1. What is PGMS®?

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) was established in 1911 as a professional society for the individual with the purpose of education and professional advancement. The majority of PGMS members are institutional grounds managers who work for organizations such as colleges and universities, municipalities, park and recreation facilities, office parks, apartment complexes, hotels/motels, cemeteries, theme parks, and landscape management companies.

2. What certification programs does PGMS offer?

One of the most important things that you can do to advance your career is to continue your professional development. PGMS offers both the Certified Grounds Manager (CGM®) and Certified Grounds Technician (CGT®) programs. PGMS also offers the School of Grounds Management (SGM®) Certificate Program. For more information please click here.

3. What types of membership does PGMS offer?

  • Active member
  • Affiliate Member
  • Supplier Member
  • Partners in Professionalism
  • Branch Local Supplier
  • Student
  • Emeritus (retired)
  • Educator/Researcher
  • Institutional
  • Corporate

*PGMS membership runs on a calendar year.

4. How do I become a member of PGMS?

To view membership types and join PGMS please click here.

5. What are the benefits of PGMS membership?

  • Registration discount to the Annual Conference and Green Industry Expo (GIE)
  • Forum Newsletter
  • Membership Directory
  • Research and Surveys
  • Awards
  • Scholarships
  • Education Manuals
  • Certification programs available
  • Local Branches

For more details please click here.

6. How may I contact PGMS?

2331 Rock Spring Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050
Tel: 443-966-3852
Fax: 443-640-1031
Email: info@pgms.org

7. What type of events does PGMS offer?

PGMS offers various events throughout the year including the annual the School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO, Summer Conference, local branch events and more. For information on upcoming events please click here.

8. Does PGMS have social media pages?

PGMS has a Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube account.

9. What awards programs does PGMS offer?

Every year PGMS searches for the country’s best maintained landscapes for the PGMS Green Star Awards®. For more information on the Green Star Awards program please click here.

10. Does PGMS have local branches throughout the U.S.?

PGMS has many local branches in the U.S. For a list of the branches and their individual webpages please click here.

11.) What are the terms of use for using the member portal (Starchapter)?

Professional Grounds Management Society, affiliate or related company. Professional Grounds Management Society reserves the right to change, add, delete, or otherwise modify content on the Site and these Terms of Use periodically without prior notice.


The materials on this website (the “Site”) are provided by Professional Grounds Management Society  as a service to its customers and may be used for informational purposes only. Single copies may be downloaded subject to the provisions below. By downloading any materials from this site, you agree to these terms. If you do not agree to them, do not use the site or download any materials from it.


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12.) What is PGMS’s privacy policy?

You don’t want your personal information to fall into the wrong hands. Neither does Professional Grounds Management Society. When you visit the Professional Grounds Management Society web site, we may collect and store information about your visit on an anonymous, aggregate basis. This information may include the time and length of your visit, the pages you look at on our site, and the site you visited just before coming to ours. We may also record the name of your Internet service provider. We use this information only to measure site activity and to develop ideas for improving our site.

There are also several opportunities on our web site for you to provide us with information about you and your interests, such as your name, mailing address and e-mail address. If you choose to share any personal information with us, we may store it and use it for marketing research and other marketing purposes, which may include sharing it* with other companies in the Professional Grounds Management Society family and our business partners. We will never sell your information to any other company.

Some of our web site may make use of “cookie” technology to measure site activity and to customize information to your personal tastes. A cookie is an element of data that a Web site can send to your browser, which may then store the cookie on your hard drive. So, when you come back to visit us again, we can tailor information to suit your individual preferences. The goal is to save you time and provide you with a more meaningful visit.

You take online privacy seriously, and so does Professional Grounds Management Society. It’s our way of sustaining your trust in Professional Grounds Management Society and our services.

Professional Grounds Management Society reserves the right to alter our privacy principles as business needs require. Any alterations to these principles will be posted on our web site in a timely manner.

* Unless you have told Professional Grounds Management Society not to share certain information according to our privacy notice titled “Important Information About Your Privacy”.