In the late 1990’s the AGCSA Board introduced the AGCSA Accreditation Programme (AAP) to encourage golf course superintendents to undertake continual training throughout their careers and thereby promote the position of Superintendent as a highly skilled and professional role. In recent times, more demands are being made of turf professionals and the role of a modern golf course superintendent goes well beyond just daily course maintenance. Once unheard of terms such as annual programmes, strategic plans, budgets, financial planning, environmental and OH&S management are now common within our industry.
With the increasing complexities and responsibilities of golf course and turf management the AGCSA Board have made some changes to the AAP to reflect the improved professionalism of our members and to highlight the increasing need for ongoing education. The AGCSA Accreditation Program aims to:
- Promote the profession
- Build a culture of career long training
- Reward those that achieve a high industry standard and actively stay updated
- Give program members ‘an edge’ when negotiating pay rates or seeking employment
- Give clubs a clear choice when employing course maintenance staff
The AGCSA Accreditation Programme can be joined by any AGCSA member who is currently employed as a:
- Golf course superintendent
- Assistant Golf Course Superintendent
- Facility or Grounds Manager/Curator
Applications to join the AAP must be made in writing to the AGCSA and include:
- Proof of completion of Certificate III in Horticulture (Turf) - superintendents or assistants who have not completed the minimum formal education requirement of Certificate III in Horticulture (Turf) need to submit details of any further education they have attended and proof of 15 years continuous employment in the Turf Industry.
- Proof of 3 years continued employment as a superintendent, assistant superintendent or facilities/grounds manager.
- AGCSA membership number.