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Josh Mahar recertifies status with GCSAA

Josh Mahar, certified golf course superintendent (CGCS) at Wild Horse Golf Club, has completed the renewal process for maintaining his elite status with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

Mahar has been at Wild Horse Golf Club since 1997.

A 21-year GCSAA member, he initially achieved his certification in 2004. Only about 1,500 golf course superintendents worldwide currently hold top-level status as a certified golf course superintendent.

“This program requires the highest set of competencies in golf course management through testing and practical application, and we are proud of the association’s Class A members who have advanced and continue to hold the highest level of professional recognition as a certified golf course superintendent,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. “We congratulate Josh on his continuing accomplishment.”

The association was among the first to institute a professional certification program, establishing its program in 1971 to recognize outstanding and progressive superintendents.

To qualify for GCSAA’s top certification, a candidate must have at least three years of experience as a golf course superintendent, be currently employed in that capacity and meet post-secondary educational requirements and/or continuing education points.

A candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities are validated through case-study scenarios and work samples; an on-site inspection of their golf facility; and a rigorous six-hour examination covering equipment, irrigation systems, materials and technology, golf course and grounds, human resources, Rules of Golf, financial and administrative systems, regulatory and programmatic systems, crisis management, project management, and ethics and values.

In order to maintain certified status, candidates are required to complete testing every five years. To fulfill certification renewal, a candidate must participate in 150 hours of continuing education and professional development.