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

Ben McGargill CGCS

"The certification process has provided me the opportunity to learn new things that are relevant to our profession as well as sharpen existing skills. Becoming certified has been a long-term career goal which was well worth the time and effort spent towards achieving it. I hope to use the knowledge gained to better serve the golf industry and to do my part to ensure that we have a vibrant future."

– Ben McGargill, CGCS, Wynstone Golf Club, North Barrington, Ill.