There are two primary pathways that lead to PGA Membership: the PGM Association Program and the PGM University Program.
PGA Affiliates are individuals who are not eligibly working as golf professionals and do not meet Associate eligibility, but may proceed through the Qualifying Level and Level 1 only of the PGA Professional Golf Management Program. PGA Affiliates are not Associates or Members of the Association, do not enjoy any rights and privileges of membership, do not receive an identification card, and are not covered by the Life, Liability Insurance or Member Assistance Program. Affiliates may retain amateur status and may have access to National and Section communication, websites, and National and Section meeting and education attendance at the discretion of the applicable National or Section body. PGA Affiliates do not have National or Section playing privileges based on specific tournament event eligibility.
The PGA Affiliate program allows individuals who do not meet Associate eligibility to complete Level 1 of the PGA Professional Golf Management Program. PGA Affiliates must then meet all Associate eligibility to register as an Associate in Level 2 to progress toward PGA of America Membership.