GMA announces the definitive guide to training and education

The new GMA Prospectus is the definitive guide to Grounds Management Association Training and Education, detailing the many training courses and qualifications available from the institute. The 44-page booklet outlines the qualifications, training courses and advisory services available to help support individual career development and future opportunities. 

Also included is an ‘at-a-glance’ career roadmap showing how all the different options dovetail to create progression pathways.  

In addition, there is an explanation of the GMA’s Pitch Grading Framework – guidelines that match pitch quality standards with the skills required to maintain them, at every level from volunteer grassroots playing surfaces needing introductory certification through to foundation degrees for professionals at elite stadia. 

The Prospectus offers something for everyone; a blended learning system that allows access to GMA courses in the workplace, the classroom or online, to enable everyone to enhance their skillset and knowledge.

A host of GMA training courses are outlined, for winter pitches, cricket, bowls, racecourses, warm season grasses, reinforced pitches and artificial surfaces, as well as ‘general’ and bespoke courses.

The qualifications offered by the GMA include:
→ Technical Awards, Certificates and Diplomas in turf surface maintenance; 
→ Certificate in sustainable turf management;
→ Professional Certificate and Diploma in turf surface management; 
→ Professional Certificate in turf surface consulting; and
→ Level 3 Supervisory Management.

Commenting on the launch of the GMA Prospectus, Chief Executive Geoff Webb said: “The GMA is committed to encouraging continual skills development and is passionate about supporting those wanting to learn how to improve playing surfaces at every level of the sporting spectrum.

“Thousands of grounds people train with us each year, as well as the many who undertake GMA qualifications, and the GMA Prospectus now provides an easy-reference guide for everyone involved.” 

A PDF copy of the GMA Prospectus can viewed in the Learning area of the GMA website. Printed copies are available from the GMA by calling 01908 312511 or via email: learning@thegma.org.uk