The certification process begins with meeting the eligibility requirements, grandfathered or non-grandfathered to apply, which are based on your level of post secondary education. This defines the number of years of experience and continuing education required of you before becoming an applicant in the program.
When you meet the requirements to apply to the program, you will request the educational requirement worksheet and if you haven’t already done so, have an official copy of your college transcript sent to us. Upon verification of eligibility, GCSAA will send you the certification application form to complete and submit with the $200 member application fee and your portfolio. Upon approval of your application, you will have one year to successfully complete the examination and the attesting of your golf facility.
Becoming certified means validating your competencies. This is accomplished through three different assessment methods.
- A portfolio, which must be turned in with your initial application to the program. This can and should be started at any time in your career.
- A closed-book multiple choice examination. The exam is given to you after you become an applicant in the program. You will have one year to successfully complete the exam.
- The attesting of your golf course facility. The attesting is also conducted after you become an applicant in the program.