How to earn GCSAA education and service points

Education points

Education activities

Chapter meetings with education (must be pre-approved)

Points awarded: 0.1 per hour
How to submit: Submit education point affidavit and enter event code


GCSAA seminars, correspondence & online courses

Points awarded: 0.1 per hour
How to submit: Complete and submit evaluation form at end of course
Note: Credit can be received for attending the same on-site seminar more than once within a five-year renewal cycle. Credit will NOT be awarded for repeating correspondence / self study courses (unless the course has been revised or updated).

Non-GCSAA education programs (approved by GCSAA)

Points awarded: 0.1 per hour
How to submit: Apply for education points then use education point affidavit to submit with event code


College credit hours - golf course management related classes

Points awarded: 1.5 per semester credit hour
How to submit: Submit transcript


GCSAA Education Conference attendance (full pack registrants only)

Points awarded: 1.5 per year
How to submit: Automatically recorded by GCSAA

Teaching

Teaching seminars – golf course management related

Points awarded: 0.15 per hour or 1.5 per semester hour
Maximum: 2.0; 6.0 max for certification
How to submit: Application for education points and letter from sponsor

Teaching college course – golf course management related

Points awarded: 1.5 per semester credit hour
Maximum: 2.0; 6.0 max for certification
How to submit: Application for education points and letter from sponsor

FIrst aid and CPR

First aid

Points awarded: 0.1 per hour of class (certification or re-certification)
Maximum: 0.7 per cycle
How to submit: Submit first aid affidavit

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Points awarded: 0.1 per hour of class (certification or re-certification)
Maximum: 0.7 per cycle
How to submit: Submit CPR affidavit

CGCS activities

Certification attestor (CGCS only)

Points awarded: 0.5 per visit
How to submit: Recorded by GCSAA

Certification portfolio judging (CGCS only)

Points awarded: 0.5 per portfolio judged
How to submit: Recorded by GCSAA

Other activities

Self Assessment Tool

Points awarded: 0.5 per completed assessment
Maximum: 0.5 per cycle
How to submit: Automatically recorded by GCSAA

GCSAA board strategic planning sessions

Points awarded: 1.0 per hour
How to submit: Recorded by GCSAA

Service points

Board and committee service

GCSAA committee /task group /advisory panel /resource group

Points awarded: 0.5 per year per committee / group / panel
How to submit: Recorded by GCSAA at completion of service


GCSAA Board of Directors service

Points awarded: 1.0 per year
How to submit: Recorded by GCSAA at completion of service


Chapter board service

Points awarded: 0.5 per year
How to submit: Recorded by GCSAA at completion of service

Allied / golf / turf / First Tee board service

Points awarded: 0.5 per year
Maximum: 0.5 per year
How to submit: Submit allied / golf / turf / First Tee board service service point affidavit


Chapter / allied / golf / turf committee member (non BOD)

Points awarded:0.25 per committee
Maximum: 0.5 per year; 1.25 per Class A cycle and 2.5 per CGCS cycle
How to submit:Submit chapter / allied / golf / turf committee member (non BOD) service service point affidavit


Annual Chapter Delegates Meeting attendance

Points awarded: 0.5 per year
How to submit: Recorded by GCSAA

Articles & case studies, speeches & media interviews

Published education articles in trade or chapter publication

Points awarded: 0.25 per article
How to submit: Complete published articles service point affidavit


Published education article in GCM

Points awarded: 0.5 per article in GCM
How to submit: Complete published articles service point affidavit


Approved case study or BMP for EDGE

Points awarded: 0.25
How to submit: Recorded by GCSAA once published

Giving informative speech /speaker at national conference

Points awarded: 0.25 per presentation - per cycle
How to submit: Submit 'speech' service point affidavit


Media interview related to golf course management

Points awarded: 0.25 per interview
How to submit: Submit media interview service point affidavit

Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary programs

Completion of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for GC

Points awarded: 1.0 per initial certification and 0.25 per recertification
Maximum: 1.5 per renewal cycle
How to submit: Complete Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ASCP) for Golf Courses service point affidavit


Individual participation in ACSP for Schools

Points awarded: 0.5 per school
How to submit: Complete ACSP for schools service point affidavit and associated checklist

Completion of Audubon Signature Program

Points awarded: 2.0 initial certification and 0.25 per recertification
Maximum: 3.0 per renewal cycle
How to submit: Complete Audubon Signature Program service point affidavit

Environmental activities

Completion of a state environmental-stewardship program

Points awarded: 0.5 points for initial certification and .25 points for recertification
Maximum: 1.0 per renewal cycle
How to submit: Complete service point affidavit

Participation in environmental advocacy activities

Points awarded: 0.25 per event/activity
How to submit: For service point affidavit, contact R. Scott Woodhead

Sharing your expertise

Technical Assistance Network (TAN) mentor

Points awarded: 0.75 per facility
How to submit: Complete TAN mentor affidavit and associated visit summary worksheet

Provide assistance to another golf facility

Points awarded: 0.25 per event/activity
How to submit: For service point affidavit, contact R. Scott Woodhead

Survey participation

Participation in Superintendent Research Panel

Points awarded: 0.25 points for initial sign-up on panel
Maximum: 0.25
How to submit: Recorded by GCSAA

Completion of a GCSAA 'designated' survey

Points awarded: 0.25 points per each completed survey
How to submit: Recorded by GCSAA at completion of survey

Other activities

Community service (non-paid, voluntary)

Points awarded: 0.1 per 5 hours
Maximum: 1.0 per cycle for Class A and 2.0 per cycle for CGCS
How to submit: Submit community service point affidavit

Chapter meetings without approved education

Points awarded: 0.1 per meeting
How to submit: Complete chapter meeting w/o education service point affidavit


Please note: All education points and service points must be earned within the renewal period to be applicable toward renewal.

For more information

For complete details on requirements for each item, as well as eligibility and renewal information, please see the entire Class A Code of Standards.

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