IOG launches new Professional Awards

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IOG launches new Professional Awards

The IOG is launching new Senior Awards this month which will provide important career advancement opportunities for sports and amenity turf managers, and for greenkeepers.

The Institute of Groundsmanship has been granted Delegated Authority by City and Guilds to award Licentiateship and Graduateship in Sports Turf Management.

The Licentiate Award (comparable to NVQ Level Four) is suitable for team supervisors and first line managers who have already achieved a NVQ Level Three equivalent qualification and have at least five years experience in the industry. Assessment is by means of a review of a detailed portfolio of career extension evidence.

The Graduateship Award (comparable to Honours Degree or NVQ Level Five) is aimed at more senior managers. The IOG offers two routes of entry for this award - the Project Route, which requires a 10,000 word work-based thesis, and a Direct Route for those who have already achieved a Level Four equivalent qualification and who can provide a comprehensive statement of management achievement together with supporting evidence. Both routes require attendance at an interview board.

Award holders are entitled to use the appropriate letters LCGI or GCGI after their name.

There is no annual subscription - only a one-off application fee for each award. A discount is available to IOG members.


"Academic qualifications can be attained through college courses but this academic foundation must then be built upon by years of practical management experience in order to become a professionally competent manager.

"These awards provide clear and irrefutable evidence of having acquired the wide range of complex, technical and management skills necessary to become a sports turf manager.''

Full details of these awards are available from the IOG head office on 01908 312511 or the website

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