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. Learn more about Class A membership, including eligibility and renewal requirements.

Certified Golf Course Superintendent

The Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) designation is bestowed upon those who voluntarily meet the 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.

Equipment Management Certificate Program

This three-level program is your path to certification with each level a prerequisite for the next. All programs are open to anyone whose job duties include maintaining turf equipment. Successful completion of a level demonstrates proficiency in the competencies addressed in that level.

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.