Value of Competency-Based Education for Equipment Managers

GCSAA education is driven by competencies, ensuring that the education addresses real-world needs of turf equipment managers. In 2016, a group of expert-level equipment managers defined the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a baseline-qualified turf equipment technician through a job task analysis. Next, experts defined higher level equipment management competencies, including advanced knowledge of the eight domains of competency in Level 1 and emphasis on the business, communication and leadership skills required of elite turf equipment managers added for Level 2.

For chapters planning equipment management education events, the competencies can serve as a road map for developing relevant education for the EM audience.

Each of the domains contains categories and competencies which make up the body of knowledge for turf equipment managers, highlighting the skills and abilities required. 

  • Best Management Practices
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Cutting Units
  • Drivetrain Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Engine Systems
  • Fundamentals of Turfgrass Operations
  • Hydraulics Systems
  • Metalworking and Fabrication
  • Spray Systems

Learn more about the equipment management competencies.