Assistant Superintendent Certificate Series

The Assistant Superintendent Certificate Series is composed of certificates covering key competency areas of:

  • Agronomy
  • Business
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Environmental Management/Best Management Practices

The certificates are golf-centric, available to GCSAA members and non-members, and can be completed in any order. It is strongly recommended that an assistant superintendent has at least two years of work experience before beginning any of the ASCS certificates. However, the certificates are available to all and not limited to assistants.

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The Principles of Golf Course Agronomy Certificate is earned by completing the Principles of Golf Course Agronomy exam. This is an online, open-book exam and does not require a proctor. Candidates will have three hours to take the exam, which is administered in two sections. A five-minute break will be offered between part 1 and part 2.

Requirements for taking the exam:

You will need a computer with internet access and a printer. If you are using a laptop, you will also need a mouse to effectively use the drag and drop features on the exam.

You will be able to print a Certificate of Completion after successfully passing the exam.

Exam fees

  • GCSAA members: $40
  • Non-members: $60

You will have two attempts with each purchase of the exam.

Refer to the complimentary study guide to help you prepare for the exam.

Access to exam portal

GCSAA members

Non-members

To help you achieve a positive outcome on this exam, GCSAA is hosting a webinar series that will cover the competencies the exam will address. Learn more and enroll today.

The Principles of Golf Course Business Certificate is earned by completing the Principles of Golf Course Business exam. This is an online, open book exam and does not require a proctor. Candidates will have three hours to take the exam, which is administered in two sections. A five-minute break will be offered between part 1 and part 2.

Requirements for taking the exam:

You will need a computer with internet access and a printer. If you are using a laptop, you will also need a mouse to effectively use the drag and drop features on the exam.

You will be able to print a Certificate of Completion after successfully passing the exam.

Exam fees

  • GCSAA members: $40
  • Non-members: $60

You will have two attempts with each purchase of the exam.

Refer to the complimentary study guide to help you prepare for the exam.

Access to exam portal

GCSAA members

Non-members

To earn this certificate, a candidate must watch 14 webinars; 10 are pre-selected required webinars and four are electives that the candidate will choose. For the 10 required webinars, the candidate will need to successfully complete the associated quiz.

In addition to the webinars and quizzes, the candidate will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the competencies addressed by the certificate by completing two of the following ancillary activities:

  • Work with a mentor and document the experience.
  • Write and have published an article for a chapter newsletter or GCM.
  • Volunteer on a GCSAA, chapter or golf organization task group or committee or participate in hosting a GCSAA First Green event at your course.
  • Give a presentation and document the experience.

Certificate fee

The fee to earn this certificate is:

  • GCSAA members: $50
  • Non-members: $75 plus $840 in webinar fees equals $915.

Access to the webinars for no additional charge is part of the GCSAA membership benefits. If you are not a GCSAA member, you will need to pay $60 per webinar in addition to the certificate fee at the time you register for the certificate. Learn more about other membership benefits and how to join.

Register for the certificate and begin.

To earn this certificate, a candidate must watch 10 webinars; eight are pre-selected required webinars and two are electives that the candidate will choose. For the eight required webinars, the candidate will need to successfully complete the associated quiz.

In addition to the webinars and quizzes, the candidate will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the competencies addressed by the certificate by completing one of the following ancillary activities:

  • Successfully complete the GCSAA IPM exam.
  • Participate in your state’s process to develop BMPs.
  • Complete the facility BMP template for your course.

Certificate fee

  • GCSAA members: $50
  • Non-members: $75 certificate fee plus $600 in webinar fees equals $675

Access to the webinars for no additional charge is part of the GCSAA membership benefits. If you are not a GCSAA member, you will need to pay $60 per webinar in addition to the certificate fee at the time you register for the certificate. Learn more about other membership benefits and how to join.

Register for the certificate and begin.

GCSAA has partnered with Koch Turf & Ornamental to bring a special rebate program to the first 150 participants to complete all four certificates.

  • The first 50 participants will receive a $100 GCSAA gift certificate
  • The next 100 participants will receive a $50 GCSAA gift certificate

This rebate expires with the first 150 participants or on Dec. 31, 2019.

GCSAA and Koch Turf & Ornamental congratulate the following members who completed a certificate in the third quarter of 2019:

  • Aaron Cabanaw
  • Anthony Minniti
  • Bailey Myers
  • Chris Massey
  • Daniel Palin
  • Derek Mohler
  • Derek Price
  • Eric Amend
  • Evan Embrey
  • Nick Eberhardt
  • Nick McLennan
  • Nick Sujkowski
  • Raul Iurk
  • Robert Harper
  • Tyler Robb
  • William Welch
  • Zachary Foltz