Certification & Exams

GCSAA provides well-defined career paths for those seeking to be recognized at the highest level of their profession. Whether you are a superintendent, assistant, or equipment manager GCSAA has certificate and certification programs designed for you. These programs have been developed by members, academia and industry with guidance from professional psychometricians. Start your journey today.

Certified Golf Course Superintendent

Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) is the highest recognition that can be achieved by golf course superintendents.

Certified Turf Equipment Manager

The Certified Turf Equipment Manager (CTEM) designation is the highest recognition that can be achieved by turf equipment management professionals.

Assistant Superintendent Certificate Series (ASCS)

Whether you desire to elevate your career path as an assistant superintendent, aspire to become a superintendent or both, begin your journey with ASCS. You not only demonstrate your knowledge as an assistant, but you get a head start on the pinnacle of the profession, Certified Golf Course Superintendent.

Equipment Management Certificate Program (EMCP)

This multi-level program elevates your career path toward becoming a Certified Turf Equipment Manager (CTEM), with each level a prerequisite for the next. The EMCP is open to anyone whose job duties include maintaining turf equipment.

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.