How to become a gamekeeper
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could take a Level 2 Certificate in Countryside and Environment, or a Level 3 Diploma in Countryside Management.
A college course may help you when applying for a job as a gamekeeper.
You can find a list of colleges offering gamekeeper courses through the National Gamekeepers' Organisation Educational Trust.
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could do an Underkeeper Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.
This takes a minimum of 18 months to complete.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You might be able to start as an assistant gamekeeper or underkeeper. You can then work your way up to gamekeeper as you gain more experience and learn on the job.
Some jobs include accommodation on the estate where you'll work.
You can find out more about becoming a gamekeeper from the National Gamekeepers' Organisation.