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 PGA LEVEL 1 COACHING COURSES

The next course in the Gloucestershire area is at the Bristol Golf Centre on 6th/7th December 2016 There are other dates in neighbouring counties.

Click here for Expression of Interest Form and schedule of dates and venues

 

Information from our County Development Officer Debbie Casling:

  Please note that the course is two very full days from 9am – 6pm and gives you the qualification to ‘assist’ a level 3 coach in the delivery of golf.

The cost of this course is £240 and payment will be required with your application to the PGA; and applicants will need to be over the age of 16.

Please note you will also need to attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop to complete your training and obtain your coaching certificate, details of courses can be requested at time of application.

Following completion of the course the Partnership would be delighted for your support in any of its events around the County and our Junior Academies and would be able to offer recognition for this commitment.  Further details are available on request..

Contact our Development Officer, Debbie Casling, for further details.
Email gcdo@btinternet.com Telephone 07968 894812    

 

 


 

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ASQ Coaching Qualifications

Summary of the qualifications:

LEVEL 1:

The ASQ Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Golf will provide individuals with the knowledge and competence to assist more qualified coaches, delivering aspects of golf coaching sessions, normally under direct supervision.  This qualification is available to individuals with an interest in golf coaching, who wish to work alongside other qualified coaches (for example a golf Professional) to provide basic technical coaching to beginner golfers.

Prior to attending a Level 1 course all candidates will receive a course pack that includes all the resources required to complete the qualification.  From receiving this resource pack, which includes a Home Study Workbook, the Level 1 course takes around 5 weeks to complete.  During this time candidates will be expected to read through the Home Study Workbook in preparation for a two-day practical course that will involve relevant assessments of coaching sessions as well as a 45 minute multiple choice questionnaire.  At all stages of the course candidates will be given best practice guidance.

Course Entry Requirements:

Prior to registration for the ASQ Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Golf, the candidate must: 

  • Have a commitment to attend all of the specified course dates
  • Be at least 16 years of age

Throughout the delivery and assessment of this qualification, candidates will be required to consistently demonstrate and apply the correct technical models for the full range of applicable shots.  This means that although candidates will not be required to have any specific handicap, they will need to be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of playing ability.

It should be noted by all candidates that on successful completion of the ASQ Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Golf they may be required to undertake relevant Child Protection training prior to their deployment as a golf coach.  They may also be required to undergo a Criminal Records Check.  This check and the child protection training will be a requirement for coaches seeking to obtain a Level 1 Golf Coach Licencethrough the PGA.

A programme of Level 1 courses operates throughout the Autumn and Winter each year.  Details are available on request via coaching@pga.org.uk

NB.  The PGA, in line with requirements from ASQ, has produced delivery plans for the Level 1 coaching qualification in partnership with the governing bodies of golf in GB&I (Home Nation Golf Unions).  These plans are linked directly with the specific development plans in each Home Union to ensure that the need for coaches to support specific areas and programmesis effectively met.  Therefore places on coach education courses are limited and priority will be given to those actively engaged in development activities linked to governing body plans.

LEVEL 2:

The ASQ Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Golf will provide individuals with the knowledge and competence to lead the planning and delivery of coaching sessions to improving golfers.  This qualification is available to individuals with an interest in golf coaching, (who meet the course entry requirements listed below), who wish to further develop their coaching knowledge and skills in the golfing arena. 

Prior to attending a Level 2 course all candidates will receive a course pack that includes all the resources required to complete the qualification.  From receiving this resource pack, which includes a Home Study Workbook, Technical, Tactical and Physical Manual and Coaching Log resources, the Level 2 course takes around 25 weeks to complete.  During this time candidates will be expected to read through the manuals provided in preparation for four days of practical course (delivered as two, two-day sessions). 

Two days of practical assessment will follow that will involve assessment of individual coaching sessions, explanation and demonstration of various golf shots as well as a 45 minute multiple choice questionnaire.  Candidates are also assessed through the submission of a coaching log book that records and reviews six individual coaching sessions, of which four are linked together to show progression and development.  At all stages of the course candidates will be given best practice guidance.

