.

Training and education courses include:

- Sports turf maintenance at all levels from basic introduction to degree level
- Short courses e.g. irrigation, turfgrass nutrition, management and coaching skills
- Machinery maintenance and set-up
- Masterclasses (industry expert talks)
- Sports turf construction
- Integrated management of weeds, pests and diseases

The Sports Turf Academy provides the opportunity to not only train at a world-class venue, but learning with us provides access to the latest in Sports Turf technology, access to leading industry professionals and provides all of our students the opportunity to be part of an unrivalled learning experience.

Want to take your career to the next level? Register your interest below or by clicking HERE.

Sports Turf Academy upcoming courses

 

Advanced Cylinder Mower Set Up and Sharpening Course - 18 & 19 June, 2024

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Blades mower
Blades mower


Overview

This Lantra approved qualification is aimed at sports turf, ground staff, greenkeeping and lawn care professionals seeking to develop their skills and knowledge in professional mowing machinery set-up and basic skills in fault finding problems.

The course will be delivered in conjunction with mowing machinery expert Neil Hullah from Cut Sharp at LCFC Sports Turf Academy, Seagrave, Leicestershire.

Apply HERE 

Cost - £265.00 + VAT

Learning Outcomes

- Understand principles of working safely while, grinding, mowing and conducting mechanical works
- Understand the importance of the correct bottom blade selection for the ‘actual’ height of cut (HOC). Understand and set up angles/shear point position. Understand clip rate relevant to actual HOC
- Prepare mowing equipment for grinding of cutting blades
- Operate grinding equipment safely
- Prepare mowers for cutting to a high standard
- Understand a range of agronomical benefits of correct mower set-up
- Investigate mowing faults and rectify

Learner Demographics

This new two-day course is designed for sports turf operatives, greenkeepers and grounds care mechanics.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements, however, it is recommended that learners have some prior experience in the basic use of grounds care and mowing equipment. The duration is 12 hours over two days, 9am-4pm.

Sports Turf Leadership & Management: Performance Management - How To Maximise Productivity - 27 June, 2024

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L&M
L&M


Overview

The purpose of performance management, which is ultimately communication, is to improve individual’s skills and knowledge. Performance improves when individuals do good work that aligns with the organisation’s goals.

Expert instruction delivered by Phil Helmn, in this very interactive course.

Apply HERE

Cost - £125.00 + VAT

Learning Outcomes

The course is an ideal introduction or refresher training for:

- Understanding ‘can’t do’ or ‘won’t do’ people
- Why it’s important to measure performance
- Useful frameworks we can use
- How to support under performers & develop over achievers

Learner Demographics

This course is aimed at individuals that either work or aspire to work in sports turf management. The typical learner will be working towards or currently in a supervisory or management position. This course is also ideal supplementary training for Advanced Apprentices of sports turf.

Expert instruction delivered by Phil Helmn, in this very interactive course.

Entry Requirements

The advised entry requirements are for learners to have or be working towards a level 2 or 3 qualification (e.g. apprenticeship).

 

Initial Line Marking - 10 July, 2024

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Line Marking
Line Marking

Overview

The course is aimed at sports turf, groundstaff, and lawn care professionals seeking to develop their knowledge in the efficient, safe and legal aspects of line marking and the basic skills needed.

Apply HERE

 

Cost - £225.00 + VAT

Learning Outcomes

- Interpret the rules of the sport when setting out and marking out
- Understand and read the required dimensions of the sports pitch etc from a diagram
- Provide safe working practices and environment when marking out
- Be competent in the use and maintenance of marking machines
- Be competent and understand the cost effective best practices of the different types of materials available and be able to calibrate them properly

Learner Demographics

This is an entry level qualification so there are no specific entry requirements. Please contact the STA for further details on sta@lcfc.co.uk.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements, however, it is recommended that attendees have some prior experience in sports turf maintenance.

 

Sports Turf Leadership & Management: Effective Communication & Decision Making - 16 July, 2024

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L&M
L&M


Overview

This Lantra Accredited course is an ideal introduction and/or refresher training to reinforce good practices for evaluating and validating information; decision making, developing essential records and communicating effectively with key stakeholders involved in sports turf business.

Apply HERE

Cost - £155.00 + VAT

Learning Outcomes

The course is an ideal introduction or refresher training for:

- Evaluating and validating sports turf information
- Data collection
- Decision making
- Developing essential records and communicating effectively with key stakeholders involved in sports turf business

Learner Demographics

The typical learner will be working towards or currently in a supervisory or management position. This course is also ideal supplementary training for advanced apprentices of sports turf.

