The superintendent is the person responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of a golf course.

Want to become a superintendent or assistant superintendent?

There are different ways to start your new career. Here is a traditional career path taken by many superintendents who have joined the QGSA in recent years:

  • Start out as a course worker at a golf club where the superintendent is a QGSA member.
  • Ask your superintendent questions about his work and find out whether you’re really interested.
  • Get the training you need to climb the ranks by taking the part-time winter Cégep-level course available from ITA or another educational institution (see below).
  • Apply for a QGSA bursary through the superintendent at your golf course, and ask your employer about tax measures to encourage training.
  • The ITA’s 600-hour program comprises three levels taught over a two-year period, depending on demand. Students perfect their skills and knowledge, become more effective in their work, and open up numerous job possibilities in one of the world’s best professions.
  • Join the QGSA and take advantage of professional development opportunities, access to trade journals and documentation available in the website section reserved for members.

Benefits to Members

  • Receive grassmaniac, a high quality specialized magazine published at least three times a year, that informs members on the industry latest developments and state-of-the-art techniques, as well as on the association’s major activities.
  • Membership in the only association in Quebec recognized as a leader in the golf course management and maintenance that is a strong supporter of the rights and priviledges of superintendents.
  • Access to programs of continuing education designed to help you succed.
  • Membership in an association which carries credibility in important industry debates and which is actively involved in topics like environment, pesticide, etc.
  • Participation in social activities like the traditional golf tournaments (two per year) to utterly promote professional and social networking.
  • Participation in the annual conference, seminars and trade shows which are great informative and developmental resources provided by the association.
  • Listing in the member directory, which is an ideal tool of reference. The directory is updated and distributed on an annual basis.
  • A personalized membership card to allow you to access golf courses in the United States and the rest of Canada.
  • Access to one of the best channels of distribution for job offers in the industry.
  • Membership in an association that promotes scientific research related to the management and maintenance of golf courses.
  • Membership in an association that promotes continuing education for its members and offers financial support through bursaries to students in the field.
  • Advantage of various member services, e.g. job offer listing, labels and maillings…
  • Membership in an association that promotes superintendent of the year and distinguished service award nomination.
  • Free access to an appointment of an hour with a legal expert.

List of recognized educational institutions

Here is a list of recognized educational institutions and the training programs available. The QGSA takes no position for or against any of the following educational institutions.



Université Laval

Pavillon Paul-Comtois
2425, rue de l’Agriculture Local 1122
Université Laval
Québec, Québec G1V 0A6
Tel.: 418-656-2131, ext. 3145
Fax: 418-656-7806



University of Guelph

Office of Open Learning
160 Johnston Hall
Guelph, ON N1G 2W
Tel.: 519-824-4120 ext. 55000
Tel.: 519-767-5000
Fax: 519-767-1114


Kemptville College

830 Prescott Street, P. O. Box 2003
Kemptville ON K0G 1J0
Tel.: (613) 258-8336


Seneca College

Golf Course Technician Co-op Program
13990 Dufferin Street
King City ON L7B 1B3
Admission: 905-833-3333 ext. 5049
Program coordinator: 905-833-3333 ext. 5088


Olds College

4500 – 50 Street
Olds, Alberta, Canada, T4H 1R6
Tel.: 1-800-661-OLDS



Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Peter J. Landschoot
Dept. of Crop & Soil Sciences
116 ASI Building
University Park, PA, 16802 USA
Tel.: (814) 863-1017

Website of « turfgrass management »

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Turfgrass Management
Scott Ebdon, Program Coordinator
Tel.: 413-545-2506



Cornell University

College of Agriculture and Life Science
Department of Floriculture and Ornemental Horticulture
20 Plant Science Building
Ithaca, NY, 14853-5908, USA


Purdue University

Continuing Education Business Office
1586 Stewart Center, Room 110
West Lafayette, IN, 47907-1586, USA
Tel.: 317-494-2748
Fax.: 317-494-0567


Cook College

(Rutgers. The State University of New Jersey)
Continuing Professional Education
102 Ryders lane
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901-8519, USA
Tel.: 732-932-9271


Website of « turfgrass management »

Penn State Online



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