Course entry requirements:

Prior to registration for the ASQ Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Golf, the candidate must have:

  • obtained an ASQ Level 1 Certificate in Golf Coaching
  • a commitment to attend all of the specified course dates
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • It is also strongly recommended that candidates have completed a minimum of 30 hours logged coaching experience since the completion of the Level 1 certificate in order to have obtained the necessary coaching experience – although this is not an absolute requirement

Throughout the delivery and assessment of this qualification, candidates will be required to consistently demonstrate and apply the correct technical models for the full range of applicable shots.  This means that although candidates will not be required to have any specific handicap, they will need to be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of playing ability.

It should be noted by all candidates that on successful completion of the ASQ Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Golf they may be required to undertake relevant Child Protection training prior to their deployment as a golf coach.  They may also be required to undergo a Criminal Records Check.  This check and the child protection training will be a requirement for coaches seeking to obtain a Level 2 Golf Coach Licencethrough the PGA.

NB.  The PGA is currently clarifying the demand for Level 2 coaches with the governing bodies of golf.  This work requires the development of detailed workforce plans that are taking time to complete effectively.  Once this work is complete the PGA will be able to plan and deliver an appropriate programme of Level 2 courses that meet the needs of the game in the UK.  As with Level 1, places on coach education courses are limited and priority will be given to those actively engaged in development activities linked to governing body plans.

LEVEL 3:

A Level 3 golf coach will be able to plan, implement, analyseand revise annual coaching programmes, as well as being able to provide correct advice and solutions to individuals attending coaching sessions. 

The Level 3 qualification will take approximately one year to complete, with candidates attending approximately 10 days of taught course plus additional assessment days both in the training environment and the candidates own coaching environment.  During this time candidates will be expected to demonstrate the ability to work with a player, or players, on a long-term basis to aid their playing progress and personal development.  All candidates will be required to produce a detailed annual plan for a golfer and then provide evidence of player progress against this plan.

The Level 3 qualification is a high level coaching award and will require commitment and dedication on behalf of an individual. 

Again it should be noted that the PGA is working in partnership with the governing bodies of golf to ascertain the demand for the new Level 3 qualification.  Once this work is complete, a programme of Level 3 qualifications will be made available.  Priority for places on the Level 3 coach education programme will be given to those actively engaged in the development and growth of the game of golf in line with governing body plans.  The roll out of this programme is likely to commence towards the end of 2009.

LEVEL 4:

The sport of golf, lead by the PGA, has been accepted into the Pilot Development Phase for the Level 4 qualification.  The Level 4 qualification will be developed and trialledduring 2009 and is being developed in line with guidance from the UK Coaching Certificate to ensure that it meets the nationally recognised standards.  The Level 4 will not be formally launched until the pilot phase is successfully completed and the qualification has achieved recognition and UKCC endorsement.

A number of PGA Professionals are currently engaged in the pilot phase, having been nominated by the governing bodies of golf as coaches who are heavily involved in their coaching structures and contributing to the development and growth of golf in those nations.  These pilot candidates are helping to shape the future of this qualification and are working with the PGA to ensure that the final qualification is of the highest quality and recognisestruly excellent coaches.

The Level 4 qualification will be a formal postgraduate qualification that will rely heavily upon the commitment of the individual to research, gain experience and document their progress and personal development as a coach.  It should be noted that only a small number of candidates will be registered onto the Level 4 programme per year.  The programme will be a University postgraduate qualification and will require the same level of commitment from candidates.  It is likely to take candidates around 2 years to complete.

LEVEL 5:

Level 5 is no longer part of the UK Coaching Certificate.  ALevel 5 coaching award is likely to be developed by the PGA in order to recogniseexcellence in golf coaching.  Consideration of the format and structure of this award will be given in the coming months in line with the development of the Level 4 qualification.


Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the UKCC?

The UKCC is a set of standards that the new golf coaching qualifications have been mapped against.  Please note that the new qualifications are certificates in golf coaching, and have been developed by the PGA on behalf of the sport of golf.  These new qualifications (L1, L2, L3) have been endorsed by UKCC (October 2007), which means that the qualifications meet the principles and standards of the UK Coaching Certificate.  The new qualifications are not a UKCC course and do not have UKCC in their title – it is the whole education and qualification process that has been endorsed as a mark of high quality.

UKCC Endorsement

This has been achieved for the qualifications at Levels 1, 2 and 3 (October 2007).

