Certification Eligibility

First steps in the process

Whether you’re a long-time golf course superintendent or a rising star in the field, your level of education and experience must match our point requirements to make you eligible for certification. There are other criteria, too, so if this is unfamiliar turf, GCSAA guides you every step of the way.

Certification is a three-part process that involves 1) determining your eligibility, 2) submitting the proper documentation and 3) planning for a lengthier yearlong application process done during the growing season. Details follow.

GCSAA Point Requirements

Joining the certification program is within reach of those who meet specific levels of education and experience – and GCSAA has it down to a science, measuring both with points ascribed to your credentials.

Class A sliding scale for eligibility

Additional Eligibility Requirements

Just as a golf score isn’t the total measure of an athlete, points aren’t everything. GCSAA looks at four other key factors to make sure you measure up.

Besides earning the required points, qualifying for certification means you must:

  • Be currently working as a superintendent
  • Hold a valid pesticide applicator's license, or have passed the GCSAA IPM exam

Also, you must complete two other means of evaluation:

  • An online self-assessment (done with our online tool)
  • A certification portfolio

How to Get Started

Launch the certification process by completing the Certification Eligibility Worksheet

Once you’ve documented how you meet our established requirements, you’ll receive a formal application. Submit the form, the application fee of $290 and your portfolio, and you're on your way.

Your Application is Approved

Of course, this is just the beginning.

Once your application and fee of $290 have been received and your application approved, you will have up to a year to complete the remainder of the certification process, including a written exam, the attesting of your golf facility and a portfolio. The exam and attesting can be completed in any order within the year.

However, planning ahead is essential – here’s why:

  • The attesting of your course must be conducted during the growing season.
  • A 60-day waiting period is required between exam retakes. If a re-exam is necessary (you are allowed two), you must have ample time remaining in your applicant period for completion.
  • Any additional information and/or materials needed for your portfolio must be returned for regrading during your applicant period. You may resubmit your portfolio up to three times.

Start your certification process today or contact Stephanie Confer, GCSAA manager, certification, if you have any questions.