Overview of Certification Courses

Associate Member Certification

This online course qualifies you to effectively teach beginning to intermediate golfers.

An associate member is one who successfully completes the online teaching curriculum, or one who successfully completes the teaching curriculum at an on-site certification course who did not successfully pass the playing ability test.

For more information on the Associate online course, please click here.

Certified Golf Teaching Professional®

This on-site course qualifies you to effectively teach all levels of golfers.

A Certified Golf Teaching Professional® is one who attends an on-site certification course and successfully completes the teaching curriculum, verbal teaching test, and playing ability test, or one who successfully completes the online teaching curriculum as well as the verbal teaching test and playing ability test at an on-site certification course.

For a complete schedule of Full Certification Courses available, please click here.

The following topics are covered in detail during both the online and on-site courses:

  • 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

Online Certification Course

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.

On-site Certification Course

Many individuals prefer to attend the USGTF full 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.

Master Golf Teaching Professional®

FOR CURRENT USGTF MEMBERS ONLY: This on-site course reflects the highest standard of golf teaching certification. A Master Golf Teaching Professional® is one who attends the three-day on-site course and successfully completes a verbal presentation on a written thesis, shotmaking demonstration, and written teaching test.  To become a Master Golf Teaching Professional, one must be a Certified Golf Teaching Professional® in good standing for a minimum of 12 straight months.

For a schedule of Master Certification Courses, please click here.