Members of CWGA may need to create a new user name and password to register for a Handicap Seminar since registration is through CGA.
Why Club Licensing/Certification?
In 2005, the Colorado Golf Association and Colorado Women's Golf Association began a handicap education campaign in conjunction with the USGA. The objective of the licensing/certification program is to ensure that clubs have a better understanding of the Handicap System so that it is implemented more consistently between clubs. Ultimately, this will help achieve the goal of making the game of golf more enjoyable to golfers of differing abilities.
What is the Handicap Licensing/Certification Program?
Who needs to be certified?
All clubs will have from 2016-2019 to send at least one representative to become certified and fulfill certification requirements for their club in the new term. Even if you were certified in previous years, all certifications are reset to zero and each club must re-certify. The club can select anyone to attend the seminar and receive certification, but ideally that person would be a handicap chair, a golf professional, or a handicap committee member.
Keep in mind that if the certified person only serves a two-year term in their position or even leaves the club altogether, the club will retain its certification status throughout the remainder of the four-year cycle. However, you are certainly welcome and encouraged to send another representative to one of the scheduled seminars.
Every club must have a Handicap Chair or Handicap Representative and that member MAY NOT be an employee of the club or accept payment for their services.
How will the CGA & CWGA help?
The CGA/CWGA conducts multiple state-wide seminars primarily during the first three years of the four-year handicap cycle (currently 2016-2019). Ideally, the CGA/CWGA recommends completing the certification earlier in the 4-year cycle to learn the new material associated with the new manual rather than waiting. By also attending one of the handicap seminars hosted by the CGA/CWGA, you will get to answer any questions you have about handicapping while having the face-to-face interaction with the staff.