Mission of the PGA Professional Golf Management Program
The PGA Professional Golf Management Program provides world-class training for aspiring golf professionals by offering skill-based training programs that provide state-of-the-art skills and knowledge. Graduates of this program will become outstanding golf professionals who provide exceptional service to their customers, employers, fellow professionals and the game of golf.
In order to become a PGA member, you will need to become a registered apprentice and go through the PGA Professional Golf Management (PGA/PGM)TM Program. In order to register into the PGA/PGM Program, you must:
Meet the Eligible Employment requirements described below
Individuals shall be eligibly employed in one of the following classifications.
You must be full-time eligibly employed at the time of registration and for six months within the 12 months prior to registration.
Participation in an amateur event will forfeit all work experience credits earned prior to the event.
Satisfy the PAT requirement. For information click here.
An apprentice registration form verifying employment and documenting your review of the Professional Readiness Orientation (PRO) must be signed and submitted by you.
*In order to become a registered PGA apprentice, you must pay all apprentice fees for National and your Section and purchase the Level 1 Kit. Click here to access our Fees Calculator.
When step 4 above is completed, you are a registered PGA apprentice.
Acceptable Progress is defined by successful completion of each Level's Checkpoint. In order to remain in good standing, the Level 1 Checkpoint must be successfully completed within two years of the Level 1 start date, the Level 2 Checkpoint must be successfully completed within four years of the Level 1 start date and the Level 3 Checkpoint must be successfully completed within six years of the Level 1 start date. Apprentices have eight years from their Level 1 start date to graduate from the PGA PGM Program and get elected to membership.
Have a high school diploma or be at least 18 years of age and have the equivalent of a high school education. You are eligible for educational credits toward PGA membership with a college degree.
Please contact one of the following companies to submit your diploma, certificate or degree if your education was completed in a country other than the United States of America:
An individual must be either a U.S. Citizen or resident alien.
A total of 36 work experience credits must be earned in addition to fulfilling the PGA/PGMTM Program. (One credit per month while eligibly employed full time.) 12 credits are awarded for a four year college degree and six credits for a two year college degree.
Amateur Status: Work experience earned prior to participating in an amateur event will be forfeited.
* Individuals previously terminated for failure to purchase the Level 1 Kit, must submit the application, appropriate registration fees and Level 1 Kit fee at the time of a subsequent registration.
Note: All applicants are required to read and write in English to successfully complete the PGA Professional Golf Management Program.
If you have any questions concerning this information or requirements to become a PGA member, call PGA Membership Services at (800) 474-2776.