GCSAA's certification program
A complete guide to the certified golf course superintendent designation
GCSAA offers a professional certification program that enables golf course superintendents to be recognized for their high level of achievement in golf course management. The professional designation, Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS), is bestowed upon those who voluntarily meet the stringent requirements.
The CGCS designation is the most widely recognized in the golf industry and the highest level of recognition that can be achieved. Approximately 25% of GCSAA Class A members are certified golf course superintendents.
What new CGCSs say about the program
"In 1995, as a turfgrass student at Penn State, I set a personal goal to become a certified golf course superintendent. I found the certification program to be challenging and rewarding! It has made me a better leader and mentor in my current role and will undoubtedly serve me well in future endeavors."
– Shane A. Miller, CGCS, Iron Lakes Country Club, Allentown Pa.
"Achieving certification was a learning experience and taught me a lot about myself and what I could do.
The process is hard but, if it were easy everyone would do it. I feel I am a part of a select group of professionals."
– Damon Dean, CGCS, Keith Hills Golf Club, Buies Creek, NC
"The certification process tested every area of knowledge and competency in our industry and I am proud to have earned this distinction. Achieving certification has been a long-term goal and represents making good on the opportunities that have been presented to me by my employers and mentors throughout my career. I feel empowered to lead by example and to become a mentor to future superintendents, helping to provide them new opportunities and incentives to grow and strive to continually better themselves.”
– Tim Huber, CGCS, Club at Carlton Woods, Spring, Texas
“Certification has been a longtime personal and professional goal. I felt that it would strengthen my reputation as a superintendent as well as the reputation of my employer. In the current market, I want to do anything extra I can to help East Aurora Country Club stand out. ”
– Drew Thompson, CGCS, East Aurora Country Club, East Aurora, NY
“Achieving certification is a career achievement that I have held in high importance since becoming a Class A member. Through my experience, I found the certification process to be very wide-reaching and thorough. The process not only required that I evaluate my programs, processes, and procedures, but it also inspired me to improve the efficiency of my operation, my professional leadership, and my responsibilities as an environmental steward. It is my recommendation that superintendents avail themselves of the opportunity to achieve certification. The accreditation process results in personal growth, career advancement, and proliferates the professionalism of our industry.”
– Ryan Severidt, CGCS, The Olde Farm Golf Club, Bristol, Va.
“As a golf course superintendent, I believe education remains the cornerstone to our profession. Once I completed my MSPS in Turfgrass Management at Penn State, I set out to achieve certification. Becoming a CGCS was a professional goal. The process was a wonderful leaning experience and satisfying challenge. Certification built my confidence and validated my experience, education, and on-course skills. Trust me no one does it alone. I thank the GCSAA staff, professors, mentors, friends and family who gave me guidance and support. We achieved certification.”
– Jeffrey L. Seeman, CGCS, Poxabogue Golf Club, East Quogue, NY
"GCSAA has done a great job compiling the three different areas of the certification process. The process forced me to take the time to step back and reevaluate the overall day-to day-operations at my facility. The work I put into the portfolio has me more organized and better prepared for the future, and I will continue to use it as a resource. The overall certification process took a lot of time and effort and therefore helped reshape how I conduct business both in the day-to day-operations at my facility as well as professionally among my peers in the industry. Achieving certification gave me a sense of accomplishment, and I feel has brightened the future of my career."
– Jeremy Biswell, CGCS, Belmar Golf Club, Moore, Okla.
"It's amazing the things you can accomplish when GOD is in your life."
– Steve Gross, CGCS, Mirror Lake Golf Club, Will Rica, Ga.