Association of Sports Qualifications

This is the Awarding Body, recognised by the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority (QCA) that will award the new coaching qualifications.  The Association of Sports Qualifications is a partnership between the PGA and UK Athletics but will operate independently of both of these organisations. 

National Qualifications Framework

The qualifications at Levels 1, 2 and 3 have been accepted onto the National Qualifications Framework and are therefore recognised as formal educational qualifications.  Each Level can be found on the National Database of Accredited Qualifications (NDAQ).

What can a Level 1/2/3/4/5 coach do?

In short: 

LEVEL

WHAT THE QUALIFIED COACH WILL BE ABLE TO DO

1

Assist more qualified coaches, delivering aspects of coaching sessions, normally under direct supervision

2

Prepare for, deliver and review coaching session(s)

3

Plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes

4

Design, implement and evaluate the process and outcome of long-term/specialist coaching programmes

5

Generate, direct and manage the implementation of cutting edge coaching solutions and programmes

 

NB – This will not be UKCC endorsed, will be developed by the PGA in due course

 

What is involved in the Level 1/2/3 qualification?

Level 1:

The Level 1 Coaching Certificate will provide individuals with the knowledge and competence to assist more qualified coaches, delivering aspects of golf coaching sessions, normally under direct supervision.  This qualification is available to anyone with an interest in golf coaching, who wishes to work alongside other qualified coaches (for example a golf Professional) to provide basic technical coaching to beginner golfers.

Prior to attending a Level 1 course all candidates will receive a course pack that includes all the resources required to complete the qualification.  From receiving this resource pack, which includes a Home Study Workbook, the Level 1 course takes around 5 weeks to complete.  During this time candidates will be expected to read through the Home Study Workbook in preparation for a two-day practical course that will involve relevant assessments of coaching sessions as well as a 45 minute multiple choice questionnaire.  At all stages of the course candidates will be given best practice guidance.

Course Entry Requirements:

Prior to registration for the ASQ Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Golf, the candidate must:

  • Have a commitment to attend all of the specified course dates
  • Be at least 16 years of age

Throughout the delivery and assessment of this qualification, candidates will be required to consistently demonstrate and apply the correct technical models for the full range of applicable shots.  This means that although candidates will not be required to have any specific handicap, they will need to be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of playing ability.

It should be noted by all candidates that on successful completion of the ASQ Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Golf they may be required to undertake relevant Child Protection training prior to their deployment as a golf coach.  They may also be required to undergo a Criminal Records Check.  This check and the child protection training will be a requirement for coaches seeking to obtain a Level 1 Golf Coach Licence through the PGA.  NB.  These additional requirements may also be completed at any time prior to attendance at a Level 1 coaching course. 

Level 2:

The ASQ Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Golf will provide individuals with the knowledge and competence to lead the planning and delivery of coaching sessions to improving golfers.  This qualification is available to anyone with an interest in golf coaching, (who meets the course entry requirements listed below), who wishes to further develop their coaching knowledge and skills in the golfing arena.

Prior to attending a Level 2 course all candidates will receive a course pack that includes all the resources required to complete the qualification.  From receiving this resource pack, which includes a Home Study Workbook, Technical, Tactical and Physical Manual and Coaching Log resources, the Level 2 course takes around 25 weeks to complete.  During this time candidates will be expected to read through the manuals provided in preparation for four days of practical course (delivered as two, two-day sessions). 

Two days of practical assessment will follow that will involve assessment of individual coaching sessions, explanation and demonstration of various golf shots as well as a 45 minute multiple choice questionnaire.  Candidates are also assessed through the submission of a coaching log book that records and reviews six individual coaching sessions, of which four are linked together to show progression and development.  At all stages of the course candidates will be given best practice guidance. 

Course entry requirements:

Prior to registration for the ASQ Level 2 Certificate in Golf Coaching, the candidate must have: 

  • obtained an ASQ Level 1 Certificate in Golf Coaching
  • a commitment to attend all of the specified course dates
  • Be at least 16 years of age 
  • It is also strongly recommended that candidates have completed a minimum of 30 hours logged coaching experience since the completion of the Level 1 certificate in order to have obtained the necessary coaching experience – although this is not an absolute requirement 

Throughout the delivery and assessment of this qualification, candidates will be required to consistently demonstrate and apply the correct technical models for the full range of applicable shots.  This means that although candidates will not be required to have any specific handicap, they will need to be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of playing ability. 

