While Monica Lalinde values her position as a certified golf course superintendent (CGCS) because she wants to show the passion she has for her profession, and Ted Horton values his CGCS status because he wants to keep pace with the newest technologies, they both agree it gives them that something extra in their profession.
Requiring a combination of experience, on-course evaluation, a completed portfolio and examination, and continuing education (all which can take up to a year to complete), CGCS isn't something that is easy to do.
"The certification process is very detailed, and it's pretty intense," said Stephanie Confer, specialist in professional development for GCSAA. "From the portfolio to the exam and course evaluation, the certification process requires dedication and a focused look at how a superintendent does the job."
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