Master Superintendent



Obtaining the Master Superintendent® designation is the highest recognition in the golf superintendent's profession in Canada. You are identified with distinguished colleagues who have demonstrated the experience and determination to be at the top of their field. Master Superintendents are highly visible. They are helping to raise industry standards and increasing the respect for and prestige of the golf superintendent's profession.

MS™ Eligibility:

Effective July 1, 2011, the eligibility criteria that must be met to write the Master Superintendent® exam includes:

  • At least eight (8) consecutive years as a CGSA “Superintendent” or “Golf Course Management” member;

  • Hold the Accredited Golf Superintendent™ (AGS®) designation, and;

  • Complete the Master Superintendent exam with the required passing grade (exam is six (6) hours and  includes nine sections and 300 questions; candidates must achieve a minimum grade of seventy percent (70%) in each section)


The Master Superintendent® examination consists of 300 multiple choice type questions (open book format) relating to the level three skills in the National Occupational Standards. The study material for this exam consists of 10 reference books as noted in the application form. Once your application has been approved, you have the option of writing the exam either at the CGSA office a local College or University, or in your local region. A post-secondary faculty member or a CGSA member who currently holds either the AGS or MS designation is also eligible to Proctor your exam.

After earning the Master Superintendent® designation you must retain your Superintendent status and you must achieve 125 continuing education credits (CEC) over a 5 year period. This procedure helps keep Master Superintendents updated on new developments through participation in educational seminars, conferences and other related activities.

NOTE: If you allow your designation to lapse, you must rewrite the current exam to obtain your designation.

As a Master Superintendent® You Receive:

Authority to use the Master Superintendent® designation on letterhead, business cards and all forms of address as long as you remain a Superintendent member and meet all the other criteria. You also receive a Master Superintendent® certificate, a MS lapel pin and an invitation to attend the CGSA Awards Luncheon. If you wish, your employer will be notified by the CGSA President that you have achieved the Association's highest designation.

Information and Forms

Master Superintendent Application Form
Master Superintendent Renewal Application Form
MS Guidelines and Terms of Use
Recommended Readings
MS Exam Breakdown
MS Program Credit Values

CGSA Members Who Have Achieved and Currently Hold the Master Superintendent® (MS™) Professional Designation

Neil Acton, MS
Marc Brooks, MS
Robert Burrows, MS Emeritus
Kendall Costain, MS
Jon Clark, MS Emeritus
Bruce Constable, MS
William Fach, MS Emeritus
Walter Gooder, MS Emeritus
Robert Heron, MS Emeritus
Gregory Hollins, MS
Tim Kubash, MS
Ashely LeGeyt, MS Emeritus
Douglas Meyer, MS
Dean Morrison, MS
Blake Palmer, MS Emeritus
Mike Pellerin, MS
Dennis Pellrene, MS Emeritus
Owen Russell, MS
Robin Sadler, MS
Paul Scenna, MS
Pelino Scenna, MS Emeritus
Randy Scott, MS Emeritus
Lee Strutt, MS
Jason Winter, MS
Brian Youell, MS

If you're interested in earning this recognized designation in golf course management or have any questions regarding the program, please contact lmicucci [at] golfsupers [dot] com (subject: Master%20Superintendent) (Lori Micucci) at 1-800-387-1056 or 416-626-8873, ext. 27.