It should be noted by all candidates that on successful completion of the ASQ Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Golf they may be required to undertake relevant Child Protection training prior to their deployment as a golf coach.  They may also be required to undergo a Criminal Records Check.  This check and the child protection training will be a requirement for coaches seeking to obtain a Level 2 Golf Coach Licence through the PGA.  NB.  These additional requirements may also be completed at any time prior to attendance at a Level 2 coaching course. 

Level 3:

The Level 3 coaching qualification is likely to be available in 2010.  A Level 3 golf coach will be able to plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes, as well as being able to provide correct advice and solutions to individuals attending coaching sessions.

It is envisaged that the Level 3 qualification will take approximately one year to complete, with candidates attending approximately 10 days of taught course plus additional assessment days both in the training environment and the candidates own coaching environment.  During this time candidates will be expected to demonstrate the ability to work with a player, or players, on a long-term basis to aid their playing progress and personal development.  All candidates will be required to produce a detailed annual plan for a golfer and then provide evidence of player progress against this plan.

The Level 3 qualification is a high level coaching award and will require commitment and dedication on behalf of an individual.  

How long will a Level 1/2/3 qualification take to complete?

Level 1 – 6 weeks

Level 2 – 6 months

Level 3 – 12 months

How much do Level 1/2/3 cost?

Level 1 – Currently £282 inc VAT – to be revised in January 2010

Level 2 – Currently £650 (plus VAT) – to be revised in January 2010 

Level 3 – TBC (in the region of £1000)

NB.  Cost for assistants for Levels 1 and 2 is included in their FD payments.  AGMS students pay £100 (+ 3% per annum) per course at Levels 1 and 2.  Level 3 cost will be significantly less for assistants, professionals etc. due to APEL.

Who will I be able to coach when I have achieved a qualification?

Who you may coach will depend largely on your circumstance, for example the club you are linked to, the county you operate within, your specialist area.  As indicated above, a Level 1 coach is qualified to assist more senior coaches, whereas a Level 2 coach may coach on their own, and a Level 3 coach will be able to deliver long-term coaching programmes - e.g. work with an individual golfer aspiring for selection to the county team.

The PGA envisage that the majority of Level 1 coaches, and a vast number of Level 2 coaches will be volunteers within clubs working under the guidance of a qualified professional (currently - in future this may be a Level 3 coach).  This is mainly due to the amateur/professional status rules governed by the R&A in relation to payment for activities relating to the game.

Can a Level 1 coach work on their own?

No.  A Level 1 coach is qualified to assist a more senior/experienced coach – normally under DIRECT supervision.  This may be delivering parts of beginner coaching sessions under the direction of a senior coach – e.g. Assistant delivers warm-up for Professional.  The only exception to this rule is volunteer Level 1 coaches in Scotland who are working on Stage 1 of the Player Development Pathway, delivering sessions from a manual, as agreed nationally.

An Assistant qualified to Level 1 should not be coaching sessions without their Professional present and supervising.  Being on site (e.g. working in the shop whilst the Assistant coaches) is not acceptable.

Professionals enquiring about this ruling should be reminded of insurance implications if they choose to allow their Assistant to coach unsupervised.  This statement matches the information in the Training Regulations document – Section 5, Permissions and Restrictions on Activities of Assistants.  This also applies to Level 1 coaches (Assistants or members of the public) in England, Wales and Ireland with similar enquiries – their PGA insurance becomes invalidated if they work alone. 

NB. The exception to this rule is in Scotland where there is agreement in place for Level 1 coaches to work from the Clubgolf Manual at Stage 1 – but this is only applicable to L1 coaches officially operating/volunteering for Clubgolf.

What happens if I fail an element of assessment?

Simply, for Levels 1 and 2 candidates are eligible for one further attempt at any element of assessment where they do not meet the full competencies during their first attempt. 

