The European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) Vocational Qualification in Golf Course Design is inviting applicants for its next intake in spring 2015.
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.
Two years ago the Institute opened up its course to applicants who are able to secure an attachment to a practice with an EIGCA member, as well as those who are working with a member full time. The four students on the current course will complete their studies early next year and the EIGCA is now accepting applications for the next course starting in April 2015 at their Annual Meeting in North Berwick.
The Student Attachment Programme offers students the opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ work experience in a practice, but without giving the EIGCA Member employment concerns – it’s a contractual ‘internship’ for a fixed number of days over a two year period. The deadline for applications is 17 October by which time SAP applicants need to have found an attachment.
Chairman of the EIGCA Education Committee, Alan Walker, commented: “This approach slightly widens the entry criteria into the profession and allows SAP students to take some part-time paid work to help cover their course fees and day to day living expenses.”