Certification & Exams

GCSAA offers professional certification programs that enable golf course superintendents and golf course equipment technicians to be recognized at the highest level of their professions.

Certified Golf Course Superintendent

The Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) designation 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 recognition that can be achieved by golf course superintendents.

Assistant Superintendent Certificate Series

The Assistant Superintendent Certificate Series is open to GCSAA members and non-members. The certificates are golf-centric and cover four key competency areas.

Turf Equipment Management Program

The Turf Equipment Technician Certificate Program is open to anyone whose job duties include maintaining golf course equipment. Proficiency is tested in eight key areas related to equipment management. This three-level program will lead you on a path to certification.

Integrated Pest Management Exam

The IPM exam fulfills a Class A and certification requirement, and covers the basic principles of safe pesticide storage, disposal and application.