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Certification Program

The purpose of the Certification Program is to identify competent and experienced golf course builders and ensure uniform quality standards in the industry.  To be eligible for certification, a company must meet the following requirements:

  • Have been in the golf course construction business for at least five years (under the current company name)
  • Have completed construction of the equivalent of 18 holes of golf per year for each of the past five years under the direction of a golf course architect
  • Provide references from individuals in five of the following seven categories:
    • Owner/Developer
    • Golf Course Architect
    • Engineer
    • Irrigation Designer
    • Golf Course Superintendent
    • Municipality
    • GCBAA Certified Golf Course Builder
  • Provide references from a financial institution, credit agency, insurance company, and bonding company
  • Pass the written Certification Exam which is offered annually at the Golf Industry Show
  • Attend at least one GCBAA educational session per year
  • Consistently engage in ethical business practices

Certification is designed to be an ongoing process.  Companies are re-certified every year, and the list of Certified Golf Course Builders is updated annually.  

To apply for certification, a company must submit an application and secure the necessary letters of reference and supporting documentation.  A company representative will only be permitted to sit for the test once the application is complete.

The Certification Exam is two hours long and consists of 100 multiple choice questions covering various topics related to golf course construction. Examination topics include golf course design and layout, clearing, earth-moving, finish grading, drainage, green construction, bunker construction, irrigation, fertilization, seeding, soil structure, environmental regulations, building structures, cart paths, and grow-in. 

For an application, contact the GCBAA Executive Office at (402) 476-4444 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Certified Builder / Renovation Builder Exam Guide 

Certified Golf Course Irrigation Contractor Exam Guide

 2017 Certification Documents    
 Certified Builder   Certified Renovation Builder  Certified Golf Course Irrigation Contractor
 Project Update Form  Project Update Form  Project Update Form
 Continuing Ed Form A-3  Continuing Ed Form A-3  Continuing Ed Form A-3
 Sample Bank Confirmation Letter  Sample Bank Confirmation Letter  Sample Bank Confirmation Letter
 Sample Bonding Letter  Sample Bonding Letter  Sample Bonding Letter

GCBAA Individual Application Form - Certification A-1
GCBAA Application for Approval of Continuing Education Program A-2
GCBAA Application for Completion of Continuing Education Program A-3

Education Sign-In Sheets
Summer Meeting Winter Meeting Irrigation Education
2015 - Colorado Springs 2015 - San Antonio 2015 - Colorado Springs / 2015 - San Antonio
2016 - Jersey City (General Ed)  AND (Breakout Sessions) 2016 - San Diego  2016 - Jersey City
Regional Meetings    
December 9, 2015 - Fort Lauderdale, FL
April 13, 2016 - Carrollton, TX
June 8, 2016 - Mesa, AZ
November 15, 2016 - Myrtle Beach, SC
December 2, 2016 - Port St. Lucie, FL