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

To register for a PAT please call PGA National at 1-800-474-2776. The MAPGA does not take registration for PAT’s. The date will become a hyperlink when information on the PAT has been posted. 

Playing Ability Tests Schedule
May 8 PAT Green Hill CC
Site fee: $60
Tee Times
Quantico, Md.
May 23 PAT Chantilly G&CC
Site fee: $60
Tee Times
Centreville, Va.
June 5 PAT Ford's Colony CC (Blue Heron Course)
Site fee: $60
Tee Times
Williamsburg, Va.
June 27 PAT Swan Point Y&CC
Swan Point, Md.
July 12 PAT Musket Ridge GC
Site fee: $60
Tee Times
Myersville, Md.
August 21 PAT Birdwood GC
Site fee: $60
Tee Times
Charlottesville, Va.
October 2 PAT Great Hope GC
Site fee: $60
Tee Times
Westover, Md.
October 17 PAT Kingsmill Resort (Plantation Course)
Site fee: $60
Tee Times
Williamsburg, Va.