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In 1966, Canadian superintendents organized themselves to form the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association. Now with close to 1,000 members, CGSA hosts the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference each year and organizes frequent regional education seminars and webinars. It helps sponsor research projects through its participation in the Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation and produces a number of publications including its official national publication, GreenMaster. CGSA also has SuperSearch which assists employers and employees in filling vacant positions. CGSA is an active participant, along with six other national golf associations, in the National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA).
In 1998 CGSA established a Master Superintendent Designation Program, to identify progressive Superintendents and to formulate standards of excellence in the golf course management profession. This program was renewed and strengthened in 2006. In addition, a second designation, the Accredited Golf Superintendent (AGS) was added in 2006. Both of the programs are based on the National Occupational Standards that were adopted by the CGSA in 1998. Eligibility for the designations is limited to superintendent members of the CGSA and both require the successful completion of a written examination.
In 1998 the association produced the Environmental Management Resource Manual ©. This award winning member benefit provides golf course superintendents with a comprehensive environmental guideline. The manual is in its fifth edition which was completed in 2010.