Becoming a PGA of Canada Professional is an exciting and rewarding career path in which the steps to becoming one are designed to support and assist candidates in achieving his or her goals. Our members are proud to be a part of the second oldest Professional Golfers’ Association in the world.
The PGA of BC consists of over 680 men and women located at over 200 facilities throughout the province. These dedicated Professionals have chosen the game of golf as a career path, and assist in promoting the game to over 800,000 of British Columbia’s golfers. They are passionate about the game of golf and have gone through various education programs, seminars, and workshops to become both experts and leaders in the industry.
All individuals wishing to join the PGA of Canada will be required to enter the PACE Program by becoming a “Candidate for Membership”, which is a non-voting membership category. All applicants must successfully meet or complete the entrance requirements listed below:
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Completed High School Diploma or High School Equivalent
- Must be employed in the Golf Industry
- Register online between January 1 – June 1
- Pay your PGA of BC Zone Application Fee
- Pass the Playing Ability Test (PAT)
- PAT Exemption Criteria (PAT Exemption)
- Complete the Police/Background Check
1. Register online with accompanying registration fee: The onus is on the applicant to meet the minimum requirements of golf industry employment, age, education and police screening – verified by supporting documents sent to the Zone Office. The $225(+GST) National Application Fee allows an individual to remain an applicant for a one-year period from the date of application, or 5 Playing Ability Test attempts. The Applicant will also be responsible for paying the PGA of BC Zone Application Fee ($500+GST) at this time. If an individual does not advance through the program during this time, they must register again and pay both the National and Zone registration fees again. Please note that registrations are only accepted between January 1 and June 1 of any given year. Click here to register with the PGA of Canada.
2. Email confirmation sent to registrant and applicable Zone: The Zone location will be based on the address of the registrant’s golf industry employer. The registrant must also send proof of age and high school completion to the appropriate Zone office.
3. Upon complete registration: Once the registration is complete and both the National application fee and BC Zone Registration/PAT fee are paid, the registrant is then considered an Applicant and can access the ‘Applicants Only’ section of the PGA of Canada website, which will guide them through the requirements to become a Candidate for Membership.
Playing Ability Test (PAT)
Class 'A' Target Score: 15 strokes over twice the course rating, or less, for 36 holes (numbers above .4 rounded up, .4 and below rounded down)
Candidate for Membership Target Score: 20 strokes over twice the course rating, or less, for 36 holes (numbers above .4 rounded up, .4 and below rounded down)
Sanctioned PAT: A golf event sanctioned by the Zone Board to be a PAT qualifier. Events must be 36 holes with at least one certified Level 3 Rules Official in attendance. Applicants must register with the host golf professional in advance and pay applicable fees.
Formal PAT: PATs conducted by the Zone and having the same requirements as the sanctioned events.
Please note the following:
- An applicant must declare their intent to attempt the PAT online in the Applicant section of the PGA of Canada website and must also confirm directly with Branden Stewart at the BC Zone office prior to attempting the PAT.
- Applicants must pay the BC Zone Application fee directly to the Zone office prior to their first PAT attempt. This fee is due for the formal PAT, sanctioned events, or an exemption. The applicant will only pay the fee once for five attempts. An Applicant will be permitted to attempt a maximum of five (5) PAT opportunities per year.
- An Applicant is permitted to play in sanctioned events in other zones but may only play the Formal Zone PAT in the home zone; however, the PAT fee is payable to the Zone in which the Applicant is registered.
Playing Ability Test Exemptions:
In recognition of demonstrated playing ability, an Applicant will be awarded an exemption from the PAT requirement based on the following criteria:
- Documented qualifying PAT score from a foreign PGA within the past six years that meets the current PGA of Canada Playing Ability Test standard
- Shooting a 36 hole score in a recognized tour event within the past six years that meets the current PGA of Canada Playing Ability Test standard (incl. Women's PGA Championship of Canada)
- Past PGA of Canada National Champions
- Past Scores from Recognizable Events such as high level Amateur, Professional, College and/or University events within the past six years. To apply, please forward links to your scores to Darcy Kral at email@example.com.
- Events must be at least two rounds in length, a Rules Official present, and we require the course rating for the event/tees played. The Membership Committee will review and determine whether or not a PAT Exemption would be granted or not.
- It is the responsibility of the Applicant to apply for a PAT Exemption by forwarding the appropriate documentation to the local Zone office. These Applicants must complete and meet all other PAT requirements, i.e. payment of the National application fee and the BC Zone Application fee, meet all deadlines, and regulations from the local Zone office.
Candidates for Membership (CFM)
The National office will send an electronic invoice to the successful PAT applicants for their dues – prorated to the month the PAT was passed. The applicant will have 30 days from this date to submit payment with their signed application form back to the National office. This is the only time dues are charged at a prorated amount. THE CANDIDATE WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR NON-PAYMENT IF HE/SHE DOES NOT PAY WITHIN 30 DAYS.
Becoming a Class “A” Professional
The Class “A” requirements must be completed in a maximum of 6 years. Should any Candidate fail to complete the program (including successful completion of the Class “A” Evaluation) within the 6-year time frame, there will be a 2-year waiting period for re-application.
A CFM can view his/her “Education Summary” in the Members’ Only section under “My Message Centre”. It is the responsibility of the Candidate to ensure that their records are updated with the National Office by providing proof of completion for formal education completed.
The PGA of Canada has launched The PGA Training Academy presented by Titleist and FootJoy. This new program has replaced the PACE Program. Members currently in PACE may finish the program or transfer their credits over to the Training Academy Program. This new program features a variety of learning deliveries, new and Class “A” members can take online courses either virtually with live instructors, asynchronously on their own time or in person. Courses are worth anywhere between .5 to 6 credits and new PGA of Canada members can obtain their Class “A” status after 30 credits earned (15 credits will be electives, while the remaining 15 will be mandatory).
Additionally, new members who come from PGA-recognized programs at Georgian and Humber College, as well as McMaster University, will give prior learning credits towards their Class “A” status.
Please click on the links below on the PGA of Canada website for more information about The PGA Training Academy presented Titleist and Footjoy