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Membership Contact

Kristine Alonso
Membership Director
(540) 784-4723 | kalonso@pgahq.com

MSR Requirements

Effective for MSR Cycle 15A: June 16, 2018 – June 15, 2022

PGA Members are required to earn 54 total MSR credits for a three-year cycle; at least 36 of those must come from Meeting/Education/Player Development. These credits are commonly referred to as the “required category.” These consist of but are not limited to, Section and Chapter meetings and education seminars, as well as various PGA of America-approved Player Development Programs. You may also attend Non-Section education seminars as long as they are career-specific and you are highly encouraged to contact the Section office BEFORE attending to confirm you will earn credit.

The other category is referred to as the “total category.” These credits can be obtained through a wide variety of activities including, but not limited to, playing in Section tournaments, volunteering at Section Consumer Events, and having an article you wrote published in a golf publication.

If you are participating in online education, there are specific course requirements to be eligible for credits. Those requirements are outlined below:

  1. The program must be at least an hour long and have at least 30 screen shots for 1 MSR to be awarded.
  2. The program must have an assessment associated with it consisting of 8-10 questions per hour of content.
  3. PGA Education must be given access to the content and assessment for final approval, please email Todd Sammons at tsammons@pgahq.com and Nicole Pillay at NPillay@pgahq.com.
  4. Following approval, the Membership Department has reporting requirements that must be met as well.

Associate Orientations

Once you are a registered Associate, you must attend an Associate Orientation if you desire to participate in Section tournaments. All Orientations are conducted at the MAPGA Section office and cost $25.00 to attend. You will take a 50 question rules test that will determine whether you earn your playing privileges within the Section. Below are the Orientation dates for 2021;

  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 1ST
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 3RD
  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 5TH
  • THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7TH
  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2ND

Playing Ability Test (PAT)

The Playing Ability Test or “PAT” is a measure of golfing ability. It means PGA Professionals have the skills needed to teach and grow the game. The 36-hole playing ability test is something you must pass to become a PGA Professional.

Date Fee Registration
April 13th
PAT Great Hope GC
Westover, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: 410-651-5900
Register
May 3rd
PAT Worthington Manor GC
Urbana, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: 301-874-5400
Register
May 17th
PAT Sleepy Hole GC
Suffolk, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: 757-538-4100
Register
June 22nd
PAT Shenandoah Valley GC
Front Royal, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: 540-636-4653
Register
July 12th
PAT CC of the Highlands
Chesterfield, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: 804-796-4800
Register
July 12th
PAT Argyle CC
Silver Spring, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: 301-598-6949
Register
July 26th
PAT Old Hickory GC
Woodbridge, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: 703-580-9000
Register
August 2nd
PAT Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech
Radford, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: 540-633-6732
Register
September 20th
PAT Kiln Creek GC & Resort
Newport News, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: 757-988-3212
Register
October 12th
PAT Ocean Pines GC
Ocean Pines, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: 410-641-6057
Register
October 25th
PAT Bowling Green CC
Front Royal, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: 540-635-2040
Register

Click here to learn more about the Playing Ability Test.
Click here to view PAT Policies and Procedures.

Become A Member

There are two primary pathways that lead to PGA Membership:

PGA Professional Golf Management 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 that focuses on the People, the Business, and the Game.

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The PGA Golf Management University Program
The PGA Golf Management University Program, accredited by The Professional Golfers’ 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.

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