Become a PGA Member

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There are three pathways that lead to PGA membership:
•    PGA PGM Associate Program
•    PGA Golf Management University Program
•    Test-out option for current and former LPGA members

While the associate and university programs differ in significant ways, both pathways require completion of the same PGA PGM curriculum, work experience, PGA Playing Ability Test, and employment or internship requirements.

The courses cover content and activities every PGA Professional should know and be able to demonstrate when they enter the profession as a PGA member.
The Reciprocity test-out option is available for either current or former LPGA Class A Tour Player members or current LPGA Class A Teaching and Club Professional division members only.

The first few steps can be found below.  For more information and questions feel free to contact the MAPGA’s Membership Director Kristine Hofmann at (540) 784-4723 or call 1-800-4PGAPRO.

1.    Complete a Background Check
2.    Register and test out of an online pre-qualifying course

3.    Satisfy the Playing Ability Test (PAT) requirement.  The MAPGA PAT schedule is listed below.
4.    Register into the PGA PGM associate program.

Click here to get started!

ASSOCIATE ORIENTATION

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 if you earn your playing privileges within the Section. Below are the Orientation dates for 2019. Please contact Kristine Hofmann at the Section office to register (540) 784-4723 or khofmann@pgahq.com.

Thursday, June 4th

Thursday, August 6th

Thursday, October 1st

 Thursday, December 3rd

To register for a PAT please CLICK HERE or call PGA National at 1-800-474-2776.

The MAPGA does not take registration for PAT’s.

Tee times will be posted one week before the event.

PAT Adjustments for COVID-19:

Playing Ability Test Qualifying Score:  While PATs are currently not being conducted, individuals may temporarily submit verification of a handicap index of ten or less, to satisfy the PAT Qualifying Score in order to register as an Associate.  This is commensurate with the current parameters of the Qualifying Score, listed in the chart on this page:

 

All individuals who enter in this manner will still need to eventually fully pass the Playing Ability Test to elect into PGA Membership.

 
Playing Ability Test Validity:  As PSI testing centers are currently closed, individuals who cannot test out of the PQ Level in order to register as an Associate will have their eight year PAT validity extended until such time reasonable to test out and register.
 
Qualifying Level: Anyone who has a current open Qualifying Level will have six months added to their start date.  Anyone who has completed the Qualifying Level and has an open Qualifier Eligible, will have that date extended by six months.  Individuals purchasing the Qualifying Level now will be given a nine (9) month window to complete.   
PAT Schedule  
April 21, 2020
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
Postponed
May 4, 2020
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
Postponed until further notice
Rescheduled for July 13, 2020
May 18, 2020
PAT Bide-A-Wee GC
Portsmouth, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (757) 393-8600
Registration
Rescheduled for August 12, 2020
June 9, 2020
PAT Musket Ridge GC
Myersville, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (301) 293-9930
Registration
June 22, 2020
PAT Locust Hill GC
Charles Toown, WV
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (304) 728-7300
Registration
July 6, 2020
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
Registration
July 8, 2020
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
Registration
July 27, 2020
PAT Williamsburg National GC
Williamsburg, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (757) 258-9642
Registration
August 10, 2020
PAT University of Maryland GC
College Park, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (301) 314-9788
Registration
September 21, 2020
PAT Woodholme GC
Pikesville, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (410) 486-3849
Registration
September 28, 2020
PAT Hidden Valley CC
Salem, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (540) 389-8146
Registration
October 6, 2020
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
Registration
October 26, 2020
PAT Bowling Green GC (North Course)
Front Royal, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (540) 635-2024
Registration