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Membership Contact

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


PDR Requirements

Effective for PDR Cycle 17: June 16, 2022 – June 15, 2025
The PDR Cycle is from June 16, 2022 through June 15, 2025. Where credits are restricted per cycle year, the PDR Cycle Year is defined as June 16th of one year to June 15th of the next year.
  1. Total Credits (54) ‐ A total of 54 credits must be earned, with at least 30 credits from Required Education Credits/Specified Player Engagement Programs and at least 6 credits from the Required Meeting/National Surveys Credits, while the other means of obtaining credits toward the total requirement remain per the prior program.
  2. 30 Required Credits ‐ PGA Approved Education, Professional Standards Education/Training and/or Specified PGA Player Engagement Programs
  3. 6 Required Credits ‐ PGA Meeting Attendance and/or National Survey Completion
    1. All credits earned in the Required Category are also credited toward the Total Category.

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 screenshots for 1 PDR 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.

For more information regarding PDR credits, CLICK HERE. Please contact Membership Director Kristine Alonso at the Section office if you have any questions regarding PDR credits at kalonso@pgahq.com or (540) 784-4723.

30 Required Credits ‐ PGA Approved Education, Professional Standards Education/Training, and Specified PGA Player Engagement Programs:

  • Attending career-specific education, including serving as a speaker/instructor. Attending education on topics such as youth safety, diversity, equity and inclusion, and mental health wellbeing. 1 credit per hour of attendance.
  • It is recommended that education be completed within one’s current, or desired career path (Executive Management, Golf Operations, or Teaching and Coaching)
  • Any online education must have an assessment which is successfully completed.
  • Specified Player Engagement Programs – Credited Per Below
  • PGA HOPE Clinics (1 credit for an hour or each hour of participation, up to six credits per PDR cycle year
  • PGA Junior League (6 credits per team/season, maximum of two PGA Members earning credit per team/season, up to twelve credits per PDR cycle year
  • PGA Family Cup ‐ (6 credits per team/season, maximum of two PGA Members earning credit per team/season, up to twelve credits per PDR cycle year
  • PGA Junior Camps – (2 credits per camp week, up to six credits per PDR cycle year)
  • Drive Chip & Putt ‐ Host PGA Professional ‐ 4 PGA Required PDR credits. Other PGA Professionals participating/volunteering ‐ 2 PGA Required PDR credits for five to eight hours participation, 1 PGA Required credit for four hours participation, up to eight credits per PDR cycle year.

6 Required Credits ‐ PGA Meeting Attendance and National Survey Completion:

  • Attending National, Section, or Chapter Meetings, including Board and Committee Meetings – 1 credit per hour of attendance. (If a meeting is offered both in‐person and virtual, in‐person attendees will receive full credit, while virtual attendees will receive half (1/2) credit.
  • Completing National Surveys (such as: Compensation Survey, Annual Operations Survey, Member Offering Survey, Career Planning Survey, Revenue Scorecard) – max 2 credits per National survey, per cycle year

54 Total Credits ‐ Credits Toward the Total Requirement:

  • Serving the Section, Chapter, National PGA, or Allied Association. Participating in the advancement of the game activities such as radio shows, TV shows, speeches, golf promotional non‐playing events, golf clinics, and other volunteer activities, such as non‐playing tournament official. Section Surveys. (1 credit per hour of participation with a maximum of 8 credits per day)
  • Serving as a golf coach or assistant golf coach of a high school/college golf team in a capacity not considered the Member’s primary employment. (Maximum of 6 credits per PDR cycle year)
  • Participation in Section sanctioned golf tournaments or tournaments conducted by the PGA of America National Office. (2 credits per Section event. 4 credits per National event)
  • Attending a National, Section, or Allied Association Merchandise Show. (Maximum of 8 credits per PDR cycle year. 2 credits per show)
  • PGA approved news, media, and magazine articles or published book. (Maximum of 4 credits per PDR cycle year. 1 credit per article)
  • PGA National Club Championship ‐ 1 credit per year for submitting the Club Champion.
  • High School Seminars ‐ 2 credits for participating
  • NCCGA Event Host ‐ 2 credits for hosting
  • NCCGA Coach ‐ 6 credits for coaching per season
  • City Tour ‐ 2 credits for hosting

The PDR Cycle is from June 16, 2022, through June 15, 2025. Where credits are restricted per cycle year, the PDR Cycle Year is defined as June 16th of one year to June 15th of the next year.

  1. Total Credits (54) ‐ A total of 54 credits must be earned, with at least 30 credits from Required Education Credits/Specified Player Engagement Programs and at least 6 credits from the Required Meeting/National Surveys Credits, while the other means of obtaining credits toward the total requirement remain per the prior program.
  2. 30 Required Credits ‐ PGA Approved Education, Professional Standards Education/Training, and/or Specified PGA Player Engagement Programs
  3. 6 Required Credits ‐ PGA Meeting Attendance and/or National Survey Completion
    1. All credits earned in the Required Category are also credited toward the Total Category.

 

Download a copy of the PDR requirements

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 2022;

  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10th
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 7th
  • THURSDAY, MAY 26th
  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st
  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th

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.

Registration links for each site will be available shortly.

Date & Site Fee Phone Number & Registration
April 5th
PAT CC of Petersburg
Petersburg, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (804) 733-4451
Register
May 9th
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 23rd
PAT Ruggles GC
Proving Ground, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (410) 278-4794
Register
June 20th
PAT Meadowbrook GC
Chesterfield, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (804)-275-7865
Register
July 18th
PAT Old Trail GC
Crozet, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (434) 823-8101
Register
August 1st
PAT Montgomery CC
Gaithersburg, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (240) 912-9515
Register
August 8th
PAT Hobbs Hole GC
Tappahannock, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (804)-443-4500
Register
August 15th
PAT Stoneleigh G & CC
Round Hill, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (540)-338-4653
Register
September 6th
PAT Eaglewood GC
Langley AFB, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (757)-764-4547
Register
September 12th
PAT Clustered Spires GC
Frederick, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (301) 600-1295
Register
October 11th
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 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

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

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PGA Professional Golf Management Program
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