Overview of Golf Teaching Professional Certification Levels
It is not necessary to attain Levels I and II prior to Level III Full Certification.
The Level I and II online courses are provided as an option to make it more
convenient to progress in the industry comfortably at your own pace.
- USGTF Affiliate Member – Certification course. (Online only)
- Entry level into the golf teaching profession.
- Participants learn all the basic techniques for teaching the golf swing.
- Affiliate members will be able to effectively teach the beginning or high handicap player.
- Requires successful completion of the Level I teaching test.
- A level I member must indicate “Level I Affiliate” on all self-promotional material.
For more information on the level I online course, please click here.
- USGTF Associate Member – Certification course. (Online only)
- In addition to learning basic techniques for teaching the golf swing, participants will cover more in-depth topics including: faults & cures, complete short game, video analysis, marketing, rules, ball flight laws, golf psychology and clubfitting.
- Associate members will be able to effectively teach beginning to intermediate golfers.
- Requires the successful completion of the Level I and Level II teach test, and Rules test.
- A Level II member must indicate “Level II Associate” on all self-promotional material.
For more information on the level II online course, please click here.
- USGTF Fully Certified Member (Onsite only)
- Includes all of the above, plus the Playing Ability Test and closing award ceremony and dinner. For your convenience, this will take place upon completion of the final round of the P.A.T.
- Recognized as the standard for international golf teaching professionals.
- Fully certified members enjoy all the rights and privileges of USGTF membership including participation in the US Golf Teachers Cup® and the World Golf Teachers Cup®.
For a complete schedule of Level III Courses available, please click here.
- USGTF Master Teaching Professional (Onsite Only)
- To attend the Level IV Masters Certification course, one must be a fully certified member in good standing for a minimum of one year.
- Three-day certification course
- Designed to develop experienced, career-oriented teaching professionals.
- Level IV members may become USGTF examiners.
- This card reflects the highest level of certification in the organization.
For a complete schedule of Level IV Courses available, please click here.
Online Certification Courses
The USGTF technical committee has put much thought and effort into producing the most up-to-date instructional videos on how to teach the game. This method has become a very popular way of learning by colleges and learning institutions worldwide. One of the advantages of taking the online certification course is that it allows you the opportunity to review and understand the information at your own pace. Additionally, for many individuals online courses are convenient, offer flexibility and have cost saving benefits.
Onsite Certification Courses
Many individuals prefer to attend the USGTF Level III certification course in person. These five-day, Monday through Friday courses are held in various locations throughout the nation. The examining staff is there to share with you their lifetime knowledge of teaching and playing the game. They are also cognizant of not simply lecturing to you all week. Each day individuals have the opportunity to practice teach with their fellow students. Furthermore, all participants have a chance to hit plenty of balls as well as to become familiar with the golf course for the final day playing ability test.
The following topics are covered in detail. Both online or at an onsite course:
- Common Sense Golf Teaching Ideas
- Understanding Ball Flight Laws
- Teaching the Golf Swing – Full Swing, Short Game & Trouble Shots
- Psychology of Teaching Golf
- Rules of the Game
- Marketing Yourself as a Golf Teaching Professional (includes social media marketing)
- Clubfitting – What Teaching Professionals Should Know
- Faults & Cures for Teaching Professionals
- Use of Video in Teaching