How to Become a PGA Professional
Choosing to become a PGA Golf Club Professional can open many different opportunities within the golf industry in the UK and across the world.
The responsibilities of golf pros include: providing golf lessons, organizing tee times, working in the pro shop and consulting on equipment, arranging golf tournaments and keeping golfers informed on ground conditions.
There are two main routes to becoming a qualified PGA Professional, both routes involve academic study and work placements: the main difference being the ratios.
The two pathways are full-time and part-time, both built to meet the needs of the golf industry and PGA Professionals. Both will provide you with the skills and knowledge relevant to a career in golf.
The University of Birmingham and The University of Highlands & Islands provide the courses which are delivered by the PGA.
The part-time study option will involve you primarily studying via distance learning & also working a 30-hour week within a golf environment. The part-time PGA Professional courses are as follows.
- Foundation Degree in Professional Golf Studies – University of Birmingham
- Professional Golf PGA Diploma in Higher Education – University of Highlands & Islands
The full-time study option will still allow you the opportunity to go on work placements in a golf environment, both full-time PGA Professional courses are as follows;
- Applied Golf Management Studies – Honours Degree, University of Birmingham
- Professional Golf BA – Honours Degree, University of Highlands & Islands
Once you have successfully completed your PGA course you will have gained many skills and qualifications, which include:
- Higher Education Qualification
- Golf Industry Work Experience
- ASQ Level 1 & 2 Certificates in Golf Coaching
- Child Protection Course Certificate
- First Aid Certificate
You will also gain the ability to compete in Professional Golf Tournaments
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Golf club professionals have options to work a variety of roles within golf. Some of these include:
- Head Golf Professional - overseeing operations at a club
- Golf Retail Store Manager – running a pro shop
- Rules Official – refereeing tournaments
- Director of Instruction – managing lessons and teaching programmes
- General Manager – running a golf club
- Tournament Director –overseeing tournaments