Membership

Updated: 12/31/2013

GCSAA membership classifications


Class A Golf Course Superintendent (A)

To qualify for Class A membership, an applicant shall have, at the time of application for membership, at least three (3) years' experience as a golf course superintendent, be employed in such capacity and comply with all additional qualifications adopted by the membership. Class A members shall have all the privileges of the association, subject to the provisions of Article VI, Section 1 hereof.

Annual dues: $365


Superintendent Member (SM)

To qualify for Superintendent Member membership, an applicant shall, at the time of application, be employed as a golf course superintendent and does not meet the additional qualifications for Class A membership. Superintendent members shall have all the privileges of the association, except that of holding office.

Annual dues: $365


International Superintendent Member (ISM)

To qualify for International Superintendent membership, an applicant shall be employed outside of the United States as a superintendent or head greenkeeper and be a member of his/her own international association at the time of application for membership. International Superintendent Members shall have all the privileges of the association, except those of voting and holding office. Services and benefits provided to International Superintendent Members are outlined in the Standing Rules for Membership.

Annual dues: $185


Assistant Golf Course Superintendent (Class C)

To qualify for Assistant Superintendent membership, an applicant shall be, at the time of application for membership, an assistant to a golf course superintendent, and shall be presently employed in such capacity. Class C members shall have all the privileges of the association, except those of voting and holding office.

Annual dues: $185


Life member (Class AA)

To qualify for Life membership, one must have retired as a golf course superintendent or assistant golf course superintendent and have been a golf course superintendent or assistant golf course superintendent member of GCSAA for 25 years of which a minimum of 20 years has been as a golf course superintendent. A life member shall have all the rights and privileges of the association except that of holding office.

Dues: Life members pay no membership dues.


Class A-Retired

To qualify for Class A - Retired status, one must not be currently employed as a golf course superintendent and have a minimum of five years of service as a Class A golf course superintendent member. The years of service as a GCSAA member when combined with the member's age must equal or exceed 75 years. This member shall have all the privileges of the association afforded that classification, with the exception of holding office.

Annual dues: $70


Affiliate (AF)

To qualify for Affiliate membership, an applicant must be an individual, business firm or governmental body interested in golf course management and/or in the growing or production of fine turfgrass, either individually or through employment by, or other affiliation with, a company, proprietorship or association, and who does not qualify for membership in another class. Affiliate members shall have such privileges of the association as the board of directors may specify by standing rules, except those of voting and holding office.

Annual dues: $365


Associate member (AS)

To qualify for Associate membership, an applicant must be employed at a golf course and does not qualify for membership under the Class A, Superintendent Member or Class C bylaws definition. Associate members shall have such privileges of the association as the board of directors may specify by standing rules, except those of voting and holding office.

Annual dues: $90


Educator (Class E)

To qualify for Educator membership, an applicant must be an educator or extension officer. Class E members shall have such privileges of the association as the board of directors may specify by standing rules, except those of voting and holding office.

Annual dues: $65


Inactive

An Inactive Member is an individual who, by reason of unemployment, illness or other adverse circumstances, has been placed in this class upon his or her application. The board of directors shall have the authority to act on such application and to place a member on Inactive status subject to terms and conditions as the board of directors may specify by standing rules.

Annual dues: $30


Student (S)

To qualify for Student membership, an applicant must be a full-time turfgrass student enrolled in a formal course of education, or have completed his or her formal education less than one (1) year prior to the date of application for membership and have not become employed at a golf course. Student members shall have such privileges of the association as the board of directors may specify by standing rules, except those of voting and holding office.

Annual dues: $65
Student web-only membership: $30


Retired (RT)

To qualify for Retired membership, one must be retired and no longer seeking employment within the scope of activities of any membership class of the association. An applicant may apply to the board of directors in writing for Retired membership, the annual dues for which shall be set by the board of directors but shall not exceed half the amount paid for the classification in which the member retires.

There are two options for retirement:
(1) Any member reaching age fifty-five (55), may retire and shall have all the privileges of the association afforded the member in his or her immediate previous classification, with the exception of holding office; or

(2) Any member having completed a minimum of twenty (20) years of service in any membership classification may retire in that classification and shall have all of the privileges of the association afforded that classification, with the exception of holding office.

Annual dues: $70


Facility Outreach

To qualify for Facility Outreach membership, an applicant must currently be participating in the Technical Assistance Network or have been a former participant of the program. Membership will be issued in the facility's name with one representative assigned as the recipient of the benefits. The membership representative will be entitled to the same benefits as Affiliate Company membership.

Annual dues: Free


Reclassification of members

Voluntary reclassification

Any individual member may request a change in his or her membership classification in accord with a change in his or her qualifications for membership.

Mandatory reclassification

All members, upon renewal of their annual membership, must clearly state their current employment status. This statement of employment status shall be based upon the association's officially accepted job titles and golf course organization chart, or other commonly accepted listings of job titles.