EMCP Level 1

Training and skills recognition for equipment managers and technicians

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and, in order, to remove a possible point of physical contact, GCSAA has temporarily removed the proctor requirement when taking any of the EMCP exams. During this time, you will be able to log into the testing platform and take exams without a proctor present. However, the exams are still timed, and the expectation is that exam candidates will not use outside resources to answer questions. After the pandemic has ended, the proctor requirement will be implemented again.

Equipment Management Certificate Program Level 1 is a series of exams designed to demonstrate proficiency in key competency areas related to turf equipment. This certificate program is available to any and all turf equipment technicians regardless of whether you work for a golf course.

The program is made up of eight exams covering the key competency areas of:

  • cutting units
  • drivetrain systems
  • electrical systems
  • engine technology
  • hydraulic systems
  • metalworking and fabrication
  • spray systems
  • fundamentals of turfgrass operations

You can choose to take one exam or work to complete the entire program by successfully completing all eight exams in any order.

Become a GCSAA member to save on EMCP

GCSAA members can save up to $200 over the non-member price when they complete all eight exams, which more than pays for the $95 annual membership dues for an equipment manager. But EMCP savings is just one of the many ways you can grow your career by becoming a GCSAA Equipment Manager member. Learn more about free education, career resources, professional connections and exclusive benefits like healthcare insurance access that come with being a GCSAA member.


All exams are closed book and taken online. You will need a computer with internet access and a printer to take an exam. You must also have a proctor for each exam. Visit the proctor section to learn more.


  • cutting units: 47 questions (90 minutes)
  • drivetrain systems: 30 questions (60 minutes)
  • electrical systems: 30 questions (60 minutes)
  • engine technology: 60 questions (120 minutes)
  • hydraulic systems: 30 questions (60 minutes)
  • metalworking and fabrication: 30 questions (60 minutes)
  • spray systems: 30 questions (60 minutes)
  • fundamentals of turfgrass operations: 30 questions (60 minutes)


  • GCSAA member = $40 per exam
  • Non-members of GCSAA = $60 per exam

With each purchase of the exam, you will have two attempts to successfully pass that exam. If you have not passed after these two attempts, you will need to purchase the exam again. 

After successfully passing an exam, you will be able to print a certificate of achievement. 

Access the exam portal

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Each exam has study materials available in a printed or electronic format. You can choose which format works best for you. The study guides include instructional materials, competencies, testing objectives and sample questions. While the study guides are useful resources in preparing to take the exams, they are not required reading and should not be interpreted as the sole resource for preparing for the exams. (If you purchased a EMCP study guide in the last year, there is no need to purchase a new EMCP study guide.)

Purchase study guides.

You’ve heard about the eight exams that make up Level 1 of the EMCP, but did you know GCSAA now has courses to help you have a positive result when you take the tests? Seminars held at GIS were recorded, edited and are now available On Demand in the Learning Hub.

Following are sample clips to give you an idea of what the full recordings are like:

Electrical and DriveTrain sample

Sprayer and Metalwork sample

These and other EMCP prep courses are available as a free member benefit. Check out this category of On Demands in the catalog.

All exams within EMCP Level 1 must be proctored. You will select your proctor. The proctor must be onsite when you take an exam. You can choose from one of these options:

  • Golf course superintendent
  • Golf course administrative personnel
  • Human resources professional
  • Local distributor
  • School personnel
  • Clergy
  • Librarian

If you have someone else in mind to be your proctor, contact Diana Kern at 800-472-7878, ext. 3600, to discuss the option.

Once you have identified your proctor, that individual must contact Kern to set up a proctor username and password.

Congratulations to the following members who completed EMCP Level 1:


  • Orlando Acevedo III, equipment manager at Estuary Course at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples, Fla.
  • Brandon Ahola, equipment manager at Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash.
  • Anthony Bevolo, equipment manager at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas
  • Cody Burnsed, equipment manager in Montezuma, N.C.
  • Taylor Cairns, equipment manager at The Rock Golf Club in Minett, Ont., Canada
  • Francisco Castro, Jr., equipment manager at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif.
  • James Davis, equipment manager at Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club in Tampa, Fla.
  • Glenford Downey, equipment manager at Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
  • Mike Gray, equipment manager at U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Cuan Hendricken, equipment manager at Needwood Golf Course in Derwood, Md.
  • Kevin Hennigar, equipment manager at Goodwood Golf Club in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
  • Brett Klahr, CGCS, superintendent at Maroon Creek Club in Aspen, Colo.
  • Robert Martyszczyk, equipment manager at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.
  • Josefth Moreira, equipment manager at Lake Toxaway Country Club in Lake Toxaway, N.C.
  • David Murray, equipment manager at Sylvan Glen Golf Course in Troy, Mich.
  • Francis Paquette, equipment manager at Derrick Golf and Winter Club in Edmonton, Alta., Canada
  • Shane Pokorney, equipment manager at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kan.
  • Matt Radatz, equipment manager at Hawks Landing Golf Club in Verona, Wis.
  • Steve Rempel, equipment manager at Windermere Golf and Country Club in Edmonton, Alta., Canada
  • Chris Richardson, equipment manager at Skaneateles Country Club in Skaneateles, N.Y.
  • Thomas Richey, equipment manager at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa.
  • Jon Rybicki, equipment manager at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.
  • Jason Sargent, equipment manager at Abenaqui Country Club in Rye Beach, N.H.
  • Andrew Smith, equipment manager at Edina Country Club in Edina, Minn.
  • Jason Vail, equipment manager at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.


