Staff Training – 6th BIGGA CPD Milestone Certificate

 On 18th May 2020 Course Manager Richard Johnstone was awarded with a 6th BIGGA CPD Milestone member Certificate in recognition of his continued education and training in 2019.

The BIGGA CPD Scheme is made up of members who are looking to improve their professional knowledge and competence within the industry while developing skills and personal qualities necessary for the execution of technical duties throughout their working life.

Continuing Professional Development Credits types have been divided into four categories to provide a greater range of CPD activities. The four categories are Education, Professional, Personal Learning and Networking. All BIGGA CPD credits are recorded in a lifetime transcript which is a list of all the CPD you have carried out, since registering on the CPD programme.

“No professional should stand still – we’re all learning, all the time. CPD asks you to think about and record what you’re doing, and plan and structure the most appropriate next steps.”

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Staff Training – BIGGA CPD Approved Members Certificate

On 18th May 2020 Course Manager Richard Johnstone was awarded with a BIGGA CPD Approved member Certificate in recognition of his continued education and training in 2020.

The BIGGA CPD Scheme is made up of members who are looking to improve their professional knowledge and competence within the industry while developing skills and personal qualities necessary for the execution of technical duties throughout their working life.

Continuing Professional Development Credits types have been divided into four categories to provide a greater range of CPD activities. The four categories are Education, Professional, Personal Learning and Networking. All BIGGA CPD credits are recorded in a lifetime transcript which is a list of all the CPD you have carried out, since registering on the CPD programme.

“No professional should stand still – we’re all learning, all the time. CPD asks you to think about and record what you’re doing, and plan and structure the most appropriate next steps.”IMG_E6161[1]

Staff Training – BIGGA CPD Approved Member Certificate

On 25th April 2020 Assistant Greenkeeper Graham Burnett was awarded with a BIGGA CPD Approved member Certificate in recognition of his continued education and training in 2020.

The BIGGA CPD Scheme is made up of members who are looking to improve their professional knowledge and competence within the industry while developing skills and personal qualities necessary for the execution of technical duties throughout their working life.

Continuing Professional Development Credits types have been divided into four categories to provide a greater range of CPD activities. The four categories are Education, Professional, Personal Learning and Networking. All BIGGA CPD credits are recorded in a lifetime transcript which is a list of all the CPD you have carried out, since registering on the CPD programme.

“No professional should stand still – we’re all learning, all the time. CPD asks you to think about and record what you’re doing, and plan and structure the most appropriate next steps.”Graham Approved cert April 2020

COVID – 19 – Essential Maintenance Guidelines Update

The following update to the Essential Maintenance Statement for Golf Courses is published in view of the extension of the UK Government regulations, the changing seasonal climatic conditions and the need to utilise the time of reduced greenkeeping teams most effectively. These updates are not a justification to increase staff numbers beyond those currently utilised.

Essential Maintenance Statement for Golf Courses during COVID-19 Outbreak

The following industry statement, produced in association with BIGGA, sets out a reduced, essential maintenance regime for greenkeeping that limits activity on the golf course while protecting workers, jobs and securing the playing surfaces at golfing facilities. When a resumption in play is allowed, this will be vital to get the millions of golfers back onto our courses, benefiting their physical and mental wellbeing.

The UK’s £2bn GVA golf industry is only sustainable if greenkeepers continue to work, but it is paramount that this is done in a safe and secure environment.

This  industry statement outlines those treatments considered essential for the safe maintenance of a golf course during the current government restrictions. It is accepted that golf courses exist in many different forms, on many different soil types and in differing landscapes and that this guidance may require adaptation.

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Staff Training – BIGGA CPD Approved Member Certificate

On 16th April 2020 Course Manager Richard Johnstone was awarded with a BIGGA CPD Approved member Certificate in recognition of his continued education and training in 2020.

The BIGGA CPD Scheme is made up of members who are looking to improve their professional knowledge and competence within the industry while developing skills and personal qualities necessary for the execution of technical duties throughout their working life.

Continuing Professional Development Credits types have been divided into four categories to provide a greater range of CPD activities. The four categories are Education, Professional, Personal Learning and Networking. All BIGGA CPD credits are recorded in a lifetime transcript which is a list of all the CPD you have carried out, since registering on the CPD programme.

“No professional should stand still – we’re all learning, all the time. CPD asks you to think about and record what you’re doing, and plan and structure the most appropriate next steps.”IMG_E5561[1]

COVID – 19 – Essential Maintenance Guidelines

Following the Government’s announcement  on 23rd March that “essential” maintenance was permitted on golf courses during the current period of extreme measures to combat COVID-19.

The current stringent lockdown measures are hugely important to protect society from the virus. The following guidance produced by The R&A, with our support and input, sets out a maximum level of work that is considered essential for golf courses at this time.

The prime factor in all this is the health and safety of our members and their families. It is vital that work only takes place in the safest of environments with stringent measures in place to prevent greenkeepers being exposed to the virus. We believe that with good care it is possible to provide such an environment, but also believe that work should be kept to the minimum described.

Importantly, the guidance will remain under review as climatic conditions change and if the period of lockdown extends. If the measures extend for a longer period of time, the scope of what is considered essential work may evolve.

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Staff Training – Reesink Turfcare Scotland

On 11-12th March 2020 Assistant Greenkeeper Graham Burnett recently attended Reesink Turfcare Scotland service branch in Livingston, West Lothian.

Over the two days Graham completed a mixture of practical and theory work, giving him a good understanding of the mechanical principles involved in repairing and servicing our own fleet of TORO equipment at Nairn Dunbar.

Graham was able to increase his knowledge with regards to basic health and safety, diagnosing and repairing common faults, routine servicing, maintenance of cutting units, unit configuration, diagnostics and electric and hydraulic failures.

The valuable skills and knowledge gained from attending will be a great help to Nairn Dunbar as we try to get the most out of an ageing fleet of TORO equipment.

A special thanks to Rab Wilson and the Team at Reesink Turfacre for allowing Graham this opportunity to spend time with them to expand his skills and knowledge of TORO equipment.

“No professional should stand still – we’re are all learning all the time”

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