How to Become a PGA Teacher

By Kevin D. Boehler

PGA Teachers are a select group of individuals who have vast golf knowledge as well as being accomplished players themselves. To become a PGA teacher one must pass all requirements put fourth by the Professional Golfers Association (PGA).

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Enroll in a PGA accredited professional golf management (PGM) program at one of many colleges and universities that offer the program.
Step 2
Pass the Player Ability Test (PAT). The PAT is 36 holes of golf in one day in which the golfer must post a certain score in relation to par to show that they are good enough to become a member of the PGA. Each course has its own target score depending on their course rating.
Step 3
Complete three levels of testing (Checkpoints 1-3) that will prove your knowledge of the golf swing and all other aspects of a golf professional. The three levels of testing include standardized tests, interviews, seminars and a final presentation.
Step 4
Complete 16 months of internships at golf facilities of your choosing. These internships are usually broken into three three-month internships and one seven-month internship.
Step 5
Complete and pass all classes set forth by the college.

Tips & Warnings

Once enrolled there will be people who will help you work through all of the requirements and make sure that they are all met.
PGM is a time-consuming major that entails a lot of work and studying.

About The Author

Kevin Boehler attended the University of Nebraska, where he attained a degree in professional golf management. Boehler enjoys teaching golf to others, helping them not only play better, but love the game as well. He has a vast knowledge of the golf swing and a variety of other golf-related information.

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