Certification Programs

Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM)

The Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM) is the professional designation earned by an individual that validates their knowledge, skills and abilities. To achieve this designation, an individual must qualify to take the CSFM exam. For information on how to qualify and other program requirements, click here.

Environmental Facility Certification

Environmental Facility Certification officially confirms that SFMA environmental best practices are implemented throughout the facility in 12 areas of management. This certification is valid for three years and is awarded to the facility, not a person. Review the Environmental Facility Certification requirements here.


This free self-paced training provides continuing education opportunities for anyone who has not been formally educated in turfgrass science and is interested in entering the industry. Completing the course will build a solid foundation in the science and practices of turfgrass management so students can successfully care for a turfgrass surface and be prepared to enter a position in sports field management. Those who complete the course can be hired for seasonal and crew assistance at sports facilities.

Upon successfully completing this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion that can printed out to show a potential employer.

This course is not restricted to students and may also be used a training tool for current sports field crew members. Although the course is free, those pursuing it must be an SFMA member or join as an SFMA student member ($30) to participate. If you are interested or know of someone, please FILL OUT THIS FORM. For more information, contact Jennifer McLendon, jmclendon@sportsfieldmanagement.org.