PGA of America

Specialized Program Overview

The PGA Specialist Program is an online, career-enhancing educational curriculum that supports the goals of PGA Members who are committed to continuously improving their business and teaching skills to meet the increasing demands of the golf industry. This online approach ensures “on-demand” access when your schedule permits, while reducing time and travel costs associated with traditional classes.

The program offers three specializations:

  • Executive Management
  • Golf Operations
  • Teaching & Coaching

**Requirements of the Specialist Program include: **

  • Select your career path.
  • Complete all assigned reading and course work. The courses to complete will be listed once a career path is selected.
  • Submit a paper that summarizes the impact and enhanced performance gained on the job as a result of your training and development.
  • Complete a project that focuses around learning outcomes that support the certification of your choice.
  • All PGA members will be able to complete the Specialist Program, except for class F members. Class F members may purchase the course library and complete courses, but cannot become Specialist until after transfer out of Class F.

Once Specialist level is achieved, members are encouraged to continue their education in the Certified and Master Professional Programs. These program are the PGA of America’s highest designations and are comprised of extensive project based on the specific specialization previously acquired. PGA Members must have at least five years of PGA Membership and five years of relevant working experience in their respective specialization in order to apply for Certified Professional status and must have a minimum of 10 years PGA Membership and 10 years of relevant working experience in their respective specialization in order to apply for Master Professional status.

If you would like to speak with someone in the Education Department directly, please call (866) 866-3382, option 6 or you may email

Click here to begin the steps toward PGA Specialization.