The Groundsman

December 2014

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GROW WITH THE IOG 37 the Groundsman December 2014 Visit for more information and digital editions Course C: Technical Turf grass Refresher This technical refresher for turf grass surfaces, which is suitable for all groundstaff, focuses on the need to understand the interconnections between maintaining grounds to a good standard, meeting budget requirements and meeting the needs of users. Particular areas of the course include: 1. What are the standards being aimed at? 2. What do users want from a surface? 3. Good practice in carrying out the work 4. Soils and weather conditions: the impact on maintenance work 5. Weed identification 6. Grass identification 7. Pest identification 8. Disease identification 9. The benefits of effective communication between groundstaff, manager and users The primary reasons for the course are • to keep groundstaff up to date with technical aspects • update identification skills • understand the effective use of resources • optimise available finances and reduce waste from ineffective practices • maintaining or improving the quality of surfaces • increase usage and user experience on a turf grass surface. This course is an ideal complement to the Health and Safety course. Correct identification of diseases or other pests are an essential part of IPM (red thread pictured) Effective maintenance tasks can help towards creating optimum playing conditions Course availability The courses will be available at planned venues, as traditionally happens, or they can be customised to be delivered in-house to save travelling costs where organisations have a number of groundstaff they wish to put in for the training. Please contact the IOG on 01908 312511 or for more information. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 2015 The IOG has streamlined the way in which members wishing to keep up to date and develop their career in the groundscare industry can gain recognition for their CPD. There is a positive emphasis on reflecting on what you have learnt and recording any impact on your performance and practice. This adds significant value to the scheme, bringing it into line with other professional bodies. You still need to undertake a minimum of 35 hours of learning activities, but these are split into a minimum of 20 hours of formal learning, with no more than 15 hours of informal learning. Further information and guidance will appear on the IOG website ( shortly.

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