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Teeing Up for Success: Golf Course Superintendents Get Certified

Why Be Certified?
 
The superintendent of the golf course is the big cheese of the operation; he or she is trusted to manage and run the golf course successfully, from top to bottom. The construction, maintenance, and equipment at a golf course are all controlled under the watchful eye of the superintendent. 
 
Any golf-related job conjures up images of relaxation and sunshine, but this is neither a relaxing nor simple profession. The job is serious work, and superintendents can be recognized for superior accomplishments by becoming professionally certified. This designation is widely recognized in the business, and has strict standards. Twenty-five percent of the Class A members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America have achieved this designation. Receiving certification takes time, work, testing, and continuing education, but pays off in the end.
 
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)
 
The GCSAA is headquartered in Lawrence, Kansas and is dedicated to the advancement of the superintendent profession and enhancing the growth, enjoyment, and vitality of the game of golf. Here are a few of the steps involved in climbing to certified status:
 
·         Your golf course will be scrutinized by two certified superintendents during growing season. Course conditions will be judged, from the ponds to the driving range to the car paths. Anything is fair game.
·         Your maintenance facility will be inspected. Your fuel storage area, shop area, and offices will be some of the judged parts.
·         Your records will be perused, from the financial paperwork to the chemical application documentation. Even your wildlife inventory will be examined. Yes, it sounds as bad as an IRS audit, but at least these assessors won"t be hauling you to court.
·         Your level of professionalism and your communication skills will be looked at in depth.
·         A score of 85 percent is required to pass the golf course inspection phase of certification.
·         If you completely fail your assessment, keep in mind that confidentiality of your evaluation is maintained at all times. 
 
To find out the rest of the educational and experiential requirements, log on to www.gcsaa.org.

By Adam Herschkowitz
Get Golf Jobs, Contributing Editor

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