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PGM Associate Program Details

Those following the PGA Associate pathway will need to satisfy all requirements to register as a PGA Associate, including the PGA Playing Ability Test requirements, the PGM Qualifying Test, the background check and eligible employment at a PGA-Recognized Golf Facility. 

Qualifying Level

  • Register for Qualifying Level
  • Complete Qualifying Level Courses:
    • Introduction to the PGA PGM
    • History of the PGA
    • The PGA Constitution
    • The Rules of Golf A
    • Career Enhancement A
  • To purchase access ($200) to the PGA PGM Program Qualifying Level courses, click here.
  • Pass Qualifying Test
  • Document qualifying Playing Ability Test score
  • Document eligible employment
  • Register and purchase Level 1 materials and online access (click here to view and/or download PGA PGM Program curriculum information)

PGA PGM Level 1

  • Applicants pay associate fees and Level 1 online courses fees. Pre-seminar activities must be completed prior to attending Level 1 seminars.
  • Teaching and Coaching 1: Core content on learning, teaching, elements of the game, club performance, and player development with emphasis on beginning players
  • Facility Management 1: Core content about business, customer service, and key operations at golf facilities
  • Pre-Seminar Activities: PGA Associates are required to complete and document pre-seminar activities before attending the seminars. These activities are designed to facilitate discussions during seminar learning activities.
  • Seminars: The seminars listed below last two- to three-days each, for a total of five days, at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
    • Teaching and Coaching 1: Group discussions and instruction-related simulations and experiences
    • Facility Management 1: Discussion and group projects centering on PGA models and core operationsBusiness Planning, Customer Relations, Introduction to Teaching/Club
    • Performance and Tournament Operations: Golf Car Fleet Management is a self-study course. 
  • Work Experience Portfolio: The work experience portfolio emphasizes activities linked to on-the-job application and performance. These activities include a combination of subject-specific tasks and integrated projects that PGA Associates complete at each level.
  • Knowledge Tests: PGA Associates must pass a knowledge test at each level before moving on to the next level. The test will be comprised of multiple-choice and true/false items linked to each of the content domains listed above.

Level 2

  • Teaching and Coaching 2: Application of content linked to learning, teaching, elements of the game, club performance, with an emphasis on intermediate players
  • Facility Management 2: Application of The PGA business and customer relations models in the context of multiple operations
  • Pre-Seminar Activities: PGA Associates are required to complete and document pre-seminar activities before attending the seminars. These activities are designed to facilitate discussions during seminar learning activities.
  • Seminars: The seminars listed below last two to three days each, for a total of five days, at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
    • Teaching and Coaching 2: Application of instruction-related practices at golf facilities through group projects and simulations
    • Facility Management 2: Application of business, customer relations, and operations concept­s through projects and simulations
  • Work Experience Portfolio: The work experience portfolio emphasizes activities linked to on-the-job application and performance. These activities include a combination of subject-specific tasks and integrated projects that PGA Associates complete at each level.
  • Knowledge Tests: PGA Associates must pass a knowledge test at each level before moving on to the next level. The test will be comprised of multiple-choice and true/false items linked to each of the content domains listed above.

Level 3

  • Teaching and Coaching 3: Integrated perspective of business aspects, learning, teaching, elements of the game, club fitting and physical performance with emphasis on advanced players
  • Facility Management 3: Integration of critical business, customer relations, supervision, and operational functions from a management perspective
  • Pre-Seminar Activities: PGA Associates are required to complete and document pre-seminar activities before attending the seminars. These activities are designed to facilitate discussions during seminar learning activities.
  • Seminars: The seminars listed below last two to three days each, for a total of five days, at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
    • Teaching and Coaching 3: Integration of teaching, player development, and business practices through group projects and simulations
    • Facility Management 3: A team focused management simulation consisting of integrating operations and management functions
  • Work Experience Portfolio: The work experience portfolio emphasizes activities linked to on-the-job application and performance. These activities include a combination of subject-specific tasks and integrated projects that PGA Associates complete at each level.
  • Knowledge Tests: PGA Associates must pass a knowledge test at each level before moving on to the next level. The test will be comprised of multiple-choice and true/false items linked to each of the content domains listed above.

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