How to join the PGA of South Africa
Qualifying as a PGA member
There are two ways in which you can qualify as a PGA member. One is to do the PGA's academic programme as a student at a tertiary institution; the other is to join the PGA as an apprentice member.
In the former the student remains an amateur and has the advantage of studying full time and playing in amateur tournaments. Students have to do some of their practical time while they are studying and make up the rest with the PGA as apprentices.
Apprentices on the other hand do their studies through the PGA while serving a 3 year apprenticeship. They have to be a 5 handicap or better, have matric and be employed by a fully qualified PGA member, and then join the PGA and give up their amateur status. On-site training is the backbone of training received by young professionals and the academic component is done via distance learning. Daily contact in a personal relationship with a professional often with many years' experience provides an ideal atmosphere for learning.
Both students and apprentices have to show their practical competency by passing a Custom Fitting Practical and Teaching Practical exams.
The apprentice also has to prove his Playing Ability by achieving a set standard of playing. The apprenticeship is not only a time of academic and practical application; it is also a time for the young pro to see how far he can take his game.
Whichever route is taken to attain full PGA status, the academic subjects done are the same:
This leaves the graduate with a broad knowledge of all aspects of the golf operation.
The programme presented is acquired from the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland and carries Foundation Degree status in the UK and Diploma status in South Africa. The PGA of South Africa is a member of the PGA of Europe and the training programme carries their accreditation & endorsement.
There are many career path options available to the PGA member:
The Gauteng graduates of 2014
Top graduate James Rolt receives his certificate from PGA Chairman Paul Marks and PGA CEO Ivano Ficalbi
Simone Burger receives her certificate
The PGA Apprentice Programme: Introduction, Application Process, Guidelines and Rules
Are you keen on becoming a Golf Professional (as opposed to a Professional Golfer? The PGA of South Africa runs an apprentice programme that is on a par with the best in the world and confers internationally accreditation status to its graduates.
If you wish to register please do not hesitate to contact the PGA head office on 011 485 1370.
Below is a summary of the process which you will undergo and criteria that will need to be fulfilled in order to qualify as a member of the PGA.
Registering with the PGA
To qualify to register with the PGA you must have:
The registration process:
Note: it is not always the case that if an apprentice is employed by a full member he will necessarily pass the interview and be accepted by the PGA
The enrolment process:
The academic year is from 1st of April to the 30th of March
You can register for the following academic year from the 1st November to the 31st of March. The PGA training academy will be closed between Christmas and New Year.
Note: An apprentice can begin the time component of his apprenticeship from March to October and he will be entitled to the privileges of an apprentice member. However when entering tournaments he is last in the priority list that is ordered from the academic years 3rd to 2nd to 1st and then to the "pre-academic apprentice".
Before an apprentice is allowed to coach he must pass his Teaching Ability Test.
The Training Process
The training of potential members has two main aspects. 'On-site' training is work done under the guidance and supervision of the employing professional. 'Academic' training refers to the courses organized for all trainees by the PGA Director of Training.
On-site training has been the backbone of training received by young professionals. Daily contact in a personal relationship with a professional often with many years' experience provides an ideal atmosphere for learning. Specific assignments are given and members of the PGA's training body carefully monitor every aspect of these.
Every trainee is required to attend three 'academic' training courses over a three year period which deals with aspects such as:
The programme presented is acquired from the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland and carries Foundation Degree status in the UK. The PGA of South Africa is a member of the PGA of Europe and the training programme carries their accreditation & endorsement.
Educational requirements to be fulfilled during your 3 year apprenticeship you need to:
The Playing Ability test
Professionals are required to be able to play golf to a suitable standard. During the apprenticeship the apprentice is required to score 4 scores of 5 over par or better in PGA tournaments. You are also required to keep an updated playing log and maintain a handicap.