Become a PGA Member

Professional Logo

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 2021. Please contact Kristine Hofmann at the Section office to register (540) 784-4723 or khofmann@pgahq.com.

 Thursday, December 3rd 2020

Thursday, February 4th

Thursday, April 1st

Thursday, June 3rd

Thursday, August 5th

Thursday, October 7th

Thursday, December 2nd

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 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
Registration Link Coming Soon
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
Registration Link Coming Soon
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
Registration Link Coming Soon
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
Registration Link Coming Soon
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
Registration Link Coming Soon
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
Registration Link Coming Soon
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
Registration Link Coming Soon
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
Registration Link Coming Soon
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
Registration Link Coming Soon
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
Registration Link Coming Soon
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
Registration Link Coming Soon