Q: How do I let GCSAA know of an upcoming pre-approved program?
Use the offering application to inform GCSAA of an upcoming offering of a pre-approved program. You must have already completed an external education application for this program and have received your assigned program code to complete this form.
Q. Why does GCSAA ask to receive applications at least 30 days in advance of a program?
A. There are two reasons. First, it allows time for additional
communications between GCSAA staff and the provider. There are times when additional
information needs to be requested in order for the application to be approved. These
situations have been figured into the 30-day process.
The second reason surrounds GCSAA's marketing efforts on behalf of the provider.
The external education events are posted in a listing on GCSAA.org. For these marketing
opportunities to help increase attendance, it is important for events to be posted
on the website far enough in advance so that members have the opportunity to see
Q. What is GCSAA's criteria for external education programs?
A. The program must meet the following criteria to earn education
- Be at least one hour in length
- Be non-commercial in nature
- Support the competencies of a golf course superintendent outlined in the Self Assessment
- Have clear and consist learning objectives.
Q. Are chapter meetings eligible for both education points and service points?
A. Chapter meetings are eligible for EITHER education
or service points, but never both. Here's the breakdown:
Members will receive 0.1 education points for each hour of pre-approved education
offered at a chapter meeting. If your chapter meeting has been pre-approved for
education points, your members must submit the event approval code as verification
of their attendance and to validate the established program criteria. To do this,
members must log on to the website after the chapter meeting and complete the affidavit
for education points for pre-approved educational events.
Chapter meetings without pre-approved education are eligible for .10 service point. The meeting must be registered by a chapter representative using GCSAA's Chapter Admin Tool, and a registration code will be issued. Members must submit the registration code using the affidavit for chapter monthly meetings without approved education.
Note: Chapters may automatically record points for their members who attend chapter meetings by using the Chapter Admin Tool. If the chapter takes advantage of this option, members will not need to submit an affidavit for education or service points.
For more information about the descriptions and values of education points and service
points, please reference the GCSAA Class A Code of Standards.