GCMA launches accreditation programme for golf club managers

The Golf Club Managers Association (GCMA) has launched a new programme to recognise the skills, achievements, experience and development of golf club managers across the UK.

With four levels of accreditation, the programme is open to those in management roles and those looking to move into running a golf club. It is designed to recognise the wide range of learning and qualifications that contribute to making a successful manager.

The online application form is live now and submissions close on October 31. They will reopen on May 1, 2023 until June 30, 2023, with an annual renewal process in place from 2024.

Managers can apply for one of four levels – from GCMA Aspiring Manager to GCMA Accredited Manager (Level 3), with a Senior Leader/Master Manager status arriving in 2025.

The Aspiring Manager category is open to affiliate and full GCMA members, while levels 1, 2 and 3 are open to full GCMA members only. Members can apply for any level they wish, providing historical qualifications and prior learning along with their skills, knowledge and experience to match the requirements for a particular level.

Tom Brooke, GCMA chief executive, welcomed the initiative, which aims to further professionalise the role of the golf club manager. He said: “Our aim is to support the professional and personal wellbeing of our members and professionalise the role of golf club management. This programme is at the centre of that. The role of a golf club manager has changed a great deal in the last 10-20 years. Everything we do going forward around development and education will point towards this programme.

“We’re looking forward to working with managers on applications and supporting them through the process. Your online accreditation form will exist as long as you are a member of the GCMA. It’s an ongoing process, with an annual review, which we hope will become a standard tool for managers and an essential resource for those hiring managers in the future.”

A video guide explaining the application form is available online along with more information on the process. Visit www.gcma.org.uk