Level 2 GMA Technical Award 5 in Turf Surface Maintenance

What is involved in studying for these qualifications?
There are 5 Awards which can be taken alone or gradually built-up to make the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Turf Surface Maintenance qualification.

The 5 Awards consist of the following modules from the full certificate:

Award 1: Soils & fertilisers and nutrients 
(The estimated study is 40 hours)

Award 2: Plant classification and identification & grasses and seeds 
(The estimated study is 40 hours)

Award 3: Weeds, pests, diseases, conditions, mosses and algae 
(The estimated study is 30 hours)

Award 4: Turf maintenance activities & health and safety 
(The estimated study is 30 hours)

Award 5: Maintaining turfgrass surfaces 
(The estimated study is 40 hours)

Each Award course lasts a maximum of 4-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 these qualifications?
These qualifications are ideal for someone wishing to develop specific areas of their knowledge and understanding. They are also ideal for those workers who have not studied for many years and who wish to re-engage with a formal educational learning experience but who do not wish to attend a college course, or who do not want to create a portfolio of evidence.

What are the entry requirements?
There are no entry requirements for each course, although you should have a keen interest in turf maintenance. Candidates should ideally have a minimum of one year’s experience to gain the most from any of the courses.

What is the cost of each qualification?
This depends upon whether a candidate wishes to study the course just to gain a better understanding of the subject matter but without sitting a formal examination, or whether they wish to sit an examination to achieve the qualification. If candidates do not wish to sit an examination they will be issued with a ‘Certificate of Course Completion’ after they have verified they have studied the course in accordance with the course requirements.

How can they be studied?
Each course will be through distance / home study learning, with tutor support by email. A detailed syllabus and course study plan is provided (no text books are provided for the Technical Awards) along with specific web links which signpost relevant learning material. We are aiming to create learning material so each course can also be studied online.

How is the qualification assessed?
Each qualification (i.e. Award) is assessed by sitting one 45 minute written examination paper; There are 3 assessment periods throughout the year: February, June and November.

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, GMA support for your studies will cease.

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