Professional Development & Education
Apprentice Professionals: this could be an ideal time to work on your Training Academy requirements or work toward a PGA specialization. To view your outstanding credits, click here.
Class "A" Professionals: there are several professional development courses available to you during this time. For a full list, click here.
Mentorship has been critical to the success of many professionals throughout the PGA of Canada's 109-year history. In 2019, we re-launched mentorship as a formal program with benefits for both mentors and mentees. The perks are plenty. Beyond career guidance and development, Apprentice Professionals receive optional credit toward Class "A" status, while Class "A" mentors have the benefit of expanding their professional network and building their leadership skills.
The mentorship program has four streams. Mentees select one stream that aligns best with their goals; mentors can mentor in multiple streams: Teaching, Coaching, Golf Operations, and Management & Leadership.
For more information and to get started, click here.
Member Assistance Program
Members have access to free, professional and confidential counselling, coaching and consulting services through the PGA of Canada Member Assistance Program provided by FSEAP. These services can help you manage personal, family, and/or work-related concerns.
FSEAP has informed us that they are working diligently to ensure strong business continuity through these turbulent times. Their services are expected to remain seamless but will now be delivered through telephone or video rather than in person given the nature of current events.
English and French services can be accessed 24/7 online or toll-free by calling 1.844.720.1212.
PGA of Canada Benevolent Fund
The PGA of Canada is very pleased to have added the Benevolent Fund to the PGA of Canada Foundation, which will be used to help members in dire financial distress. Information on the Benevolent Fund and an application form can be found here.
After a successful year-long trial in Ontario led by Hall of Fame member Michael Schurman, the PGA of Canada is thrilled to nationally launch the Right Fit employment program as an added resource for all members.
The association’s newest hire—Jeff Fry—will spearhead the program’s expansion, which has been developed to support facilities and hiring managers in ensuring the right employment fit for their business.
The Right Fit employment program has been developed to support hiring personnel and golf facilities with finding the right employee to meet their business needs. The PGA of Canada will work with hiring managers to establish an infrastructure to find the most suitable PGA professional for the required position, as well as provide employment resources and expertise to members seeking employment.
Additionally, a key mission of the program is to educate facilities without a PGA of Canada professional on-staff on the benefits of employing a PGA of Canada member.
Current services available to members include:
• Support for hiring managers to identify their needs with respect to hiring a PGA of Canada professional
• Assist hiring managers in developing an effective job posting that reflects their individual needs to attract the most qualified candidate
• Resume review and support for job seekers
• Career-mapping and educational guidance
• Best practices and tips for interviewers and interviewees
• Compensation and benefits review
Want to learn more? Contact Jeff Fry.