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This week’s updates:


If you took your PA1/PA6A assessment/qualification AFTER 1 January 2015, you are NOT covered to use Stem Injection Treatment equipment and purchase the associated industrial strength chemicals.

You now need to take PA6INJ training and assessment.

We are offering PA6INJ Training and Assessment at Allscott on several dates through the  summer and Autumn, the first being on 29 July. You can book by following this link:


Click on the “courses” tab above for further information.









Designed for for District, Town, Parish Clerks and Councillors, School Bursars, Estate Managers, Golf Club Secretaries; those people with responsibility for sports fields and play areas, but with little or no knowledge of the subject.

Overview and Guidance for the Management of Grounds Teams


Next available courses:

Tuesday 15 September, Finnimore Pavilion, Alton, Hampshire


Tuesday 22 September, at Pitchcare HQ, Allscott. Telford



New venues/dates now added for our 1-day, Lantra accredited, Turf Maintenance courses for Volunteer and Part Time Groundsmen  (Autumn Cricket Renovations, Bowls, Winter Sports)

Check the Courses list through the tab above.

Further courses will be available across the midlands, central and southern England and will include:

  • Autumn Cricket Pitch Renovations
  • Winter Sports Turf Preparations
  • Bowls Greens Maintenance
  • Synthetic Sports Surfaces Maintenance
  • Basic Tree Survey & Inspection
  • PA1/PA6 (NPTC Qualification)

Email chris@pitchcare to register your interest in any of the above; locations are decided according to demand.

We continue to provide on-site bespoke courses for groups on all the above throughout the summer months. PA1/PA6 courses will also run in July and August at Allscott (Telford).

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That we have three niche courses available, both designed and delivered by our in-house ecologist/botanist?  These are not offered as open courses but can be delivered on site, either on a 1:1 basis or for groups of up to 12.

The Management and maintenance of Ponds,  Ideal for golf greenkeepers, estate managers, contractors and others with water courses at their facilities, the course can be adapted to your particular situation.

The Management and maintenance of Wild Flower Meadows, Ideal for golf greenkeepers, contractors, forward-thinking local authorities,  academic institutions, country estates etc.

Turf Culture, Ideal for those seeking a more in-depth understanding of the creation and maintenance of a quality playing surface, and for lawn turf professionals.

Topics covered:

•         An introduction to plant cell biology – The implications of photosynthesis
•         Essential soil science – Soil texture and structure, the science and field skills
•         Basic Grass Identification – Species commonly used within sports turf
•         Cultural management – Objectives and machinery
•         Basic Weed Identification and control – Weed species commonly found in turf

Email chris@pitchcare if you are interested in any of the above courses


1-day Hand-held Machinery/Equipment Induction for groups of Seasonal Grounds Staff 

Of particular interest to Local Authorities and Sports Field Contractors

Available for minimum 4, maximum 8 participants, designed to familiarise them with the safe operation of hand-held equipment. Typically this will include Strimmers, Blowers and Pedestrian Mowers but other equipment may be included on request.

The course is delivered by an experienced turf professional and participants achieve a Pitchcare Certificate of Attendance.

Guide price £95 + VAT per person. Email chris@pitchcare with your requirements.

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2-day Spring/Summer Cricket Pitch Maintenance course incorporating practical demonstrations 


Our focus is on training which supports Groundsmen to create quality sports and amenity facilities.   Many of our courses are also suitable for Greenkeepers, Contractors and Landscapers.

Pitchcare is the ONLY independently accredited provider of customised one day training courses specifically for the sports turf industry.

Our LANTRA accredited courses include:

Why is this accreditation important?

Because LANTRA is the Government approved Sector Skills Council for the Sports Turf Industry, recognised by employers and insurers. Unlike other providers who offer self evaluated and self assessed training, Pitchcare courses, their content and instructors are all independently assessed and verified by LANTRA.

LANTRA and NPTC are your guarantees of quality.

We specialise in group training on site at the client’s premises, and welcome enquiries from local authorities, schools, groundcare and property maintenance contractors etc.

