Become a PGA Member

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

While the apprentice 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 Kelly Lawson at 540-720-7420 or call 1-800-4PGAPRO.

1.    Complete a Background Check – Click Here
2.    Register and test out of an online pre-qualifying course – Click Here
3.    Satisfy the Playing Ability Test (PAT) requirement. Click Here.  The MAPGA PAT schedule is listed below.
4.    Register into the PGA PGM apprentice program.  Click Here

Playing Ability Tests Schedule
March 28 PAT Chantilly G&CC
703-631-9562
Site fee: $60
Centreville, VA
April 19 PAT PB Dye GC
301-607-4653
Site fee: $60
Ijamsville, MD
April 25 PAT Greenbrier CC
757-547-7375
Site fee: $60
Chesapeake, VA
May 9 PAT Bay Club - East Course
410-641-4081
Site fee: $60
Berlin, MD
June 13 PAT Waynesboro CC
540-942-9340
Site fee: $60
Waynesboro, VA
July 11 PAT Wintergreen - Stoney Creek
434-325-8237
Site fee: $60
Nellysford, VA
August 8 PAT Musket Ridge GC
301-293-9930
Site fee: $60
Myersville, MD
October 6 PAT Hanover CC
804-752-6596
Site fee: $60
Pairings
October 17 PAT Montgomery CC
240-912-9529
Site fee: $60
Pairings
October 17 PAT Green Hill Y&CC
410-749-1605
Site Fee: $60
Quantico, Md.
8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start W/ Continuous Play