The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s (GCSAA) certification program has been recognized by the National Certification Commission (NCC) as “one of the most extensive and comprehensive certification programs for any profession.” The NCC is an independent source of information on the development and improvement of certification programs, and serves more than 150 associations and 300 certification categories.
The CGCS designation is the most widely recognized in the golf industry and the highest level of recognition that can be achieved. Approximately 25% of GCSAA Class A members are certified golf course superintendents.
To qualify for GCSAA’s competency-based certification program, a candidate must have at least three years experience as a golf course superintendent, be employed in that capacity and meet specific post-secondary educational requirements and/or continuing education points. The candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities are validated through the development of a portfolio consisting of their responses to skill statements, case-study scenarios and submission of work samples; an on-site inspection of their golf facility; and a rigorous six-hour examination covering: equipment, irrigation systems, materials and technology; golf course and grounds; human resources, rules of golf, financial and administrative systems, regulatory and programmatic systems, crisis management, project management and ethics and values.
Maintaining certified status requires renewal every five years after the initial date of certification. To fulfill certification renewal requirements, a candidate must participate in 150 hours of continuing education and professional development.
From: WorldGolf News for Thursday, December 1, 2005