Level 1:

 

Assessment

Initial attempt

Second attempt

Result

MCQ

FAIL (<60%)

PASS (>60%)

PASS

FAIL

FAIL

Re-take L1 course

Practical coaching¹

Not yet competent

Competent

Competent – PASS

Not yet competent

Not yet competent

Re-take L1 course

¹ Second attempt will be a FULL re-assessment against all criteria

 

Level 2:

Assessment

Initial attempt

Second attempt

Result

MCQ

FAIL (<60%)

PASS (>60%)

PASS

FAIL

FAIL

Re-take L2 course³

Explanation / Demonstration 1

Not yet competent

Competent

Competent – PASS

Not yet competent

Not yet competent

Re-take L2 course³

Explanation / Demonstration 2

Not yet competent

Competent

Competent – PASS

Not yet competent

Not yet competent

Re-take L2 course³

Assessed Coaching Log¹

Not yet competent

Competent

Competent - PASS

Not yet competent

Not yet competent

Re-take L2 course³

¹ Second attempt must be a new submission of a Coaching Log showing

   new sessions and reviews

Assessment

Assessment 1

Assessment 2

Re-sit

Result

Practical coaching²

Not yet competent

Competent

N/A

Competent – PASS

Not yet competent

Not yet competent

Competent

Competent – PASS

Not yet competent

Not yet competent

Not yet competent

Re-take L2 course³

² Candidates always undertake 2 practical sessions and must demonstrate all

  competencies by the end of session 2.  One further opportunity is allowed to  

  demonstrate remaining competencies.

³ There may be circumstances when a full re-take of the L2 course is not

   required – e.g. candidate fails only one assessment.  These cases will be

   dealt with on an individual appeals basis.

               
 

NB.  If a candidate fails to disclose a particular need prior to undertaking the assessment modules of the qualification, that subsequently is shown to have directly contributed to their failure to achieve required competencies,  the candidate will be eligible for TWO further assessment attempts to achieve the required standard.

What are the dates for the Level 1 and 2 courses this year?

Refer candidates to the PGA brochure published annually.

When will the new Level 3 qualification become available?

The new Level 3 qualification is likely to be delivered from 2010 onwards.  It is anticipated that the qualification may be delivered through the CPD programme, but details are not yet confirmed.  Any information on Level 3 will be promoted to PGA Professionals through the usual means (PGA magazine, website, CPD brochure) as and when available.

How do I become a Level 4 or 5 coach? 

The sport of golf, lead by the PGA, has been accepted into the Pilot Development Phase for the Level 4 qualification.  The Level 4 qualification, which will be a University Masters level qualification, will be developed and trialled during 2009 and is being developed in line with guidance from the UK Coaching Certificate to ensure that it meets the nationally recognized standards.  Level 4 will be a qualification that relies heavily upon the commitment of the individual to gain experience and document their progress and personal development as a coach over a period of time. 

The final assessment of the Level 4 qualification will include several aspects, including written examinations, the presentation of a coaching portfolio, evidence of personal development, and submission of a report based on a specialist project area (for example junior golf development, coaching a county team, short game specialist).  Advice at this time to any interested coach would be to compile a log book that provides evidence of personal coaching experience.  This should include details such as coaching plans, player evaluations, personal development plan and examples of how attendance at CPD events (or other ongoing learning) has helped to develop coaching and has had positive impacts on players.

Further information and advice relating to the Level 4 qualification will be distributed to all interested individuals as and when available.

Level 5 is no longer part of the UK Coaching Certificate, but a Level 5 coaching qualification is likely to be developed by the PGA in due course in order to recognise excellence in golf coaching. 

Can an overseas candidate access the new qualifications?

Yes – but in terms of you accessing the qualifications, this programme is currently only available in the UK as the qualification has been developed as part of the UK Coaching Certificate.  Attendance at the course dates is mandatory therefore you would have to come to the UK should you wish to obtain a qualification.  No UKCC Endorsed courses are currently being delivered outside the UK (i.e. England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales).

Are the UKCC Endorsed qualifications recognised outside the UK?

Each qualification is fully recognisedin the UK as they will eventually be part of the UK National Qualification Framework.  However, although each qualification is a formal qualification in golf coaching and is fully valid for any candidate, all other countries outside the UK must decide whether to recogniseor endorse these qualifications.  It would therefore be a decision for the PGA of or any other country (e.g. Spain, Thailand, Portugal, Germany etc.) to decide whether they will accept UK qualifications for their professionals.  This is a decision that is beyond the control of the British PGA.

I already have a coaching qualification from another sport.  Am I exempt from attending the Level 1/2/3 coaching courses?

