Frequently Asked Questions…
What happens if I do not pass the playing ability portion of the course? Can I still become certified?
Yes, on the following:
1. Provided you have passed the written and teaching sections of the 5 day on-site course (or achieve at least 85% on the written exam of the home study course) and you are within 4 strokes of the target s core, you may, upon returning home and within a 12-month period, submit to the PGTAA, 4 attested score cards of 83 or less on any championship course (6,000+ yards). These score cards must be attested by at least two playing partners along with their scores on the same card or alternatively, signed by the local professional if he/she is familiar with your game.
2. Provided you have passed the written and verbal teaching sections of the 5 day on-site course (or the written section of the home study course), but your combined score is beyond 4 strokes of the target score, then the following scenario to upgrade your certification is required:
You must return to any PGTAA certification course within a 12-month period and successfully redo only the PAT portion with a PGTAA instructor. The administrative fee is $200, which includes green and cart fees. Accommodations, if needed, can be arranged at an extra cost.
Please contact Susan Lotz (760.777.1925) in Membership Services prior to proceeding to assure correct processing.
Q. Do you have a Seniors Division?
Yes. This is for those members age 50 and over in both Men’s and Women’s divisions. Seniors make ideal teachers!
Q.Are there ongoing fees to belong to the PGTAA?
There is an annual $100 fee for the issuance of current year membership cards, PUD facilitation, replacement cards if needed, replacement certificates and PGTAA bag tags.. This is based on an annual anniversary date of enrolment.
Students who have not completed their certification after one year of enrolling, will still pay, as Associate Members (studying but not certified), $100.00
Q: What is the PGTAA’s primary mission for you as a teacher?
We want you to learn about your student before you actually teach them and give lessons. Your main goal is to try extremely hard to tailor your instruction methodology to suit each student’s wants and needs. Your job and primary goal is to increase your student’s enjoyment of the game. This can be different for every golfer but it is your job to help all of your students to have more fun in the future, no matter what level of golfer you currently they are. Their skills set will improve if you identify with your student and identify their idiosyncrasies and needs.
Q: What method of teaching is used at the PGTAA?
We don’t have a method. The PGTAA’s teaching philosophy is based in solid fundamentals and simple practice techniques. Every student has different needs depending on their size, strength, coordination, past experience, available practice time and other factors. We teach you how to devise a plan to suit your own style of teaching and that of your student’s personal needs.
Q: What results can I expect after I become certified?
Most of your improvement, just like any health or weight-loss plan, is dependent on you and how dedicated you are to your goals. At the PGTAA, we will do everything we can to give you the tools you need to teach students and to market your services. Once you have a clear understanding of our fundamentals, how to teach them, and how to market yourself, your improvement as a teacher and your increased revenue/earnings, should come very easily.