Education

Our training programme

Our training programme

The PGA Training Programme is a dynamic and exciting course designed exclusively to meet the needs of the golf industry and aspiring PGA Professionals.

The programme provides you with the skills and knowledge relevant to a career in golf and eligibility to membership of the PGA.

As a qualified PGA Professional you will also have access to a career structure offering global wide career opportunities.

All of our education programmes will allow you to ultimately study for a full Honours degree.

Become a PGA Professional

Study in the way that suits you

Graduation from the Training Programme can lead to a variety of career opportunities around the world.

There are both part-time and full-time higher education routes. Whilst studying part-time, you’ll be working in a golf environment for a minimum of 30-hours per week. With the full-time on campus University courses, you’ll have opportunities to go on work placements in a golf environment.

Register your interest

Click here to fill in a simple form to register your interest.

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Meeting the criteria

Before applying, there are some requirements you must meet.

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Study with The PGA

Find out more about the PGA courses available to you.

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Latest Training Vacancies

All applicants must have employment in a golf facility, under a PGA Professional.

Latest Roles

Upon successful completion of the PGA Training Programme you will have gained:

  • A qualification in higher education, either a FdSc (or DipHE in Scotland) or a full Honours degree
  • Work experience in a golf environment,
  • Both ASQ Level 1 and 2 certificates in golf coaching,
  • Certification of completion of a Child Protection course,
  • A First Aid Certificate,
  • Experience in playing in Professional golf events.

Click the video, to find out more about the training programme from Paul Wiseman, Executive Director of Education, Simon Hubbard, Head of the PGA Training Programme and past graduates. 

For more information on the courses, click here.

Careers for a PGA Pro

Qualifying as a PGA Pro opens up a world of opportunities, which includes work in Retail, Manufacturing, Media or Golf Facility Management.

Below are some examples of roles PGA Professionals do. To view more roles, visit our Careers Page.

Coaching Elite Players

PGA Master Professional Phil Kenyon speaks about his role as coach to some of the best golfers in the world.

Head Professional

Head Professional

Colin Sinclair is the head professional at eight-time Open Championship venue Carnoustie. Colin reveals what it is like to work at an Open Championship venue.

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Head of Academy at Topgolf UK

Head of Academy at Topgolf UK

Andrew Agnoli is the Head of Academy at Topgolf UK. Find out more about Andrew's role.

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Your Own Brand Golf

Your Own Brand Golf

Entrepreneurial PGA pros Tom Armitage and Rob Woolhouse turned a passion for logoed merchandising into a career by creating their own company - YOB (Your Own Brand) golf.

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Become a Volunteer Coach

If becoming a PGA Professional is not an option then you could look to become a volunteer coach. You can support the delivery of coaching in your club by assisting a more qualified coach.

Starting with the ASQ awarded Coaching Qualifications (L1 upwards) you can 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.

To find out how you can take your first steps into coaching, click here.

Become a Volunteer Coach

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