Live Your Dream
Become a Professional Golf Teacher

Thank you for visiting the world’s premier professional golf teacher certification website. With golf becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and as the industry continues to grow at a record pace, opportunities for qualified golf teaching professionals abound both in the USA and worldwide.

Are you interested in becoming a professional golf teacher, a golf coach or a professional golf instructor? At the PGTAA we offer professional golf training, coaching and certification through our excellent golf training programs. The Professional Golf Teachers Association of America (PGTAA)’s golf training program is available through both a home study course or a 5 day onsite course. Your learning experience will be enormously rewarding and will definitely boost and enhance your golf career opportunities.

Home Study Course

5 Day Onsite Course

Professional Golf Teacher Certification

Professional Golf Teacher Certification


The juniors’ photo shown is that of my Intercultural 2009 golf school team. They are rated #1 on the Island of Okinawa.  (They defended their title magnificently against 14 other junior golf schools this past year).

Watch PGTAA On YouTube!

PGTAA’s Top 10 Products
South African Golf Visit
Palm Springs Best Golf Courses
A Palm Springs Visit

Read what others are saying about PGTAA and how becoming a certified professional golf teacher has been not only exciting but rewarding to the fullest.

Current Testimonials From Professional Golf Teachers Who Have Used PGTAA’s Certification Program



Due to the ever increasing demand from coaches at universities, colleges and high schools to be accredited and certified as Professional Golf Teachers, and with the PGTAA being the preferred institution of choice, we offer former and current PGA and LPGA members, USGTF and other “Teaching Schools” members, the opportunity to become PGTAA Certified.

Therefore, we are currently offering to those applicants who can verify that they carry a 5 or better handicap issued through the USGA or a similar organization, the opportunity to take the PGTAA exam and become a PGTAA Master Teaching Professional.

Applicants must obtain an 85% or higher pass rate on the 101 Question Open-Book Exam within 90 days of application.

The fee for this examination is $695.00 and you can sign up here.

PGTAA Master Teaching Professional
Head Coach Columbus State University



Next to the PGA, our certification and credentialization are the most highly sought after teaching designation in the golf industry.

In recognition of the industry’s growth, and in response to the demand for qualified teaching professionals, the PGTAA was established to provide extensive training to individuals as well as recognized golf teachers with years of experience behind them.

Not only will we teach you how to teach correctly, but also how to psychologically and philosophically motivate your students to become better golfers.

Becoming a PGTAA professional is probably one of the most important steps you will take during your professional golfing career. Becoming associated and certified by the PGTAA not only enhances your credibility but also enhances your teaching skills for the benefit of your future students and, naturally, your earning capacity.

PGTAA graduates have access to positions as golf teaching professionals including head professionals at both private and public country clubs, golf schools, driving ranges, golf learning centers, indoor facilities, high school and college coaches. Custom club makers have added golf teaching as a new dimension to their businesses. Members also hold positions as managers of both public and private golf facilities.

For club fitting professionals, enhancing your professionalism with the addition of our PGTAA Master Teaching Professional certification, is and will be a major catalyst in increasing revenue in your existing business or shops.

And don’t just take our word for it. See what some of our recent graduates have to say.

The PGTAA’s Refuse To Lose™ Philosophy Policy


Please don’t be fooled by imitators of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. It has come to our attention that several other organizations are attempting to hijack our reputation, our certification designations, mimic our unique programs, especially our Home Study module, and in some cases, leverage even our name as their own. The name “Professional Golf Teachers Association of the United States”,  formerly operated by National Golf Schools has ceased to exist after a settlement was reached between the parties.

The Professional Golf Teachers Association of America is and always will be the foremost 100% professional golf teaching certification institute in the world.

While these other programs and teaching organizations direct their marketing materials and resources to the targeting of all applicants (to cover their extensive advertising and marketing costs), whether qualified or not, the PGTAA’s philosophy and target market is that individual/golfer who desires to be a teaching professional in the field and not just an enthusiast. Since 1997 our mandatory personal telephone interview helps the PGTAA maintain their high level of members appreciated by all in the golf industry .

We do not offer various levels of certifications designed to separate you from your money and whose “membership/certification/levels of instructor” cards are useless and of zero value in the golf industry.

When comparing the PGTAA to ANY other teaching institution, whether PGA, LPGA or USGTF, our cost to become a fully certified golf teaching professional is $995.00 via the Home Study module or $2495.00 via the On-Site module. Going through the certification programs of the aforementioned organizations will cost you in excess of $5,000.00!

Most importantly, the PGTAA is 100% all about teaching.

The PGTAA has over 50 Tour players including Master’s, PGA and US Open Champions, who avail themselves of our members teaching expertise.

