Meeting the Criteria

For the Foundation Degree in Professional Golf and the Diploma in Higher Education in Professional Golf

You MUST:

• be a Category 1 golfer with a playing handicap of less than 4.4 (men and less than 6.4 (women). If your handicap is between 3.5 and 4.4 (men and 5.5 and 6.4 (women) you will be required to pass a playing ability test 
• pass an appropriate disclosure background check
• have employment in a golf facility, under the instruction of a PGA Professional. Click for the latest Training application vacancies

Education qualifications required vary by location. Click here to find out more

For the Applied Golf Management Studies and Professional Golf BA

You MUST:
• achieve the required education qualifications
• pass an appropriate disclosure background check

Please note: To become a Member of The PGA you MUST:

• be a Category 1 golfer with a playing handicap of less than 4.4 (men and less than 6.4 (women). If your handicap is between 3.5 and 4.4 (men and 5.5 and 6.4 (women) you will be required to pass a playing ability test.

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Playing Ability Test

The 36-hole playing ability test for golf is something you must pass if you want to become a PGA Professional.

The Playing Ability Test or "PAT" is a measure of golfing ability. It means PGA Professionals have the skills needed to teach and grow the game.

The target score will be the par of the course multiplied by two, plus fifteen.

There is no limit to the amount of PAT attempts a student may have. They are held at regional venue’s and currently cost £55 per each attempt. Students need to book their own PAT directly with the PGA Regional staff.

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Playing Ability Test

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