  • Michael Anderson, equipment manager at Washington County Golf Course in Hartford, Wis.
  • Kenneth Bailey, Jr., equipment manager at Carolinas Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C.
  • John Borsos, mechanic at South Park Golf Course in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Stephen Brown, equipment manager at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.
  • Eric Dickerson, equipment manager at Great Waters Course at Reynolds Plantation in Eatonton, Ga.
  • Scott Fowler, equipment manager at Hampshire Green Golf Course in Ashton, Md.
  • Mike Gruber, equipment manager at Running Y Resort in Klamath Falls, Ore.
  • Karl Harris, equipment manager at Country Club of Decatur in Decatur, Ill.
  • Henry Heinz, equipment manager at Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples, Fla.
  • Iain Johnstone, equipment manager at Donalda Club in Don Mills, Ontario, Canada
  • Austin Lavoie, equipment manager at Red Run Golf Course in Royal Oak, Mich.
  • David Marabella, equipment manager at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas
  • Clinton McKee, equipment manager at Big Cedar Lodge in Hollister, Mo.
  • Justin Prescott, equipment manager at Kenosha Country Club in Kenosha, Wis.
  • Bob Pruneau, equipment manager at The Links at Brunello in Timberlea, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Andrew Samms, equipment manager at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla.
  • Zachary Shenk, equipment manager at Stonebridge Country Club in Naples, Fla.
  • Alec Welch, equipment manager at Essex Country Club in Manchester, Mass.
  • Christopher Whittaker, equipment manager at The Winston Golf Club in Calgary, Canada
  • JR Wilson, equipment manager at Noyac Golf Club in Sag Harbor, N.Y.


  • Orlando Acevedo, equipment manager at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla.
  • Brian Bressler, equipment manager at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill.
  • Kevin Bauer, equipment manager at PineHills Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass.
  • William Claytor, equipment manager at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio
  • Wesley Danielewicz, equipment manager at Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook, Ill.
  • David Field, equipment manager at Water's Edge Golf Club in Worth, Ill.
  • Jason Fontana, equipment manager at Grand Canyon University Golf Course in Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Douglas Johnstone, superintendent at Silver Lake Golf Course in Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Richard Koen, equipment manager at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Dave Loughrey, equipment manager at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, Md.
  • Kenneth Meals, equipment manager at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.
  • Luke Montoya,equipment manager at Aurora Hills Golf Course in Aurora, Colo.
  • Gregory Neill, equipment manager at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club in Irving, Texas
  • Jason Skaggs, equipment manager at Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club in St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Brandon Smith, equipment manager at Saddle Rock Golf Course in Centennial, Colo.
  • Kyle Strojny, equipment manager at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Ill.
  • Gregory Tyler, equipment manager at Harmony Club Golf Course in Timnath, Colo.
  • Austin Wright, equipment manager at Sand Valley Golf Resort in Nekoosa, Wis.


  • Gary Bogdanski, equipment manager at The Sharon Golf Club in Sharon Center, Ohio.
  • Micheal Kay, equipment manager at Torreon Golf Club in Show Low, Ariz.
  • Matt McClanahan, equipment manager at Old Hickory Country Club in Mount Juliet, Tenn.


  • Robert Aisenbrey, equipment manager at Eagle Vail Golf Course in Avon, Colo.
  • Christopher Brocious, equipment technician at Westfield Group Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio.
  • Eric Duncanson, equipment manager at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.
  • Alex Eakes, equipment manager at Willowbend Golf Club in Wichita, Kan.
  • Zachary Hill, equipment manager at Little Bennett Golf Course in Damascus, Md.
  • Anthony Lewis, equipment program director at Hampshire Greens Golf Course in Silver Spring, Md.
  • Trent Manning, equipment manager at Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga.
  • Frank McQuiggan, equipment manager at Makefield Highlands Golf Club in Yardley, Pa.
  • Jeremy Meadows, equipment technician at Westfield Group Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio.
  • Cory Phillips, equipment manager at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Ben Webster, equipment manager at Laytonsville Golf Course in Gaithersburg, Md.