Turf Equipment Technician Certificate Program

Training and skills recognition for equipment managers and technicians

The Turf Equipment Technician Certificate Program 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.

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.

Details

  • 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)

Pricing

  • 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

GCSAA members »
Non-members »

Each exam has study resources available in two different formats. You can choose which format works best for you. These resources are not required reading and should not be interpreted as the sole resource for preparing for an exam.

Available here are study guides that include the competencies, testing objectives and some sample questions. A few also include identified resources that address the testing objectives. The study guides will be updated as additional resources are identified. If you find a resource that you believe should be included in the study guide, contact Diana Kern at TETcertificates@gcsaa.org.

You are encouraged to use the testing objectives provided in the study guide to find your own resources, in whatever medium works for you, to study and learn that objective; thus developing your own personal resource list and study plan based on your individual needs and knowledge.

Drivetrain Systems Exam Study Guide
Electrical Systems Exam Study Guide
Engine Technology Exam Study Guide
Fundamentals of Turfgrass Operations Exam Study Guide
Hydraulics Systems Exam Study Guide
Metalworking & Fabrication Exam Study Guide
Cutting Units Exam Study Guide
Spray Systems Exam Study Guide

We also have study manuals available for purchase. These manuals include the competencies, testing objectives and sample questions, as well as instructional materials on the topic. These instructional materials, while extensive, might not address every testing objective and are not meant to be the sole resource for the exam. 

Learn more and purchase study manuals

It is not necessary to purchase a study manual to take an exam. If you believe you possess the expertise in a competency area to pass without the study manual, you can take the exam.

You must have a proctor for each exam.  You can choose from one of these options:

  • You can have a golf course superintendent, school personnel, a member of the clergy, librarian or other such third party proctor your exam. To do this, the facility must have a computer with internet access and a printer. If your superintendent or other designated official has not proctored a GCSAA Turf Equipment Technician Certificate exam before, he or she will need to contact Diana Kern at (800) 472-7878, ext. 3600, to set up a proctor username and password.
  • You can travel to one of the pre-authorized proctor locations listed below. When you are signing up and selecting your username and password, you also will be asked to select your proctor.

Contact information for proctors

State/Region Company Address City, State Zip Phone Contact
Alabama Jerry Pate Turf 301 Schubert Drive Pensacola, FL 32504 850-479-4653 Contact: Allen Jones
American Samoa Ness Turf 91-220 Kalaeloa Blvd. Kapolei, HI 96707 877-683-1032 Contact: Leonard Smith
Arizona Simpson Norton Corp. 4144 S Bullard Ave. Goodyear, AZ 85381 623-932-5116 Contact: Mike Swichtenberg
Arkansas Jerry Pate Turf and Irrigation 3850 Old Getwell Road Memphis, TN 38118 901-795-2126 Contact: Michael Mabe
Arkansas Professional Turf Products 1010 N. Industrial Blvd. Euless, TX 76039 817-785-1900, ext. 5127 Contact: David Shirk
California Ness Turf 91-220 Kalaeloa Blvd. Kapolei, HI 96707 877-683-1032 Contact: Leonard Smith
California Turf Star

