Demonstrate your command of golf course management principles
The certification portfolio demonstrates your understanding and application of the management principles needed to run a successful golf course operation.
The content includes three parts:
These elements test your knowledge and skills in problem-solving techniques and allow you to review the management principles, processes and tools you use at your facility. You can begin working on building a certification portfolio at any time during your career, even as an assistant superintendent.
Building your portfolio
You have two options for putting together your portfolio: Create an electronic version, or submit a paper-based version by assembling your materials into three-ring binders. The Word document templates found below are designed to guide you through the creation of the portfolio, regardless of the method you choose.
OneFile, an Internet-based assessment tool, hosts an electronic version of the GCSAA certification portfolio. To access the online version, a $65 license fee must be assessed to you. Upon receipt of payment, GCSAA will create your user account, while OneFile notifies you of your user ID# and password to access the site. With the electronic portfolio, you can type in your responses to the work samples, skill statements and case studies directly. Or, as an easier option, you can respond with the Word document templates found below, and then copy and paste your responses from the templates, or simply upload the completed templates into OneFile. Your portfolio will be accessible for five years from the last time you opened it.
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You may also choose to assemble a paper-based portfolio that will be submitted in three-ring binders. Although this is an option, you are encouraged to use the electronic version because it will create savings in costs and time, and you'll avoid the dreaded 4Ps – paper, printing, postage and processing. Upon completion of all 33 items, you'll copy and assemble all documents into three-ring binders. Two copies must be submitted with the certification application and fee when you apply to the certification program.
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The Word document templates found below are designed to guide you through the creation of your portfolio. You simply download each template to your own PC, type in your responses where indicated and save. Each template allows you to type in as much text as needed.
Work samples provide evidence of the tools and documents that superintendents use to manage human resources. Each of the required 10 work samples represents an activity or management tool that every certified superintendent should have and use.
Below are the work sample templates for creating your certification portfolio. Please use them if you are submitting a paper-based version; they are optional if you are using the e-portfolio method.
Skill statements are indicators of knowledge or abilities that all certified superintendents should possess, regardless of whether they need them in their current positions. A total of 15 skill statements are required.
Below are the skill statement templates for creating your certification portfolio. Please use them if you are submitting a paper-based version; they are optional if you are using the e-portfolio method.
A case study consists of a fictional superintendent on a golf course and a number of “scenarios” or circumstances that could potentially occur on the course. You will be asked to respond to eight different scenarios that cover a range of human relations issues. You should assume that you are the superintendent in the story and apply your best management and problem-solving skills to describe an appropriate course of action.
Below is the case study template. Please use it if you are submitting a paper-based version; it is optional if you are using the e-portfolio method. When creating a paper-based portfolio, the eight scenarios will be sent to you upon request of paper-based instructions.
Case study template
Evaluation of your portfolio
Each portfolio is evaluated by members of the Certification Portfolio Review Team. If you used the e-portfolio, it will be accessed by GCSAA for grading at the time you apply to the program, while the paper-based version will be sent by mail to the review team. For consistency in grading, an established rubric is used during the evaluation process.
Writing skills rubric
Before submission, consider these hints for a polished portfolio:
- Be very thorough in all of your responses.
- Consider using tabs for each section of the paper-based portfolio.
- Realize that certified superintendents are expected to produce high-quality work. Excessive misspelled words and misuse of grammar and punctuation are not acceptable.
- Always proofread and have someone carefully review your work.