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Competency Levels

The link for each block of the NOS DACUM Chart is provided below. Each block description includes the competency levels for each skill.

Please keep the following information in mind when reviewing the Competency Levels:

  • The emphasis for each aspect of the standards is on the general - there are always exceptions to the guidelines;
  • Superintendents should have equal access to the standards and equal ability to achieve the standards regardless of the type, size or location of the golf facility at which they are employed;
  • The basic level represents the skill set required by a practicing superintendent with a focus on practical/day-to-day knowledge;
  • The emphasis of the standards at all levels is to be objective and to keep each competency and each level measurable
  • The blocks, competencies and levels are simple and easy to understand;
  • DACUM chart users need to understand that a person can be at a different level for each skill, and;
  • The levels are progressive; each level builds on the last until all criteria are met.


Progressive levels

  • Basic (familiar with skill set and knowledge)
  • Intermediate (building on basic, application and working knowledge of skill sets)
  • Advanced (ongoing development of intermediate application of skill sets)


  Basic Intermediate Advanced

Level of Technical Knowledge

  • Practical
  • Basic
  • Normal/average conditions


  • Practical
  • Competent
  • All situations (Normal/average/exceptions)
  • Wisdom
  • Complex
  • All situations (Normal/average/exceptions/ extreme)
  • Different climatic zones

Complexity of Work

  • Straight forward routine skills
  • Visual


  • Applied self-directed technical skills
  • Management skills developing
  • Routine and non-routine skills
  • Increasing complexity
  • An innovator
  • A big picture person
  • Creative recommendations
  • Multi-factors at work
  • Leadership
  • Exceptional/Catastrophic situation skills       

Level of Autonomy

  • Directed e.g. Owner, General Manager or Regional Supervisor
  • Self-directed but under direction of course guidelines
  • Co-determines future
  • Recognized as an authority within club and within profession
  • Asked for advice/mentor
  • Resource or reference person Internal/External Consultant

Level of Responsibility

  • Day to day
  • Course management - seasonally
  • Course leadership (future oriented)

Typical Working Experience

  • 1-3 years
  • 3 to 9 years
  • 10 +

For the complete Competency Level Document click here