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Education And Training

Most groundskeepers learn on the job. In high school, take courses in biology and the earth sciences, as well as English and communications. If you can, attend an agricultural or technical high school that offers landscaping courses. After school and during your summers off, work part-time for a groundskeeper or landscaper.

After graduation, work as a groundskeeper, or as part of a groundskeeping crew. If you want to work as a specialized groundskeeper for a golf course or athletic field, it's helpful to take a two-year course at an agricultural or junior college that provides courses in soil science and turf-grass management.

Certification is not necessary, but several organizations, including the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), offer certification programs that can lead to higher-paying jobs.

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