Eligibility & Playing Privileges

National Requirements

Pass the Playing Ability Test. Even if you shot one 18-hole score in a PAT that is equal to or less than the PAT target score for 18- holes, plus 5 strokes and enrolled in the PGM program, you must pass the entire PAT before gaining Section playing privileges. Your PAT is good for two years if you have not become eligibly employed.

  • Be eligibly employed full-time six of the previous twelve months in an eligible employment classification (minimum of 40 hours per week) at a recognized golf facility or in a golf related position recognized under the PGA Constitution employment guidelines.

  • Register in the PGA PGM Program

1. Go to PGALinks.com and click on the “Learn How to Become a PGA Member” icon.

2. Click “How to Join (PRO)” in the left sidebar.

3. Follow the registration instructions and download the apprentice registration form.

4. Follow the link to the Fees Calculator and enter the information to determine your prorated dues.

5. Read the information below your dues total for the Level 1 kit cost. Within one week after submitting your application, call The PGA Fulfillment Center at (888) 742-5487, to order the Level 1 Kit.

6. Your completed application with supporting documents and appropriate fees should be sent to:

The PGA of America

Attn: Membership

100 Avenue of the Champions

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

7. Direct any questions about registering into the PGA PGM Program to Membership Services: (800) 474-2776.

Table of Contents

1 - Become a PGA Professional
2 - How to Join
3 - Associated Costs
4 - Eligibility & Playing Privileges