Step 3: Course attesting
New attesting procedures are being developed to demonstrate competencies previously tested by the portfolio. Applicants to the new modernized CGCS program will need to be attested in this new process. The attesting evaluation is conducted during your course’s growing season. The new attesting procedures will be finalized by the time most of the country returns to their growing season in spring 2022. If you have questions, contact Shelia Finney, senior director, member programs.
Below are the attesting procedures for those individuals who successfully complete the portfolio and old exam, under the previous guidelines.
To fulfill the attesting requirement, you must have your golf course operation evaluated
by two certified golf course superintendents appointed by your chapter. This evaluation
is conducted during your course's growing season and covers four major divisions:
Course conditions: This area includes putting greens, golf course
tees, fairways, roughs, bunkers, car or cart paths, ponds and waterways, driving
range and general grounds.
Maintenance facility: This section covers office areas, shop area,
pesticide storage area, equipment storage area, fuel storage area, equipment wash
area, safety equipment and employee areas.
Record-keeping: In this section, the attestors will review your
financial records, employee records, chemical applications, employee training, storage
tanks and wildlife inventory.
Communication skills: This section will cover professionalism,
management skill statements and communication with management, members/players,
staff and the community.
Prior to the evaluation of your course, you'll be requested to submit a report to
the attestors. GCSAA will provide the format of the report, which will ask you to
include the following information:
- Demographic information
- Your involvement in GCSAA
- Course characteristics, such as budget, annual rounds, number of employees and length
of growing season.
- Your résumé
Attestor Guidelines Booklet
Report to Attestors