How Rutgers Can Help You Become a
GCSAA Class A Member or CGCS

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The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) offers the most widely recognized professional designations in the golf industry to acknowledge superintendents for their high level of achievement.

Earning the status of GCSAA Class A Member or Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) involves a combination of formal education, work experience, and continuing education. Students who complete the Two-Year Certificate Program at Rutgers are awarded 9 of the 20 points required for these professional designations. View the GCSAA sliding scale of eligibility for details.

What is a GCSAA Class A Member?

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Earning the designation of Class A member demonstrates a golf course superintendent's personal commitment to lifelong learning, environmental stewardship, and elevating the golf course management profession. It documents and validates a superintendent's achievements and competencies to current and potential future employers.

This designation is awarded to GCSAA members who achieve a combination of formal education, work experience as a golf course superintendent, continuing education, and possession of a valid pesticide license or passing the GCSAA IPM Exam. To maintain Class A status, continuing education and service requirements must be met. Class A membership is just one of the qualifications needed to earn the GCSAA's highest designation of Certified Golf Course Superintendent.

Visit the GCSAA website for complete Class A eligibility guidelines.

What is a Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS)?

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The CGCS designation is the most widely recognized designation in the golf industry and the highest level of recognition that can be achieved for golf course superintendents. Approximately 25% of GCSAA Class A members are certified golf course superintendents. Superintendents must meet stringent requirements in order to earn this certification. The first step in determining eligibility for becoming a CGCS is meeting the point requirements based on level of education achieved and golf course superintendent experience. Successful completion of a self-assessment, certification portfolio, certification exam, and attesting of your golf facility are also required.

Visit the GCSAA website for complete CGCS eligibility guidelines.

Rutgers Can Help Prepare You for a Successful Turf Management Career

If your career objectives include becoming a Class A member or CGCS, the skills, knowledge, and formal education points you'll gain at Rutgers will put you well on your way to accomplishing your goals. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about our programs. We're happy to help!

Laura Boyd