EGTF/WGTF coaches

Coaches holding a Level 3 coaching award from either the EGTF or WGTF do not have to complete the Level 1 qualification prior to registering for the Level 2 qualification.  This recognises the prior learning completed through the EGTF/WGTF programme, but does not entitle these individuals to any automatic qualification.  This is because the new UKCC Endorsed qualifications can only be awarded on successful completion of the required assessments. 

The recommendation for these candidates is that they register for, and attend, a complete Level 2 qualification to gain maximum benefit from the course and qualification.  However, if a candidate wishes to simply complete the assessment element of the Level 2 qualification this may be possible.  In this instance a candidate must formally submit a request to the PGA for this exemption, detailing their prior coaching experience and stating how they believe they reach the standards required for Level 2.  In the short term any such applications will be judged on individual merit by the PGA and a decision made.

In due course a formal APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning) process will be developed enabling candidates to document evidence against the Level 2 assessment criteria in a logical and structured way.  This is likely to be in place by the end of 2007.

Coaches from other sport

It may be possible for coaches from other sports to progress straight to the Level 2 qualification (or assessment) if they are able to document their coaching experience and golfing knowledge in a process similar to that outlined above.  

As above, in the short term candidates may apply directly to the PGA for this special consideration, but longer term a formal process will be developed and circulated.

Why do I need a Coach Licenceas well as a Coaching Qualification?

Any individual wishing to do so is able to access the new coaching qualifications, providing that they meet the pre-requisites of each Level (see FAQ above).  However, it may be that not everyone accessing a qualification is suitable to the coaching environment (e.g. previous criminal convictions).  By introducing a licencescheme where individuals complete additional criteria such as CRB Check and attending a Child Protection workshop, the PGA is able to provide additional information as to whether the coach is ‘fit for purpose’.  The PGA operates a licencescheme for volunteer coaches only.

What licencescheme does the PGA run at present?

On completion of a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification, the PGA Training Academy will pass individual details to the Membership Department.  Membership will then write to each individual with details of the licencescheme and an application form to complete.  A Level 1 Golf Coach licence is available to volunteers providing evidence that they have completed a Level 1coaching qualification, a CRB check and attend a recognisedChild Protection workshop.  A Level 2 licencerequires the addition of a First Aid certificate and a Level 2 qualification. These licencesare valid for 3 years from the date of completion of the course and are only available to volunteer, amateur coaches agreeing to abide by the Coaches Code of Practice and licenceterms and conditions.

How can I renew my licence?

A renewal letter will automatically be generated to all holders of a coaching licence when that licence is due to expire.  The cost of a new licence will be around £36 for 3 years. 

What exactly does my licence insure me for?

Volunteer coaches domiciled in the UK, Eire and all other EU countries have public liability insurance cover (personal to them only) within the renewal licence fee for:

Coaching/instruction and golf demonstrations

This compulsory cover, with Royal & Sun Alliance, is for legal liability for damages and legal costs arising out of third party loss, injury or damage in connection with the above activities and includes liability for professional negligence as a sports instructor or coach. Premiums are reflected in the renewal fee.

The limit of indemnity is £5m for any one event. An excess of £250 is applicable for Third Party Property Damage claims. Cover applies worldwide.

If required, a personalised certificate of public liability insurance can be obtained by calling PGA at the De Vere Belfry on 01675 470333.

Do Level 1 and 2 coaches qualify for any level of membership of the PGA?

The only individuals who are eligible to apply for membership of the PGA are those that have been through the Foundation Degree in Professional Golf or the Applied Golf Management Studies Degree awarded through Birmingham University.  These individuals then apply for PGA membership through the appropriate channels and will be PGA Qualified Golf Professionals.

Volunteers undertaking the new Coaching Qualifications developed by the PGA (Levels 1, 2 etc.), can be licensed by the Professional Golfers Association, but this is not a category of Membership.  This will not change in future, although the licensing scheme may be developed to further support coaches over time.  

Do I lose my amateur status if I undertake any coaching activity?

The rules on Professional/Amateur status are governed by the R&A (Royal and Ancient) and at present the rules state that if a golfer takes payment withinany area of the sport(e.g. playing, coaching)then they will lose their amateur status.  Therefore if a qualified coach, or any other individual, chooses to accept a form of payment for coaching activities they undertake then their amateur status will be threatened(the exception to this is if they are a teacher delivering golf within the curriculum).  It is important to note that this is not a PGA rule, but a regulation set and governed by the R&A. 

