CGCS Certification

     Regardless of where you are in your career, Mathew Allen, 37, and Ted Horton, 72, believe that becoming a certified golf course superintendent (CGCS) is a good way to open doors and keep pace with the newest technologies in the industry. 

     The certification, like an advanced degree for a golf course superintendent, requires a combination of continuing education, written testing and on-course management that can take a year to complete (and must be renewed every 5 years). 

     "The certification process is very detailed and it's pretty intense," said Jenny Pagel-Guile, senior manager of certification for GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendent Association of America). "There are 33 portfolio items and a list of competencies that must be met. And once you have attained CGCS, you must meet renewal qualifications every five years."

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