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There are two pathways that lead to PGA membership — the PGA PGM Apprentice Program and the PGA Golf Management University Program.
While the apprentice and university programs differ in significant ways, both pathways require completion of the same PGA PGM curriculum, work experience, PGA Playing Ability Test, and employment or internship requirements.
The courses cover content and activities every PGA Professional should know and be able to demonstrate when they enter the profession as a PGA member.
If interested in become a PGA Professional, there are a number of career paths to choose from.
PGA PGM University Program
The PGA Golf Management University Program is a 4.5- to 5-year college curriculum for aspiring PGA Professionals. It is offered at 20 PGA accredited universities nationwide. The program provides students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the golf industry through extensive classroom studies and internship experience. When you graduate, in addition to your college degree, you become a PGA member.
PGA PGM Apprentice Program
The PGA PGM Apprentice Program is a self -study program for aspiring PGA Professionals. The program provides individuals the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success through on-the-job work experience activities and web-based learning. It is designed for individuals already working in the golf industry who want to achieve PGA Membership.
Playing Ability Test
The Playing Ability Test is a exam used to determine if an individual has a minimum level of golf playing proficiency required to be a PGA Professional. The test encompasses 36-holes usually played in one day. An individual passes by turning in a score equal to or less than a target score (changes based on facility). Click below for more information
The SOPGA Junior Tour was founded in 2008. The Tour offers a superior junior golf experience. Our goal is to help develop younger golfers as well as provide outstanding competitions on a local level. In addition, this program strives to foster sportsmanship and integrity among its members.