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. If you have questions, contact Grace Wyatt, manager, CGCS.

To fulfill the attesting requirement, you must have your golf course operation evaluated by two certified golf course superintendents. 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