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Accessing Coaching Qualifications

As the lead organisation for coaching, The PGA is fully committed to working in partnership with the governing bodies of golf to further the growth and development of the game. 

Each Home Country has adopted a particular approach to the recruitment of such coaches in line with their specific development plans for growing the game of golf. 

Specific information relating to each Home Country can be accessed through the links below:

England Wales
Scotland Ireland

The PGA has adopted a planned approach to the delivery of the new coaching qualifications to ensure that coaches trained through the system are actively contributing to the development of golf within the Great Britain and Ireland. 

A full review of the existing coach education structure, following guidance from the quality standards of the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC), has led to the establishment of a coach-centred education system that meets the needs of coaches and, ultimately, players.

Within the system sits a coaching pathway which includes a range of qualifications to support novice to expert coaches based on the following descriptors:

What the qualified coach will be able to do: 

Level 1
Assist more qualified coaches, delivering aspects of coaching sessions, normally under direct supervision

Level 2
Prepare for, deliver and review coaching session(s)

Level 3
Plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes

Level 4
Design, implement and evaluate the process and outcome of long-term/specialist coaching programmes

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