Topics available for groups include:

Winter Sports Turf Maintenance, Bowls Greens and Synthetic Sports Surfaces Maintenance, Spring Cricket Preparations, Autumn Cricket Renovations, Pesticides PA1/PA2/PA6, Stem Injection Treatment for the Control of Invasive Species such as Japanese Knotweed, Basic Tree Survey & Inspection, Lantra/NPTC Machinery and Equipment including Chainsaws.

We also offer a range of public courses, mainly in the Midlands and Southern England, which individuals are welcome to attend.  These are available to book online – click on the “Courses” link above for further information and booking links.


Group Training

We offer a wide range of competitively priced courses covering all aspects of turf culture and land-based operations,  available for delivery to groups, often on-site at the client's premises.

Instructor to learner ratios are in accordance with Lantra requirements, typically 1 : 4 or   1 : 6.  (1:14 for Basic Tree Survey & Inspection).

The Pitchare 1-day, Lantra accredited Turf Maintenance courses are available to groups of 6-10 groundstaff from local clubs, and offer preferential rates for the host club.

Please email me  chris@pitchcare.com  with details of your particular requirements.

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General Sports Turf Maintenance Courses

These 1-day theory courses have been designed to provide a basic overview of the machinery, equipment and processes involved in sports ground maintenance. They will be of equal benefit to those who work alone on a sports ground, including volunteers and part time grounds people, or members of groundstaff teams. They are also ideal for those new to the industry and, of course, it’s a great opportunity to spend a day with your fellow turf professionals!

The courses are accredited by Lantra Awards and are delivered by an experienced turf professional, so delegates can be sure that as well as the basic course content they will pick up lots of tips and sound advice.

Each delegate receives a Lantra Awards Certificate of Attendance and a copy of the comprehensive Course Manual, which contains a month-by-month annual maintenance programme for future reference and as a reminder of the techniques and skills covered on the day.

Changes to Safe Use of Pesticide training

Change 1

From 1 January 2015, a person taking PA1/PA6A training and assessment will only be qualified to apply pesticides using Hand-held/knapsack and Controlled Droplet Application sprayers.  There are now separate assessments for AW (application in, or near, a water course), Stem Injection PA6INJ, and Granular pesticides applications PA4 which were previously covered under PA6A.

Candidates booking PA1/PA6 courses are required to specify at the time of booking if they require additional assessments to the PA6A, and these will incur an additional charge.

Change 2

A current exemption in UK law, commonly known as “grandfather rights”, allows anyone born before 31 December 1964, to use plant protection products (PPPs ) authorised for professional use on their own or their employer’s land, without having to hold a certificate (of competence) although they should still be suitably trained and competent for their job. The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 allows this exemption to continue until 26 November 2015, after which everyone who uses PPPs  authorised for professional use must have a certificate.

In addition, after 26 November 2015, it will be an offence for anyone to purchase PPPs  authorised for professional use unless they have ensured that the intended end user has a certificate.

Dealing with Difficult People and Situations

Led by Frank Newberry, this 1-day course which has proved invaluable in helping those whose day-to-day work brings them into contact with the general public, typically school sports fields, local authority amenity land, village or community sports facilities or play areas, public parks and gardens, theme and leisure parks.

Inevitably such people will meet situations of potential conflict and misunderstanding. Such events demand well-developed communication skills if they are to be dealt with sensitively with the best possible outcome being achieved for all concerned.

Available to be delivered on site to groups of 6 or more.

More details about the Dealing with Difficult People and Situations course

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All Courses Available

Below you will find a list of all the courses available. For further information on a particular course, click the relevant title.

Those marked with an * are public courses which individuals may attend. For all other courses, we welcome group enquiries to chris@pitchcare.com.

To view all our current public courses, click Booking Now.

Safe Use of Pesticides: This course is a legally required qualification by the Control of Pesticide Regulations for anyone applying pesticides on a commercial basis. It is divided into 13 units. Read More.