Membership Policies and Procedures

 

Amateur Status
Any former PGA of Canada member that is looking to reinstate their amateur status with Golf Canada must fill out the Golf Canada Application for Reinstatement form found here.

Once the form has been filled out, you can send it to Karen at karen@pgaofcanada.com to have the section “Statement by Professional Golf Association” filled out and sent to Golf Canada for review, approval, and to determine your waiting period.
 
To learn more about Amateur Status, please click here.
Annual Dues

Each year as a PGA of Canada member, you are required to pay your Annual Dues which consist of: National Dues, Zone Dues, Life Insurance, and Liability Insurance. (Tax is applicable on both National and Zone dues) Failure to pay your Annual Dues can result in a suspension of your PGA of Canada Membership. 

To access your Annual Dues invoice, please click here.
To access your payment options for your Annual Dues, please click here.
To access our page on Payment Information, please click here

How to Set up a Payment Plan? Click here

Important Dates 

•    November 1st: Annual Dues Payment Deadline

•    October 24th: Annual Dues Payment Plan Deadline- This is the last day you can enroll in a payment plan for your annual dues

•    January 1st: Annual Dues Late Fee Penalty Deadline- This is the last day you can pay your annual dues with the late fee penalty. Failure to pay by this date will result in a suspension of your PGA of Canada membership.

Refund Policy

•    Before April 1st: The full amount of membership dues paid will be refunded minus an admin fee of $20 plus tax and the insurance amounts being refunded will be prorated by month. 

•    After April 2nd and until June 30th: Refunds for membership dues will be prorated. If a plastic membership card was mailed out, for a resignation to be complete the membership card must have been received by the National Office on or before the above dates to process the applicable refund. 

•    As of July 1st: No refunds will be issued for membership dues. Late fees, Admin fees, & NSF charges are non-refundable at any time.

Category Change
If you have accepted a new position, whether it be at your existing club or a new club; please notify your zone staff directly of this change. If your new position results in your PGA of Canada category to be changed, the National office will be notified, update your profile and adjust your annual dues.

Please click here, to access the contacts for each zone office. 
Facility Change
Please click here, to update your facility if you have accepted a new position in your current zone.
If you have accepted a new position outside of your current zone, please refer to our “Zone Transfer Procedure” below. 
Forgot My Password
If you have forgotten your password to log in to your PGA of Canada profile, please follow these steps:

1. Click on the person icon on the top right-hand corner of your screen and select sign in.
2. Click on the black button that says, “Forgot Password?”
3. Enter your PGA of Canada Member ID number and click “Submit”. 
4. An email will be sent with a link to reset your password. Please make a new password and try logging in.

Or watch the video tutorial on how to reset your password - click the play button below. If you forget your PGA of Canada Member ID number or are still having trouble logging in to your profile, please contact Karen at karen@pgaofcanada.com for assistance. 


Industry Hours
As an Apprentice Professional, you are required to complete a minimum of 3000 industry hours before achieving your Class “A” status. Along with needing to obtain a minimum of 5 Training Academy credits per year, an Apprentice Professional will need to work and submit a minimum of 400 industry hours in a calendar year to remain in active and good standing with the PGA of Canada. 

Please click here, to access the Industry Hour Form.

Industry Hours FAQ: click here
Insurance Program

The PGA of Canada Insurance Program is mandatory and is included with your annual dues at a minimal cost. What coverages are included? 

Liability Insurance
$5 Million in liability insurance coverage as part of your PGA of Canada Membership. For more information, please click here

Should your employer require you to be listed along with the name of the facility or employer on the Certificate of Liability insurance itself, please click here for the request form and forward it to Steve Lacoste at slacoste@bflcanada.ca.

To access the general Master Liability Certificate of Insurance, please click here

Life Insurance
$15,000 until the year you turn 70 as part of your PGA of Canada Membership. For more information, please click here

Beneficiary Form
The Beneficiary Form determines who would receive the $15,000. To update or submit your beneficiary form, please follow the instructions below:

1. Print the form - click here

2. Section 1  - Plan Member Details:

Plan Member ID =  your PGA of Canada Membership ID number
Contract Number = 70643
Location/billing group number = please leave this box blank

3. Upload the form to the Documents section of your profile - upload here

4. Mail the original Beneficiary Form to:
        BFL Canada - CSI
        Attn. Nicholas Landry
        2010 - 181 University Ave
        Toronto, ON, M5H 3M7

Member Benefits and Perks
As a PGA of Canada member, you have access to a variety of exclusive benefits and perks. Please click on the following links below to learn more about what is offered through your PGA of Canada membership:

