Skip to Content

Become a Member

There are three pathways to becoming a PGA Member:

  1. PGA Professional Golf Management (PGM) Associates Program
  2. PGA Golf Management University Program

While the associates and university programs differ in significant ways, both pathways require completion of the same PGA PGM curriculum, work experience, PGA Playing Ability Test, and employment or internship requirements. The courses cover content and activities every PGA Professional should know and be able to demonstrate when they enter the profession as a PGA member.

PGA Professional Golf Management (PGM) Program

The PGA PGM Program provides world-class training for aspiring golf professionals by offering skill-based training programs that provide state-of-the-art skills and knowledge. Graduates of this program will become outstanding golf professionals who provide exceptional service to their customers, employers, fellow professionals and the game of golf.

In order to become a PGA member via this method, you will need to become a registered apprentice and go through the program, which includes getting a background check, completing the required courses, pass the Playing Ability Test (PAT), and meet the required employment eligibility requirements. Click here to learn more about the program and to register.

PGA Golf Management University Program

The PGA Golf Management University Program, a 4.5- to 5-year college curriculum for aspiring PGA Professionals is offered at PGA accredited universities nationwide. The program provides students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the golf industry through extensive classroom studies and internship experience. When you graduate, in addition to your college degree, you become a PGA member with 100 percent job placement.

This program is currently offered at 19 universities nationwide, each with specific entry requirements. Financial assistance is offered to eligible students in the form of scholarships, work-study programs, loans, and grants.

Click here to learn more about the program, download a fact sheet, sign up.

Playing Ability Test

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 36-hole playing ability test is something you must pass, along with the other requirements to become a PGA Professional.

Below is the schedule of PAT’s scheduled within the Northern California PGA Section:

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 Metropolitan Golf Links, Oakland, CA
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 San Jose Municipal GC, San Jose, CA
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 Wildhawk Golf Club, Sacramento, CA
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 San Jose Municipal GC, San Jose, CA
Thursday, August 8, 2024 Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento, CA
Wednesday, August 28, 2024 Sierra Sage Golf Course, Reno, NV
Tuesday, September 24, 2024 San Jose Municipal GC, San Jose, CA
Click here to schedule your PAT, or call PGA Membership Services at (800) 474-2776.