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Become a Certified Professional

Certified Professional Program

The Certified Professional Program is an online, career-enhancing educational curriculum that supports the goals of PGA Members who are committed to continuously improving their business and teaching skills to meet the increasing demands of the golf industry. This online approach ensures “on-demand” access when your schedule permits, while reducing time and travel costs associated with traditional classes.

The program offers three certifications:

  • Executive Management
  • Golf Operations
  • Teaching & Coaching

Requirements of the Certified Professional Program include:

  • PGA Specialist in selected Career Path
  • PGA Member employed for five (5) years in selected Career Path
  • Complete online coursework, fulfill required credentials, advise three (3) PGA Specialists and complete Capstone for selected Career Path

Specific requirements for each career path:

Once Certification is achieved, members are encouraged to continue their education in the Master Professional Program. This program is The PGA of America’s highest designation, and is comprised of an extensive project based on the specific certification previously acquired. PGA Professionals must have 10 years of PGA membership to achieve PGA Master Professional status.

If you would like to speak with someone in the Education Department directly, please call (866) 866-3382, option 6 or you may email

Testimonials from WNYPGA Professionals:


“I suggest to all Professionals to break away from the norm and make yourself stand out in anyway possible. In life you should always be looking to better yourself and with the PGA Certified Professional Program this is a great way to increase your stock as a PGA Professional. To this date there have been 1,335 PGA Professionals who have been certified, which I am a very proud member of.”

-Kyle Benish, PGA




Certified Professionals:

Patrick Phillips, PGA Teaching & Coaching Woods To Wedges
Kyle Benish, PGA Golf Operations Holiday Valley Resort
Gregory Beringer, PGA Golf Operations Oak Hill Country Club
Rob  Krajewski, PGA Teaching & Coaching Glen Oak Golf Course
Daniel  Antonucci, PGA General Management Niagara Frontier Country Club
Bradley  Smith, PGA Teaching & Coaching Shorewood Country Club
Paul  Agone, PGA Golf Operations Gowanda Country Club
Michael  D’Agostino, PGA Teaching & Coaching Penfield Country Club
Tim Fries, PGA Teaching & Coaching Glen Oak Golf Course
Jeffrey  Mietus, PGA Golf Operations Custom Turf
Jon Hoecker, PGA Golf Operations Brook-Lea Country Club, Inc.
Jon Hoecker, PGA Teaching & Coaching Brook-Lea Country Club, Inc.
Michael D’Agostino, PGA Golf Operations Penfield Country Club
Jim Mrva, PGA Golf Operations
Ric Alberico, PGA Teaching & Coaching
Steven Carney, PGA Teaching & Coaching Holiday Valley Resort