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Routes into Coaching

Through The PGA’s training and education programmes, there are two routes to learn more about coaching:

  • Go through the PGA’s Training Programme to become a PGA Professional. Coaching and Sports Science sit within a wider array of subject area that lead to becoming a PGA Professional. If you are interested in becoming a PGA Professional please read How to become a PGA Professional.
  • Start with the ASQ awarded Coaching Qualifications (L1 upwards) and become a licensed volunteer assistant coach, helping grow the game through your actions, whilst maintaining your amateur status (a requirement for playing amateur golf at club, county or national/international level).

Successfully completing an ASQ Level 1 qualification and becoming licensed to operate as a volunteer assistant coach is not a short cut to becoming a PGA Professional. The Volunteer and Professional pathways are completely separate; at no point along the Volunteer pathway is there a transition point leading to becoming a PGA Member. 

Being a Volunteer coach

Volunteer coaches should be:

  • Supporting the delivery of coaching in their club or area through assisting a more qualified coach.
  • Recruited to assist or work alongside PGA Professionals in clubs or areas where there is a specified need for coaching.
  • Operating within their coach licence*; obtained once they have completed the coaching qualification. Any breach of this will result in the coaching license being withdrawn.
  • Abiding by the R&A’s Rules of Amateur Status and not receiving payment for their coaching activity.

*In order to obtain a Volunteer Golf Coach Licence (L1 or 2) you will need to evidence that you have:

  • Successfully completed the appropriate ASQ coaching qualification.
  • A valid and enhanced DBS check (England and Wales), or Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) (Scotland), Access NI (Northern Ireland) or Garda Vetting (Ireland)
  • a valid Child Protection Certificate (e.g. sports coach UK, Children 1st, NI Sports Council (Sport Northern Ireland) or Irish Sports Council Safeguarding and Protecting Children).

PGA Assistant Professionals

Please note that PGA Assistant Professionals enrolled on to the three-year PGA Training Programme undertake coaching qualifications at Levels 1 and 2 as part of their training. 

The initial course fees for both Level 1 and 2 are included within their Training Programme fees. Refunds cannot be given to anyone who completes either level prior to enrolment on to the PGA’s Training programme.  

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