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Story published at 15:54, Wednesday, June 10th, 2015


The students in a surveying exercise at Woking Golf Club with EIGCA Senior Member Tim Lobb

The students in a surveying exercise at Woking Golf Club with EIGCA Senior Member Tim Lobb

The European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) is inviting applicants for its next intake on their Vocational Qualification in Golf Course Design.

The aim of the vocational course, which started in 2011, is to aid the development of students through a mixture of online learning, bi-annual workshops and assignments.

It is an important role of the EIGCA to promote and maintain high standards of golf course design and professional expertise. By offering a qualification in golf course architecture the EIGCA is ensuring that potential new golf course architects are properly trained.

The EIGCA Vocational Qualification in Golf Course Design is currently open to both prospective designers who are just getting into the industry and have already found employment in an EIGCA member’s practice and others interested in the industry who can attach themselves to a member (Student Attachment Programme). The aim of the vocational course is to aid their development through a mixture of online learning, bi-annual workshops and assignments, while also receiving on-the-job training from their mentor.

The deadline for applications is mid October 2015 (final date to be confirmed) by which time SAP applicants need to have found an attachment. By opening up applications now it offers potential students approximately four months to approach members to secure an attachment.

The latest intake of students on this programme have now completed Part 1 of the course and the Education Board of the EIGCA is pleased to announce a successful outcome for the 4 students who took part.

After two years study, assignments, and essays together with on the job training the following results were achieved: –

  • Jakub Cervenka Distinction (Mentor – David Krause)
  • David Minogue Merit (Mentor – Jeff Lynch)
  • Neil White Distinction (Mentor – Simon Gidman)
  • Gareth Williams Distinction (Mentor – Guy Hockley)

Alan Walker, Chairman of the EIGCA Education Board commented, ‘Our four students have made great progress over the duration of the course which has resulted in three ‘Distinctions’ and a ‘Merit’ pass for Stage 1 of the EVQ. It was particularly pleasing to receive a number of positive comments from members regarding the high standard shown by all four students. I’d like to thank the Mentors for playing such a positive role in the students’ progression through Stage 1 of the course’.

In order for the students to progress towards Associate membership of the EIGCA they now need to gain actual work experience and present their own projects to fulfil Part 2 of the qualification.

Please contact Virginia Turner for more information – virginia@eigca.org

European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) www.eigca.org

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