TETCP Level 1

Training and skills recognition for equipment managers and technicians

"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, Ansley Golf Club

TETCP 2018Turf Equipment Technician 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.

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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Non-members »


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.

Purchase study guides.

You’ve heard about the eight exams that make up Level 1 of the TETCP, 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 TETCP prep courses are available as a free member benefit. Check out this category of On Demands in the catalog.

All exams within TETCP 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.

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, 2019, so take advantage of this opportunity today!

Congratulations to the following members who completed TETCP Level 1:


  • 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.