Becoming a PGA professional is an exciting career opportunity for the avid golfer. While playing golf professionally is a dream for many golfers, it is a reality for a limited few. Becoming a teaching professional allows a golf enthusiast a more realistic opportunity to make a career in the golf industry. Teaching professionals are accredited by the PGA and may specialise in teaching, equipment or management.
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Find a job working with a PGA teaching professional. This may be working as an assistant club professional, working in management at a club or working with a PGA pro who specialises in equipment.
Register as a student PGA member. This may be done by contacting the PGA, and the professional you work with should be able to help with this process.
Enter into the PGA's apprentice program, a 3-year certification program that includes study in myriad subjects, including the Rules of Golf, equipment making, management, public relations, event management and the like. This is a home-study course and all required subjects must be completed and passed within 3 years.
Attend the training program. The first part of the certification program is a week-long resident training program during which the aspiring professional takes classes, is interviewed by PGA staff and is required to take and pass two exams---one written and one on the golf course.
Pass your comp. At the conclusion of the 3-year certification program, the aspiring professional must pass a comprehensive exam, covering topics including golf club management, equipment, repair and ability to teach. Once the certification and exam are completed, the aspiring professional may apply for PGA membership.
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