714-256-5215 Contact: John-Paul Brinkman
Colorado L.L. Johnson 4700 Holly St. Denver, CO 80216 303-320-1270 Contact: John Bertsch
Colorado Simpson Norton Corp. 4144 S. Bullard Ave. Goodyear, AZ 85381 623-932-5116 Contact: Mike Swichtenberg
Connecticut Turf Products 39 Weymouth St. Saco, ME 04072 207-282-2105 Contact: David LaBrecque
Delaware Turf Equipment and Supply 8015 Dorsey Run Road Jessup, MD 20794 410-799-3977 Contact: German Flores or Dave Tolley
Florida Show Turf 1365 Neptune Drive Boynton Beach, FL 33426 561-732-8949 Contact: Dave Anderson
Florida Jerry Pate Turf 301 Schubert Drive Pensacola, FL 32504 850-479-4653 Contact: Allen Jones
Florida Hector Turf 1301 NW Third Street Deerefield Beach, FL 33442 954-429-3200 Contact: Steve Weber
Florida Wesco Turf 300 Technology Park Deltona, FL 32746 321-228-3387 Contact: Gary Ribble
Florida FMIT 3800 Mich Ave. Ft. Myers, FL 33916 239-334-4544, ext. 338 Contact: Walter McGee
Georgia Jerry Pate Turf 5350 Tulane Drive Atlanta, GA 30336 404-664-4387 Contact: Bruce Dowling
Georgia Jerry Pate Turf 301 Schubert Drive Pensacola, FL 32504 850-479-4653 Contact: Allen Jones
Guam Ness Turf 91-220 Kalaeloa Blvd. Kapolei, HI 96707 877-683-1032 Contact: Leonard Smith
Hawaii Hawthorne Cat 94-025 Farington Highway Wiapahu, HI 808-676-0306 Contact: Randy Arita
Hawaii Ness Turf 91-220 Kalaeloa Blvd. Kapolei, HI 96707 877-683-1032 Contact: Leonard Smith
Idaho Western Equipment 20224 80th Ave. South Kent, WA 98032 253-872-8858, ext. 237 Contact: Scott McDonald
Idaho Turf Equipment and Irrigation 1630 South Gladiola Street Salt Lake City, UT 84104 801-566-3256 Contact: Kay Gray
Illinois Reinders Inc. 3816 Carnations Street Frankline Park, IL 60131 866-655-8335 Contact: Jeff Cholewa
Indiana Century Equipment 26565 Miles Road Warrensville Heights, OH 44128 800-522-8676 Contact: Al Kaserman
Iowa MTI Distributing 3841 SE Capital Circle Grimes, IA 50111 515-661-6800 Contact: Greg Overton
Kansas GCSAA 1421 Research Park Drive Lawrence, KS 66049 800-472-7878 Contact: Diana Kern
Kansas Professional Turf Products 1010 N. Industrial Blvd. Euless, TX 76039 817-785-1900, ext. 5127 Contact: David Shirk
Kentucky Century Equipment 26565 Miles Road Warrensville Heights, OH 44128 800-522-8676 Contact: Al Kaserman
Louisiana Jerry Pate Turf 301 Schubert Drive Pensacola, FL 32504 850-479-4653 Contact: Allen Jones
Louisiana Professional Turf Products 1010 N. Industrial Blvd. Euless, TX 76039 817-785-1900, ext. 5127 Contact: David Shirk
Maine Turf Products 39 Weymouth St. Saco, ME 04072 207-282-2105 Contact: David LaBrecque
Maryland Montgomery County Golf 614 Firestone Dr Silver Spring, MD 20905 240-529-9885 Contact: Tony Lewis
Maryland Turf Equipment and Supply 8015 Dorsey Run Road Jessup, MD 20794 410-799-5575 Contact: Chris Turner
Massachusetts Turf Products 39 Weymouth St. Saco, ME 04072 207-282-2105 Contact: David LaBrecque
Michigan Century Equipment 26565 Miles Road Warrensville Heights, OH 44128 800-522-8676 Contact: Al Kaserman
Minnesota The Toro Co. 8111 Lyndale Ave. South Bloomington, MN 952-887-8929 Contact: Carl Osterhaus
Minnesota MTI Distributing 4830 Azelia Ave. North, Suite 100 Brooklyn Center, MN 763-592-5602 Contact: Jim King
Mississippi Jerry Pate Turf and Irrigation 3850 Old Getwell Road Memphis, TN 38118 901-795-2126 Contact: Michael Mabe
Missouri MTI Distributing 8901 Springdale Ave. Berkeley, MO 63134 314-506-4124 Contact: Martin Rawe
Missouri Professional Turf Products 1010 N. Industrial Blvd. Euless, TX 76039 817-785-1900, ext. 5127 Contact: David Shirk
Montana Midland Implement 402 Daniels Street Billings, MT 59107 406-248-7771 Contact: Doug Leischner
Nebraska L.L. Johnson 4700 Holly St. Denver, CO 80216 303-320-1270 Contact: John Bertsch
Nevada Simpson Norton Corp. 4144 S. Bullard Ave. Goodyear, AZ 85381 623-932-5116 Contact: Mike Swichtenberg
New Hampshire Turf Products 39 Weymouth St. Saco, ME 04072 207-282-2105 Contact: David LaBrecque
New Jersey Turf Equipment and Supply 8015 Dorsey Run Road Jessup, MD 20794 410-799-3977 Contact: German Flores or Dave Tolley
New Jersey Storr Tractor Co. 3190 U.S Highway 22 Branchburg, NJ 08876 908-722-9830 Contact: Thomas Fandel
New Mexico Simpson Norton Corp. 4144 S. Bullard Ave. Goodyear, AZ 85381 623-932-5116 Contact: Mike Swichtenberg
New York Turf Products 39 Weymouth St. Saco, ME 04072 207-282-2105 Contact: David LaBrecque
New York Grassland Equipment 892-898 Troy Schenectady Road Latham, NY 12110 518-785-5841, ext. 127 Contact: Jack Wands
