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How to become a PGA Professional

The PGA's training courses are tried and tested and helped put me on the pathway to success. - Ian Poulter, PGA Professional

"Your vision may be crystal clear, but without a plan it's just a dream, which is why becoming a qualified member of the PGA has provided me with a secret weapon and the solid foundations and springboard for my playing career.

"Today's programme is even more technologically advanced than when I completed the diploma in 2000 and even if you pursue a career on the Tour the depth of knowledge and understanding of the game will always stand you in good stead".

A Career in Golf

Becoming a PGA professional unlocks the door to a rewarding and exciting career in a sport that spans the globe and is played by 60 million people. Many young golfers set their hearts on playing on tour alongside Tiger Woods and Co. but plenty of other opportunities exist in professional golf far beyond the confines of the golf course and PGA professionals fill many of these roles while also successfully playing. See Careers in Golf


The PGA, both regionally and nationally, organises upwards of 900 tournaments a year with prize money in excess of 3.5m. Joining the ranks of the PGA unlocks the door to a broad spectrum of career opportunities. PGA pros are top class players but are also experts in other areas of the golf industry whether managing and running clubs in a club pro role, coaching and teaching, utilising their equipment knowledge as custom-fit technicians or pursuing senior management roles such as director of golf posts.


Qualifying as a PGA professional is done via two routes. The first, and most popular, is by becoming a registered assistant at a PGA recognised golf facility where trainees complete a three year Foundation Degree in Professional Golf Studies, accredited by the University of Birmingham. The degree involves working through study guides, assignments, residential weeks at the National Training Academy at the PGA's Belfry headquarters, exams and attaining coaching awards. Among the subjects studied are golf coaching, sports science, equipment technology, business management, marketing, golf rules and tournament administration.

The second route into the PGA is via a three year BA Hons Degree in Applied Golf Management Studies at the University of Birmingham. The AGMS is the first degree of its kind in the UK and is ideal for golfers interested in pursuing senior managerial roles in golf.

Admission process

Stage 1. Application Pack - January-July. Pack is available from January to July and can be requested by emailing or calling 01675 470333. Check entry criteria here where there is also more information on the foundation degree.

Stage 2. Admission Pack - March-July. Pack is sent out in March to all who have their application accepted. Includes Preliminary Stage Booking Forms for Admission Review Programme (ARP) and Playing Ability Test (PAT ), required if you are not scratch handicap.

Stage 3. Preliminary Stage - April-September.
The two day Admission Review Programme and Playing Ability Test start in late April and finish in September. These are COMPULSORY. Note - it does not matter which way round you book them.
It is important that you complete these as early as possible so that you can send in your Contracts to start the course.
Any stage passed is honoured for TWO years and you MUST pass these to progress to the course.

Stage 4. Contracts - April - September. Contracts must be submitted by September latest for an October 1 start date. Your PGA Professional must download your contract and YOU will send the completed document in with enrolment forms.
Note, you MUST have a contract from a PGA Professional stating you will be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in order to be accepted on the programme.

You will LOSE your amateur status as soon as your contract is accepted.

To find out more about how to become a PGA professional including entry requirements follow the links for Applied Golf Management Studies and Foundation Degree.

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