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PGA PGM Associate Program Overview

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. Level 1 courses are available on the PGA Knowledge Center once an individual is registered as a PGA Associate. Associates must maintain eligible employment throughout the PGA PGM Program.

Qualifying Level

  • Applicants need to purchase and review the three qualifying level courses: Introduction to the PGA PGM Program and the Golf Profession, PGA History and Constitution, and Rules of Golf to be eligible to register for the qualifying test at the PGA Partnered test company with local test centers throughout the country.
  • Click here to view and/or download PGA PGM Program curriculum information.
  • To purchase access ($200) to the PGA PGM Program Qualifying Level courses, click here.

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.
  • Level 1 Seminar courses include Business Planning, Customer Relations, Introduction to Teaching/Club Performance and Tournament Operations. Golf Car Fleet Management is a self-study course. 
  • Associates attend five days of Level 1 seminars at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
  • Associates complete a web-based work experience portfolio including activities covering all of the Level 1 courses.
  • Associates are then eligible to register for Level 1 tests at the PGA-partnered test company with local test centers throughout the country.

 Level 2

  • After passing Level 1 knowledge tests, the associate purchases Level 2 online courses access fee. Pre-seminar activities must be completed prior to attending Level 2 seminars.
  • Level 2 Seminar courses include Golf Operations, Intermediate Teaching/Club Alteration, and Merchandising and Inventory Management. Turfgrass Management is a self-study course. 
  • Associates attend five days of Level 2 seminars at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Golf Operations,
  • Associates complete a web-based work experience portfolio including activities covering all of the Level 2 courses.
  • Associates are then eligible to register for Level 2 tests at the PGA-partnered test company with local test centers throughout the country.

 Level 3

  • After passing Level 2 knowledge tests, the associate purchases Level 3 online courses access fee. Pre-seminar activities must be completed prior to attending Level 3 seminars.
  • Level 3 Seminar courses include Advanced Teaching/Golf Club Fitting, Player Development/Teaching Business, and Supervising and Delegating. Food and Beverage, Human Resources and Career Enhancement are self-study courses.
  • Associates attend five days of Level 3 seminars at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
  • Associates complete a web-based work experience portfolio including activities covering all of the Level 3 courses.
  • Associates are then eligible to register for Level 3 tests at the PGA-partnered test company with local test centers throughout the country. (PAT must be passed prior to being eligible for Level 3 tests).
  • Associates who have passed all tests, the Player Ability Test and have earned 36 education/work experience credits are elected to PGA Membership, provided they have eligible employment.