New York Storr Tractor Co. 3190 U.S Highway 22 Branchburg, NJ 08876 908-722-9830 Contact: Thomas Fandel
North Carolina Jacobsen Headquarters 11108 Quality Drive Charlotte, NC 704-583-5192
North Dakota MTI Distributing 4830 Azelia Ave. North, Suite 100 Brooklyn Center, MN 763-592-5602 Contact: Jim King
Ohio Century Equipment 26565 Miles Road Warrensville Heights, OH 44128 800-522-8676 Contact: Al Kaserman
Oklahoma Professional Turf Products 1010 N. Industrial Blvd. Euless, TX 76039 817-785-1900, ext. 5127 Contact: David Shirk
Oregon Western Equipment Distributors 19635 SW 129th Ave. Tualatin, OR 97062 503-691-0250, ext. 271 Contact: Scott McDonald
Pennsylvania Turf Equipment and Supply 8015 Dorsey Run Road Jessup, MD 20794 410-799-3977 Contact: German Flores or Dave Tolley
Rhode Island Turf Products 39 Weymouth St. Saco, ME 04072 207-282-2105 Contact: David LaBrecque
South Carolina TSP Pumps 1162 Chastain Road Liberty, SC 29671 704-472-2426 Contact: Bill Ledford
South Dakota Greenline Equipment P.O. Box 50690 Casper, WY 82605 307-247-0573 Contact: Aaron Morrison
Tennessee Jerry Pate Turf and Irrigation 3850 Old Getwell Road Memphis, TN 38118 901-795-2126 Contact: Michael Mabe
Texas Professional Turf Products 1010 N. Industrial Blvd. Euless, TX 76039 817-785-1900, ext. 5127 Contact: David Shirk
Texas Simpson Norton Corp. 4144 S Bullard Ave. Goodyear, AZ 85381 623-932-5116 Contact: Mike Switchenberg
Utah Turf Equipment and Irrigation 1630 South Gladiola Street Salt Lake City, UT 84104 801-566-3256 Contact: Kay Gray
Vermont Grassland Equipment 892-898 Troy Schenectady Road Latham, NY 12110 518-785-5841, ext. 127 Contact: Jack Wands
Virginia Turf Equipment and Supply 8015 Dorsey Run Road Jessup, MD 20794 410-799-3977 Contact: German Flores or Dave Tolley
Washington Western Equipment 20224 80th Ave. South Kent, WA 98032 253-872-8858, ext. 237 Contact: Scott McDonald
West Virgina Century Equipment 26565 Miles Road Warrensville Heights, OH 44128 800-522-8676 Contact: Al Kaserman
Wisconsin MTI Distributing 4830 Azelia Ave. North, Suite 100 Brooklyn Center, MN 763-592-5602 Contact: Jim King
Wyoming L.L. Johnson 4700 Holly St. Denver, CO 80216 303-320-1270 Contact: John Bertsch
Wyoming Turf Equipment and Irrigation 1630 South Gladiola Street Salt Lake City, UT 84104 801-566-3256 Contact: Kay Gray
Australia The Toro Co. 53 Howards Road Beverley, Australia 5009 08 83003724 Contact: Simon Jones
Australia The Toro Co. 217 Maroondah Highway Chirnside Park, Victoria +61 417 860 695 Contact: Garry Price
Australia Jacobsen 16 Wimbly Court The Basin, Melbourne 61488193607 Contact: Ray Grech
Ireland Reel Tech 11 Oakridge Crescent Dunboyne, Ireland 353-876388955 Contact: Barry Drennan
Singapore Jacobsen 25 Goldhill Rise Singapore 308874 +65 96168562 (mobile)
+65 62523438 (office)
Contact: Glenn Wright
South Africa Smith Turf Equipment 2 Lascelles Road Meadowbrook Edenvale, South Africa +27 11 284 2032
United Kingdom Bernhard and Co.
Rugby, UK 888-474 - 6348 Contact: Peter Wood
United Kingdom BIGGA BIGGA House Aldwark, Alne
York, UK Y061 1UF
+44 1347 833800 Contact: Sami Collins
United Kingdom The Toro Co. Toro Spellbrook Bishop Stortford
Hertfordshire, UK CM23 4BU
+44 (0) 7769587039 Contact: Ian Sumpter

RR-100GCSAA has partnered with R&R Products to bring a special rebate program to GCSAA members. Current EM members who pass one exam will receive a $95 rebate from R&R Products to be used towards your next R&R Products purchase.

This program expires on Dec. 31, 2017, so take advantage of this opportunity today!

Congratulations to the most recent members who have completed the Turf Equipment Technician Certificate Program:

  • Cory Phillips, equipment manager at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga.
  • Trent Manning, equipment manager at Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga.

"I'm thankful that GCSAA is investing resources in the professional development of equipment managers. The TETCP is a vital part of equipment managers' professional development. All the questions on the exams are direct from our industry and create a true test of your knowledge." – Trent Manning

The following members have also completed the program in 2017:

  • Robert Aisenbrey, equipment manager at The Briarwood Country Club in Billings, Mont.
  • Alex Eakes, equipment manager at Willowbend Golf Club in Wichita, Kan.
  • Anthony Lewis, equipment program director at Hampshire Greens Golf Course in Silver Spring, Md.
  • Frank McQuiggan, equipment manager at Makefield Highlands Golf Club in Yardley, Pa.