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Introduction to Parks Management (CPD)


£178+VAT (APSE members) £289+VAT (Non-members)



Learn more about our in-house option, please contact Fiona Sutton-Wilson for details: fsuttonwilson@apse.org.uk.


The parks industry has been changing at a pace, with significant new requirements being placed on those at all levels in the profession. Demands are increasing and resources dwindling. Professionals are showing resilience, determination and innovation and this is being captured in a new course being offered by APSE Training.

This preliminary course provides an introduction to the key issues and principles of parks management. If you are looking to move towards a more senior position, or you want to grow the skills to understand, develop, and cope with the demands faced by managers, this course will provide a robust overview.

Participants will share best practice and experiences in this highly interactive course, delivered as part of APSE’s online training offer. 


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the current main pressures facing the industry and management
  • Explain the skills required for effective leadership and management
  • Summarise the main principles of effective financial and resource management
  • Identify the importance of customer care and partnership within your role
  • Prepare to undertake a skills analysis
  • Create an action plan for your own development and to improve your performance

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) 

This course has been independently certified as conforming to accepted CPD guidelines. Delegates will earn 5 CPD points from attending the full course and will be issued with a CPD certificate for their personal records.


Who Will Benefit?

Those who are new to management or are looking to develop their careers to secure more senior positions such as:

  • Operational managers and supervisors who want to move to a more holistic role
  • Operatives who want to move to supervisory roles
  • Those who want to understand the wider issues facing the parks industry

This course will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams. To access it, you will need a WiFi connection or mobile data hotspot. Downloading Microsoft Teams to your laptop, desktop or smart device will give a better performance and greater functionality throughout the day.  This highly interactive training includes a mixture of presentations, video conferencing, group work, games, quizzes and video.



This course is offered as a full day or as two half days.

Morning sessions:         09:00 Start        12:00 Finish

Afternoon sessions:      13:00 Start        16:00 Finish

Full day:                        09:00 Start        16:00 Finish


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Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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