To become a Class A member of the PGA, you must be employed in the golf industry for 12 months, pass a playing-abilities test, go through a professional-readiness orientation and pay all PGA apprentice fees.
Becoming a Class A member of the PGA gives you credibility when teaching your students the finer points of the game. However, that title doesn't make you a good teacher. In addition to having the skills yourself, you must be able to demonstrate them to your students and advise them of errors and flaws. You must also listen to questions and answer them. It's all about communication when you are working with students.
As a PGA Class A member, you will be the head pro at a PGA-recognized course. This means you are not only teaching students, but you also are in charge of all employees who keep the golf course running and teach other students. A keen business mind is vital but once again, communication is the key to becoming outstanding in this area.