PGA of America

The PGA Affiliate Program

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PGA Affiliates are individuals who are not eligibly working as golf professionals and do not meet Associate eligibility, but may proceed through the Qualifying Level and Level 1 only of the PGA Professional Golf Management Program.  PGA Affiliates are not Associates or Members of the Association, do not enjoy any rights and privileges of membership, do not receive an identification card, and are not covered by the Life, Liability Insurance or Member Assistance Program.  Affiliates may retain amateur status and may have access to National and Section communication, websites, and National and Section meeting and education attendance at the discretion of the applicable National or Section body.   PGA Affiliates do not have National or Section playing privileges based on specific tournament event eligibility. 

The PGA Affiliate program  allows individuals who do not meet Associate eligibility to complete Level 1 of the PGA Professional Golf Management Program.  PGA Affiliates must then meet all Associate eligibility to register as an Associate in Level 2 to progress toward PGA of America Membership. 

Background Check

All individuals registering or re-registering as an Affiliate must complete a Background Check. Employment Screening Associates (ESA) performs this service at a reasonable cost, paid by the prospective member during an online screening session.

(If you have been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or equivalent, you should submit documentation to the PGA Membership Department to determine your eligibility for PGA Membership prior to proceeding. Per the PGA Code of Ethics, certain transgressions are cause for permanent preclusion to PGA Membership.)

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Qualifying Test

Applicants need to purchase and review the five qualifying level courses: Introduction to the PGM and the Golf Profession, PGA History, PGA Constitution, Rules of Golf and Career Enhancement to be eligible to register for the qualifying test taken virtually online at your convenience.

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Associated Costs

Fees - must be current on all fees and costs associated with the application process. 

Portal Access to Online Course - $200

Valid for 9 months – If the Qualifying Test is not passed within 9 months of the purchase date a renewal fee of $200 will be required.

Qualifying Level Test Fee - $15

A passing score is valid for 12 months – Failure to register as an associate within that time period will invalidate the test and require re-purchase of the online access and re-test.

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Apply to the PGM Affiliate Program

An Affiliate registration form must be signed and submitted by you before you are admitted to the PGA PGM 3.0 Affiliate Program.

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PGA Affiliate and PGM 3.0 Associate Program Overview

Individuals who meet the following requirements, and otherwise not eligible to register as an Associate, shall be eligible to register as in an Affiliate and progress through the completion of Level 1 of the PGA Professional Golf Management Program:

A.) Have a high school diploma or be at least 18 years of age and have the equivalent of a high school education;

High School Equivalency:

  •  An evaluation by a university or college level institution selected by the Association shall be used to determine high school equivalency.
  • Acceptance as a regular full-time student at an accredited college in the U.S. shall be considered ample proof of high school equivalency.

B.) Successfully complete the Background Check.

C.) Complete the Qualifying Level, prior to registering as an Affiliate into Level 1 of the PGA Professional Golf Management Program in accordance to the guidelines established by the Board of Directors.

D.) Pay the following fees as determined by the Board of Directors:

  • $200 Registration Fee (at the time of registration or reregistration)
  • $50 National Fee (at registration and annually)
  • $50 Section Fee (at registration and annually)
  • Level 1 Course Access Fees (at registration)

Renewal 

Affiliates in Level 1 of the PGA Professional Golf Management Program shall be eligible to renew their registration annually, consistent with the timing of the Membership Year for Members and Associates, provided they are within the Acceptable Progress guidelines as established by the Board of Directors.  If annual fees are not paid, the Affiliate will be terminated and must reregister.

Reregistration

Former Affiliates in the PGA Professional Golf Management Program may reregister as an Affiliate in the PGA Professional Golf Management Program, provided they are within the Acceptable Progress guidelines in Section 4, of this Article; and pay all required fees.  If outside the Acceptable Progress guidelines in Section 4, of this Article, an individual must first complete the Qualifying Level prior to being eligible to reregister.

Limit of Registration

Affiliates will be subject to the following Acceptable Progress guidelines, as established by the Board of Directors:

  • Two years to complete Level 1 from the Level 1 start date.  If not completed within two years, must start over at the Qualifying Level.
  • Once Level 1 is completed, a maximum of two years to remain an Affiliate prior to meeting all eligibility to register as an Associate, per ARTICLE III, or be terminated.  If terminated, must start over at the Qualifying Level.

The Board of Control may extend the Limit of Participation period or allow for early termination based on extenuating circumstances.

PGA Affiliates must then meet all Associate eligibility to register as an Associate in Level 2 of the PGA PGM Program to progress toward PGA of America Membership.   

Eligible Employment

To be eligible to register as an associate, individuals must be employed in an eligible position, within one of the approved classifications. While many traditional golf positions may be top of mind, there are many non-traditional jobs that are also eligible positions including things like tournament director, sales & marketing, hospitality and even real estate. NOTE: Participation in an amateur event will forfeit all work experience credits earned prior to the event.

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To be elected to membership once admitted to the PGA PGM 3.0 Associate Program, Associates will have to meet the appropriate milestones and requirements:

Acceptable Progress

  • Level 2 must be successfully completed within three years of the Level 2 Start Date
  • Level 3 and election to PGA Membership must be successfully accomplished within nine years of the Level 1 Start Date

Associates have nine years from their Level 1 Start Date to graduate from the PGA PGM Program, meet all election requirements and become elected to PGA Membership. Failure to complete Level 1 or 2 within three years of the Level’s start date will result in suspension. Failure to exit suspension by the end of two years will result in termination from the PGA PGM Program. 

Education - must have a high school diploma or be at least 18 years of age and have the equivalent of a high school education. 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:

| Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Phone: (305) 273-1616
Fax: (305) 273-1338
Translation Fax: (305) 273-1984
| World Education Services, Inc.
Attention: Documentation Center
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Phone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 739-6100 |

Employment - A total of 28 work experience credits must be earned in addition to fulfilling the PGA PGM 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.

*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.