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Fancy being a PGA Pro? There are now three centres offering high level training

PGA training opens up a wide range of career options for you to choose from

Do you love golf? Would you like to tee up wide-ranging career opportunities in an industry that is worth €15.1billion a year to the European economy and offers employment prospects in 70-plus countries worldwide?

If the answer is yes then read on as qualifying as a PGA Professional is a step towards realising that dream.

While to the average person in the street, the mention of golf professional might conjure up thoughts of modern day superstars such as Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Charley Hull, the reality is that there is an army of more than 7,000 PGA qualified golf professionals, equally talented in their own right, employed in golf.

Members, who come through the training and education programmes, go on to fulfil a range of roles in the industry, from traditional club pro through to retailer and entrepreneur, custom-fit technician, sports scientist, director of golf and club manager.

GRASSROOTS

Many, of course, pass on their passion for the game through coaching, from grassroots level all the way up to the Tour coach such as the likes of Irish PGA pro Michael Bannon who is Rory McIlroy’s full-time coach.

PGA qualification is achieved through the PGA’s world leading education programmes which are delivered through its partnerships with the University of Birmingham and the University of Highlands and Islands.

The PGA Training Programme sees students combine working at a golf facility and on the job learning plus distance learning through a Foundation Degree in Professional Golf Studies. A similar option is now available in Scotland with a new Diploma in Higher Education in Professional Golf.

There is also an honours degree route to PGA qualification through an Applied Golf Management Studies degree at the University of Birmingham and a degree in Professional Golf at the University of Highlands and Islands.

SKILLS

All students also attend a week long residential at The PGA’s headquarters at the four-time Ryder Cup venue The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield.

Here they learn the skills and disciplines underpinning PGA qualification - from coaching and sports science, through to equipment technology and fitting through to retailing, business and marketing.

To find out more about the career options in golf, check out How To Become A PGA Professional on pga.info

The section includes video interviews with a range of aspiring PGA pros including current Ladies European Tour players Lydia Hall and Connie Chen, former international hockey player Chloe Rogers plus an array of other PGA Assistants setting out on their journeys to realise their dreams of a career in golf.

Golfers with a disability, who previously might not have had the chance to qualify, are now also able to train as PGA Professionals as long as they meet revised handicap requirements.

To find out more about how you can become a PGA Professional visit pga.info/pga-professional/how-to-become-a-pga-professional.aspx

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