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Membership Categories
Please click on the following links to learn more about each PGA of Canada member category:
 

•    Applicant

•    Apprentice Professional

•    Class “A” Professional

•    Class "A" Executive Professional

•    Class "A" Head Professional

•   Class "A" Head Teaching Professional

•    Honorary Director

•    Class "A" Life Professional

•    Class "A" Master Professional

•    Non-Resident

•    Class "A" Teaching Professional

•    Tournament Professional

Membership Cards
Membership cards are available digitally on your PGA of Canada profile. To access your digital card, you can go to pgaofcanada.com and log in. After logging in, click on the top right-hand corner log-in circle (either your initials or picture you uploaded). A menu will drop down and you can select “Membership Card” from the menu to view your digital card.

Please click here, to access more information about PGA digital membership cards.
Please click here, to directly access your PGA digital membership card.

Plastic Membership Cards: Plastic membership cards are still available if you wish to order one. To order a plastic membership card, please click here, to access the member card request form.

Please note, membership cards will only be sent out to members who are in active standing with the PGA of Canada.
Membership Handbook
Check out the PGA of Canada Handbook by clicking on the image below!
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Playing Ability Test and Exemptions

The Playing Ability Test is standardized testing all applicants must pass in order to be eligible to apply for membership.

Registration costs $325 plus tax and includes your 1st PAT attempt. Registration is valid for 1 year from the date of registration. The PAT's are conducted by the Zones, each additional PAT attempt costs $150.00 plus tax.

PAT Target Score:

  • 1 round PAT
  • No maximum number of attempts per year
  • All PAT’s are open to all applicants
  • For Men, 49 years of age and under, the course rating plus 9
  • For Men, 50 years of age and older, the course rating plus 11
  • For Women, 49 years of age and under, the course rating plus 13
  • For Women, 50 years of age and older, the course rating plus 15

For the schedule of PAT events (posted by April 1st) and online registrations for PAT's, please click here

Additional Standards due to COVID-19: click here

Refund Policy:

After the registration deadline for a PAT has passed, no refunds will be issued, and your PAT attempt included with your registration fee will be used - not transferable to another PAT opportunity.

PAT Exemptions

In recognition of demonstrated playing ability, an applicant will be awarded an exemption from the Playing Ability Test requirement based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a stroke play event with rules officials present
  • Score meets the PAT standard of 9 over the course rating for men and 13 over the course rating for women
  • Scores from an event within the past two years (2020 & 2019) run by one of the following:
    Golf Canada and its provincial associations, NCAA, PGA Tour, Mackenzie PGA Tour Canada, Korn Ferry Tour, Asian Tour, European Tour, PGA Tour Australasia, Sunshine Tour, Challenge Tour, Champions Tour, European Seniors Tour, Korean Tour, LPGA Tour, Symetra Tour, Ladies European Tour, LPGA of Japan, Australian (ALPG) Tour, Korean LPGA Tour (KLPGA), PGA of Canada National Championships, PAT run by a PGA of Canada Zone and a PAT run by recognized foreign PGA's.

To submit your application form for a PAT exemption, please click here

Please note: if you are granted a PAT Exemption, an admin fee of $25 plus tax will be added to your registration fee of $325 plus tax.

Please send any questions or inquiries to the following email: applicants@pgaofcanada.com

PGA of Canada Application and Admission Requirements

Before officially becoming a PGA of Canada Apprentice Professional, each applicant must provide the following:

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  • PAT Exemption or a Passing PAT Target Score
  • Police Check with Sterling BackCheck - click here
  • Proof of Age: Must be 18 years of age or older - upload here
  • Proof of Education: Must have a high school diploma or higher education- transcripts, degree or diploma accepted - upload here
  • Beneficiary Form for instructions click here and upload here
  • Annual Dues Payment
  • Agree to adhere to a checklist of important policies - completed during the online registration process
  • Verification of Employment from direct supervisor/report: Please note you must upload a copy of your business license if you own your own golf business. - upload here
  • Reference Letter from a PGA of Canada Class “A” Professional - upload here
  • Reference Letter from Your Employer - upload here

Please send any questions or inquiries to the following email: applicants@pgaofcanada.com

 

 

PGA of Canada Brand and Logo Use/Code of Professional Practice
Brand and Logo Use

The use of the logo is not just an earned privilege; it is a contractually binding obligation on behalf of the user. If you are not a qualified member in good standing you are not eligible to use the logo or the brand. If you are a qualified member you are eligible to use the logo and the brand name on the condition that you use it only within the prescribed regulations.