There is only one Professional Golf Teachers Association of America, and you can always find us at www.PGTAA.com

Click to learn more about our competitor’s false advertising and misrepresentation.

Sonny Gibbs with Asia’s rising star – Mika Miyazato

Visit our Photo Gallery

Read the PGTAA’s Latest testimonials


August 10, 2011

Before I chose the PGTAA as a partner, I took my time to take this decision because I wanted to be sure to find a good co-operation. I am very glad to tell that I have never since then regretted to have taken this decision to co-operate with the PGTAA. The PGTAA is on the way to be well-known and accredited in Germany. I already have several students and I really like being a Golf Teaching Pro. For the future, I see a great opportunity for the PGTAA because of its innovative concepts: it offers the possibility to find ones personal way of teaching and provides a way how to enter the world of golf as an independent entrepreneur.
Stephan Roedel


 June 20th: From a PGTAA graduate to a prospective student’s enquiry:

“When I graduated from the Golf Academy of America over ten years ago, I started a successful career in the golf industry working in tournament operations for a large junior golf association. I also had a passion for teaching golf and starting working with students of all ages and ability. Attending the Golf Academy of America gave me a comprehensive education in all aspects of the golf industry and allowed me to earn an advanced teaching certificate. While I was very qualified as an instructor, I found myself looking for membership in a professional organization that was solely focused on the teaching and coaching of the game of golf. The PGTAA was just such an organization! Membership in the PGTAA allows me to further network with other passionate instructors and coaches and gives me further exposure to the golf industry.”


Mark Shabaker

Director of Admissions

2001 GAA Alumnus – PTGAA Master Teaching Professoinal

Golf Academy of America, Phoenix Campus

2031 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 2

Chandler, AZ 85225





June 18, 2011


Words cannot express how excited I am to have passed the exam. I have 10 students already, all people I work with. They have been waiting for me to pass the test, I have 2 lessons on Monday!! I had created a pre-lesson document for each of them to fill out and I have had plenty of time to decide what I plan on teaching, so my golf teaching career begins!!!!

Feel free to use me as any type of testimony that will benefit PGTAA.

Thanks again for offering the opportunity to become a golf teacher.


Jerry Bollinger




June 15, 2011

I am 45 years of age and started playing golf when I was 33. I was a business man for over twenty years and decided to turn my passion into my profession. The PGTAA test covers the material that an excellent teacher has to know and I am convinced that a PGTAA Master Professional knows the same basics as a PGA Professional. The only difference is that PGTAA is more accessible and more personal and focused on success. I am happy with my accreditation by the PGTAA as a Master Professional. In July of this year I will do a portfolio exam for the Dutch PGA but until then I am an internationally recognized PGTAA Master Golf Professional. I definitely recommend this PGTAA program to everybody that wants to proof that they know the basics to excel as an excellent teacher. Teaching is like driving, the more you’re on the road the better you get. To all my future colleagues, isn’t it great to make people better at their passion?


Leonardus Leufkens

International PGTAA Master Golf Professional

E-mail: Leonardus.leufkens@live.nl This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



April 27th, 2011

I am in my mid 60’s and have played golf for 20 years, I really enjoy the game. I have taught many technical courses and even taught college at Pace University for a short time. I believe that teaching requires some universal traits, such as, passion for the subject, caring about the pupil, knowledge and skill. I have tried PGA instructors in the past and found them sadly lacking until a few years ago I found one that was exceptional, this led me to think I could also teach golf. In retirement I decided to expand my horizons. The PGA, although the most recognized, is overly expensive and would take more time than I could afford. I looked into The Golf Teachers Federation but the impression that I was left with is that it would be expensive to walk through the levels and it appeared that I might be nickel and dimed for upgrades and fees and although a few multiple choice questions as a test seemed much more simple than 100+ essay questions I was more interested in through than easy.

I decided on the home study with PGTAA. Their response was rapid, personal and professional. They provided a number of instruction manuals and books which covered every facet of the game and business necessary to give one the seeds for success. The 600+ page book on golf instruction was the more through than I could have imagined, every page covered a wealth of information. The marketing manuals were instructional and presented tried and proven marketing methods to assist in creating a successful business. I was pleased with all aspects of the program.

Personally I learned a great deal from the course. I found it helpful to read the supplied text thoroughly first and then while taking the test I reread the book and did research on the Internet. Some of the questions are not easily found in the text, some have multiple answers, and some challenge old habits and myths I have heard over the years. I found the questions to require in depth knowledge and experience. I feel that the essay format requires verbalization of the knowledge necessary to relay information to the pupil, without it one cannot teach.

I strongly recommend the PGTAA as a source for your son’s teaching credentials. At his age though I would also suggest that he investigate the additional option of formal education for the long term.

Jack Richter