The PGA of Canada’s coaching program is developed in partnership with Golf Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The PGA of Canada is one of 67 sports participating in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), which represents coaching and instructing excellence in Canada.

The PGA of Canada’s NCCP is delivered with the goal providing coaches with the best practical experience in an optimal learning environment. As in any sport, athletic accomplishment and coaching are separate skillsets. Being a good athlete or accomplished golfer does not necessarily give an individual the skills for being an effective coach. The PGA of Canada’s certification recognizes that a coach’s teaching, technical and coaching skills all meet an internationally recognized standard for coaching practice.

The PGA of Canada’s NCCP is broken into three streams:  Community Stream, Competition Stream, and Instruction Stream.

For more information on each workshop within the NCCP, specific to golf, click on the corresponding context on the left-hand side of this page.

Community Stream - Community Sport – Initiation (Community Golf Coach) has been designed for the community golf coach who is, or would like to, work with children or youth and is introducing the basic skills of golf. The overall goal of this workshop is to help prepare coaches to be competent in the skills required by a community coach.

Community Stream (Special Olympics Golf Coach) – The PGA of Canada remains the only sport in Canada to have sport-specific coach training for Special Olympics athletes. This one day workshop is available at various times of the year. Contact your Special Olympics Chapter for more information on upcoming workshops or register here.

Competition Stream - Coaches in the Competition stream (Coach of New Competitors and Coach of Developing Competitors) usually have previous coaching experience or are former athletes in the sport. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions.

Instruction Stream – Instruction stream (Instructor of Beginner Golfers, Instructor of Intermediate Golfers, and Instructor of Advanced Golfers) are designed as part of the mandatory requirements for Candidates for Membership of the PGA of Canada on their pathway to become a Class “A” member.