To review the Regulations Governing the Use of the PGA of Canada Logo and the Brand Name PGA of Canada, please click here

For access to the logo file, please email marketing@pgaofcanada.com

Code of Professional Practice

PGA of Canada members, apprentices, and applicants play many roles in the Canadian golf industry, and our Code of Professional Practice is a guideline for ethical conduct in all of those roles. Above and beyond our roles, PGA of Canada members are professionals and at all times will aspire to hold themselves, their fellow members, and the PGA of Canada to conduct and practice standards befitting a professional in the golf industry.

This Code of Professional Practice is based on our core values: trusted brand, progressive leadership, and pride of membership. Each of the commitments are framed by these values.

Please click here, to view the PGA of Canada Code of Professional Practice.
Reciprocal Arrangements with International PGA’s and LPGA

International PGA’s: 

The PGA of Canada offers reciprocal arrangements with Class “A” Members from the following PGA’s:

  • PGA of America
  • PGA of Australia
  • PGA of France
  • PGA of Great Britain
  • PGA of Germany
  • PGA of New Zealand
  • PGA of South Africa

In order to become a Class “A” Member with the PGA of Canada using the reciprocal arrangement with an above association, you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Email Darcy at darcy@pgaofcanada.com to inform him that you would like to start the reciprocal arrangement process.
  2. Provide your contact information to set up your account - preferred email address, phone numbers, mailing address, and date of birth.
  3. Obtain a letter from your PGA  stating that you are a Class “A” Member in good standing.
  4. Complete a police check with Sterling BackCheck– click here
  5. Complete the online Respect in Sport Program – click here
  6. Payment of Annual Dues 

If you have any questions about the International PGA Reciprocal Arrangements, please contact Darcy at darcy@pgaofcanada.com or 1(800)-782-5764 ext.224

LPGA

The PGA of Canada has developed an exciting partnership with the LPGA, opening a pathway for LPGA Class “A” members to join the association. To learn more about this partnership, please click here

Any LPGA Class “A” members will be exempt from the Play Ability Test (PAT) and will automatically receive 20.0 of the 30.0 credits required to achieve Class “A” status with the PGA of Canada. 

Any LPGA member that is looking to become a PGA of Canada member, should contact Darcy at darcy@pgaofcanada.com  or 1(800)-782-5764 ext.224 to initiate the process.

Please refer to the PGA of Canada-LPGA Pathway Chart below for course equivalencies in the PGA Training Academy:
 

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Reinstatement

If were previously a PGA of Canada member and want to reinstate back into the association, please click here to fill out our online reinstatement form, complete the following 4 steps or please send any questions or inquiries to the following email: applicants@pgaofcanada.com.

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Resignation and Leave of Absence

Leave of Absence:

Any Class “A” Member or Apprentice Professional may apply at any time that he/she is in good standing and is not indebted to the Association in any manner whatsoever, for a Leave of Absence. This Leave of Absence shall have a twelve-month time limit and must be pre-approved. A Member on a Leave of Absence shall not be eligible to enter nationally conducted tournaments and shall not be entitled to vote at any Annual General Meeting or special general meeting or hold office as a Director of the Association. Zone privileges will be determined by the Zone Board. Approval for a Leave of Absence is at the sole discretion of the National Board.

To submit your application form for a Leave of Absence, please click here
Please send any questions or inquiries to  darcy@pgaofcanada.com

Resignation:

If you are currently a PGA of Canada member looking to resign, please send an email to karen@pgaofcanada.com stating your intent to withdraw from the association and the reason. We will update your profile with the necessary changes as well as refund your dues (when applicable).

 
Updating Your PGA of Canada Profile and Find a Pro

Please see below, for the steps to update your PGA of Canada profile:

  1. Log in to your PGA of Canada profile
  2. Once logged in, click on the top right-hand corner circle icon (will be a picture or your initials)
  3. When the drop-down menu opens, click “Profile”
  4. This will lead you to a page that allows you to change your personal information, email, phone number, language, bio, etc. 
  5. If you would like to change your address, click on the “Profile” drop-down menu to the left of your screen and click, “Change Your Address”. 

Please click here, to access your member profile directly. 

Zone Transfer

If you have accepted a new position in a different zone than you are currently in or have moved to another province to find work, please email Karen@pgaofcanada.com to proceed with the necessary steps for a zone transfer. A zone transfer may include a change in your:

•    Zone
•    Annual Dues Invoice
•    Facility
•    Contact Information 
•    Member Category (If Applicable)