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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. To review the steps required to become a PGA Member through the PGA Professional Golf Management Program, click here.

Qualifying Level

  • Applicants need to purchase and review the five qualifying level courses in order 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.

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 courses are delivered via seminars and self-study. 
  • 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 pays access fees for Level 2 online courses. Pre-seminar activities must be completed prior to attending Level 2 seminars.
  • Level 2 courses are delivered via seminars and self-study.
  • Associates attend five days of Level 2 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 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 pays access fees for Level 3 online courses. Pre-seminar activities must be completed prior to attending Level 3 seminars.
  • Level 3 courses are delivered via seminars and self-study.
  • 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.