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Become a Member

Become a PGA Member

There are two primary pathways that lead to PGA Membership: the PGM Association Program and the PGM University Program.

1. The PGM Associate Program

To become a PGA Member, you’ll need to become a registered Associate before completing the PGA Professional Golf Management (PGA PGM) Program.
– an award-winning educational program designed for aspiring PGA Professionals and focuses on the People, the Business and the Game.

2. The PGM University Program

The PGA Golf Management University Program accredited by The Professional Golfer’s Association of America (PGA) is a college degree program designed to attract and educate bright, highly motivated men and women to service all aspects of the industry and produce PGA Members.

Test-Out Option

If you are a current or former LPGA Member, you may be eligible for the test-out option. Click here to learn more

Affiliate 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.