Class A and CGCS Definitions
Class A superintendent
The Class A member is a golf industry professional who has been a practicing superintendent for three or more years and possesses a threshold of knowledge, skills and abilities through a combination of education, experience, professional development and environmental stewardship. Class A members must continue to fulfill on-going renewal requirements every five years to remain abreast of industry best practices and maintain their Class A status.
Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS)
Certified golf course superintendents must meet all the requirements of a Class A member, plus additional requirements to include an exam, golf course attesting, additional continuing education hours and more. The CGCS must continue to fulfill on-going renewal requirements every five years to remain abreast of industry best practices. The CGCS designation is the most widely recognized in the golf industry and the highest recognition that can be achieved by golf course superintendents.