Entry Requirements

The advised entry requirements are for learners to have or be working towards a level 2 or 3 qualification (e.g. apprenticeship).

 

Sports Turf Leadership & Management: Understanding How To Prepare & Control Budgets - 17 July, 2024

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Leadership and Management
Leadership and Management


Overview

This Lantra accredited course will cover how to track expenses and   ensure the department or company can cover its costs whilst delivering  its goals. Budgetary management, is a process of preparing, overseeing and tracking performance against costs.

Apply HERE

Cost - £155.00 + VAT

Learning Outcomes

The course is an ideal introduction or refresher training for:

- Understanding budget components
- Using frameworks to build budgets
- Tracking spending
- Preparing and selling a budget proposal. Components that make up budgets

Learner Demographics

The typical learner will be working towards or currently in a supervisory or management position. This course is also ideal supplementary training for advanced apprentices of sports turf.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements are for learners to have or be working towards a level 2 or  qualification (e.g. apprenticeship).

Sports Turf Academy Award in Sports Turf Level 2 - 2 September - 6 September, 2024

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Sports Turf Academy Level 2
Sports Turf Academy Level 2


Overview

This will be a friendly classroom-based course that will allow the attendees an opportunity to develop new knowledge and participate in activities to confirm they are learning.  The aim is to learn new knowledge and skills that may be adopted into their own working context to enhance quality standards and sustainable management in sports turf.

Apply HERE

Cost - £900.00 + VAT for five days

Standalone modules available in:

- Principles & Theory of Sports Turf Maintenance - £200.00 + VAT (2 September)
- Principles & Practices of Sports Turf Irrigation - £255.00 + VAT (3 September)
- Cylinder Mower Set Up = £155.00 + VAT (4 September)
- Leadership & Management = £155.00 + VAT (5 September) Lantra Accredited
- Initial Line Marking = £225.00 + VAT (6 September) Lantra Accredited

Learning Outcomes

The course covers introductions to the above modules, two of which gain Lantra Certification

Learner Demographic

This course is suitable for international visitors, apprentices of sports turf/golf greenkeeping, and those wishing to complete an intensive short-course in sports turf maintenance and management.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements, however, it is recommended that attendees have some prior experience in sports turf maintenance.

BASIS Certificate In Crop Protection Amenity Horticulture: Amenity Grass & Sports Turf Areas

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Basis Certificate
Basis Certificate

- Tuesday 10 September - Legislation, transport, storage
- Wednesday 11 September - Pesticide formulations, modes of action
- Tuesday 17 September - Turf grass and biodiversity
- Wednesday 18 September - Principles and practices of weed control
- Tuesday 24 September - Principles and practices of disease control
- Wednesday 25 September - Revision
- Thursday 10 October - Revision and mock exam
- Wednesday 16 October - Multiple choice and site specific scenario exams
- Thursday 17 October - Mock Viva exam (AM)
- Thursday 17 October - Identification exam (PM)
- Friday 18 October Exam (in field viva and viva panel) 

Overview

The BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection has been approved by Ministers to meet the requirements of Schedule 2 of the Control of Pesticide Regulations for certification of those involved in the sale, advice and supply of pesticides.

This course is aimed at those involved in advising, sales or supply of pesticides in the amenity industry. This includes, but is not limited to:

- Contractors who sell or give advice
- Distributors who sell or give advice
- Pesticide manufacturers and suppliers
- Consultants, agents, managers, specifiers and local authority managers who are involved in pesticide sales or advice

Apply HERE

Cost - £1995.00 + VAT

Learning Outcomes

This course provides training and certification for sellers of agrochemicals and those giving advice on their use in amenity. It is valuable qualification for all those involved in the use of plant protection products in turf.

Learner Demographics 

This course is aimed at sports turf professionals including those involved in advising, sales, or supply of pesticides in the amenity industry.

Entry Requirements 

Candidates must have had satisfactory training and supervised field experience before entering for the BASIS (FSTS) examination. If in doubt as to this requirement, please contact the BASIS office.

Groundcare Machinery Maintenance – Electrics - 5 November, 2024 | FULLY BOOKED

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Groundcare maintenance – Electrics
Groundcare maintenance – Electrics

Overview

This Lantra accredited course will show you how to work safely and effectively on the electrical aspects of mowers. You will first cover all the theory to ensure you understand mower electrical circuits.

Following practical demonstrations, you will then progress onto practical sessions to identify electrical components. You will learn about best practice in electrical maintenance and how to locate common faults through testing.

