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PGA Professional Golf Management Program Fact Sheet


The PGA Professional Golf Management (PGA PGM) Program is an award-winning educational program designed for aspiring PGA Professionals and focuses on the People, the Business and the Game. Offered through the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida, the program provides an option for college graduates or those looking to go into the golf industry directly from high school with the opportunity to gain the core competencies required for a successful career in the golf industry as a PGA Member. The program is designed to constantly evolve and is structured to ensure constant progress.


The PGA PGM Program is a combination of self-study and classroom-based instruction and involves three separate levels of coursework. Most Associates complete Level 1 in 24 months, Level 2 in 12 months and Level 3 in 6 to 12 months. On average, it takes approximately three to four years to complete the PGA PGM Program.

Associates must adhere to the program's Acceptable Progress which is defined by successful completion of each level within a two year period and election to Membership within eight years. Learn more about education.


To register as a PGA Associate and enroll in the PGA PGM program, individuals must pass the qualifying level test, Playing Ability Test (PAT) requirements and be eligibly employed at a PGA-recognized facility.