Upon successful completion, you will gain a Certificate of Competence and a Lantra Skills ID card.

Apply HERE

Cost - £265.00 + VAT

Learning Outcomes

- Produce a site-specific risk assessment (SSRA) for machinery maintenance operations (specific to electric fault finding)
- Identify the required personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Identify the health and safety features required to diagnose and fix groundcare machinery electrical systems
- Identify components within an electrical system
- Know how an electrical system functions
- Identify potential faults on the electrical system
- Correctly carry out electrical maintenance and testing in accordance with the machine manufacturer’s operating manual
- State the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or repair task Organise the workshop and use a systematic method of working where possible.

Learner Demographics

This training course is ideal for you if you work in horticulture, landscaping and turf maintenance.

Entry Requirements

Important note: The Groundcare Machinery Maintenance Health and Safety E-Learning Course must be completed before commencing this course. Please follow the link - Easy to use online learning from Lantra - 024 7669 6996

The course is suitable for you whether you’re a novice or more experienced and simply looking to improve your skills and knowledge.       

Groundcare Machinery Maintenance - Hydraulics - 6 November 2024 | FULLY BOOKED

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Groundcare maintenance – Hydraulics
Groundcare maintenance – Hydraulics


Overview

This Lantra accredited 1-day Groundcare Machinery Maintenance – Hydraulics course will give you technical information about your mower. We have experienced instructors who will ensure that you use your machine safely and with confidence.

As well as legislation and health and safety, you’ll cover the theory of hydraulics. You’ll have hands-on experience of basic hydraulics’ operation and walk away with a certificate of competence to prove it.

Apply HERE

Cost - £265.00 + VAT

Learning Outcomes

- Identify the health and safety requirements for hydraulic maintenance
- Carry out a risk assessment and implement control measures, including emergency procedures
- Understand hydraulic system functionality and how a hydraulic system works
- Identify key hydraulic components and understand their function in the system
- Understand the role of oil function in a hydraulic system
- Understand the correct adjustment of fittings and hydraulic pipes
- Understand the importance of keeping a hydraulic system clean
- Understand how to prepare a machine for carrying out a hydraulic test
- Understand how to test a hydraulic system for correct pressure
- Restore a hydraulic system, clear the workshop and check the system
- Understand the responsibilities when hydraulic testing
- Operate the equipment in a safe and appropriate manner

Learner Demographic

This training course is ideal for you if you work in horticulture, landscaping and turf maintenance. 

Entry Requirements

Important note: The Groundcare Machinery Maintenance Health and Safety E-Learning Course must be completed before commencing this course. Please follow the link - Easy to use online learning from Lantra - 024 7669 6996

The course is suitable for you whether you’re a novice or more experienced and simply looking to improve your skills and knowledge.     

 

Groundcare Machinery Maintenance - Introduction to Engines - 7 November, 2024

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Groundcare maintenance into engines
Groundcare maintenance into engines

Overview

This 1-day course is part of a dedicated suite of Groundcare Machinery Maintenance training courses. It will show you how to work safely and effectively on the engines of mowers.

You will first cover all the theory to ensure you understand mower engines. Following practical demonstrations, you will then progress onto practical sessions to identify engine components.

You will learn about best practice in engine maintenance and how to locate common faults through testing.

Apply HERE

Cost - £265.00 + VAT

Learner outcomes

- Have safety knowledge when working with engines
- Be able to identify related risks
- Understand and identify the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required
- Be able to identify components within an engine
- Understand engine terminology and how an engine function
- Understand the 4-stroke cycle used in petrol and diesel engines
- Be able to identify the functions of:
Petrol Engines
Diesel Engines
Engine Turbos
Lubrication System
Cooling System
Electrical Charging System
Diesel Engines Euro Stage 3
- Understand diagnostics signs and how to test engines
- Correctly carry out engine maintenance and testing in accordance with the manufacturer's operator's manual (MOM)
- Identify potential defects on an engine which require attention
- State the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or repair tasks

Learner Demographic

This training course is ideal for you if you work in horticulture, landscaping or turf maintenance.

Entry Requirements

Important note: The Groundcare Machinery Maintenance Health and Safety E-Learning Course must be completed before commencing this course. Please follow the link - Easy to use online learning from Lantra - 024 7669 6996

The course is suitable for you whether you’re a novice or more experienced and simply looking to improve your skills and knowledge.        

Terms & Conditions

For the full terms and conditions on STA courses, please click HERE.

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