If any coach has a query relating to Professional/Amateur status they should contact the R&A directly to discuss their situation.

What evidence is required within the Coaching Log Books for the Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications?

Level 1

There is no requirement for the submission of a Log Book or coaching evidence during the Level 1 coaching qualification.  Candidates are simply required to complete the assessments within the course (Multiple Choice Questionnaire, Observed Coaching and Self-Reflection Sheet). 

On application to Level 2

The Level 2 qualification states:

  • It is also strongly recommended that candidates have completed a minimum of 30 hours logged coaching experience since the completion of the Level 1 certificate in order to have obtained the necessary coaching experience – although this is not an absolute requirement

A box on the new application form will ask candidates if they have completed this, but this will not be checked by the PGA.  We will not preclude anyone from registering on the qualification, although it is felt that an individual not actively coaching will struggle with the Level 2 qualification.  The new Level 1 Home Study Workbook and Log Book reflect this change in policy.

Level 2

Candidates must submit their completed ‘Assessed Coaching Log Book’ to demonstrate the planning, delivery and review of a total of six coaching sessions (four of which must be linked).  This completed book should be returned to their course tutor on their final assessment day.

I have lost my coaching manuals for my Level 1/Level 2 course.  Can I have replacements?

Yes, replacements are available but there will be a charge.

As these are expensive documents to print and we also incur admin charges and postal charges when issuing replacements, there is a replacement charge for each manual as there is currently for the Foundation Degree Study Guides. 

The replacement costs are as follows: 

  • Level 1 Home Study Workbook, Level 2 Home Study Workbook, Level 2 Technical Tactical & Physical Manual - £30 each
  • Level 1 Coaching Log Book, Level 2 Coaching Log Book, Level 2 Assessed Coaching Log - £15 each

Therefore for someone requesting replacements for the two Level 1 manuals the cost will be £45, and for replacing all four Level 2 Manuals the cost will be £90.

Can I use the PGA Coaching Logos to promote myself as a coach?

No - There is no agreement in place regarding the use of PGA Coaching logos.

individual in relation to their coaching activities.  Any requests for the use of logos should be forwarded to Jane Booth.

I am currently PGA professional but intend to resign from the PGA and return to amateur status.  Will my PGA Level 3 qualification still be recognised and will I still be able to operate as a coach?

Your PGA Level 3 coaching qualification will continue to be valid into the future even if you are no longer a Professional or Member of the PGA.  Qualifications cannot be taken away and therefore your coaching status would continue to be at Level 3.  If you wished to continue coaching we would need to address the issue of licensing, as you will need a coach licence to continue operating as a coach.  We would have to establish a process to enable this at the PGA as at present all Level 3 licences are included within PGA Membership.

We are currently developing a new Level 3 and Level 4 coaching award which will be termed as ‘UKCC Endorsed’ meaning they reach standards set throughout the UK.  Your current Level 3 award is awarded only by the PGA and does not have this national standard recognition, so at a future date you would be able to apply to attend a new course at either level if your level of coaching reaches these standards and you wish to update your qualification.

I must stress that if you did return to amateur status, you would need to liaise with the R&A regarding any issues around receiving payment for coaching as the vast majority of Level 1 and Level 2 coaches are volunteers, hence retaining their amateur status.

Questions regarding why PGA Level 3 Certificates are no longer issued:

  • The Foundation Degree in Professional Golf will be awarded to all Assistants passing final exams at whatever time
  • Assistants passing their exams prior to 31st December 2007 were awarded the PGA Level 3 Coaching Certificate
  • This PGA Level 3 Certificate is NOT a UKCC Endorsed qualification, it is the PGA Level 3 Certificate that has been in existence for the past years, which is awarded on the basis of passing the coaching element of the Foundation Degree
  • The PGA Level 3 certificate was awarded by the PGA to 31/12/2007 as the only coaching qualification available for golf.  This will continue to be recognised by the golfing community as an acceptable level of qualification, but will be superseded by the new, UKCC Endorsed award in due course.
  • Assistants qualifying from 1st January 2008 graduate with the Foundation Degree in Professional Golf and should have already gained their Level 2 qualification which will enable them to apply for PGA Membership if required
  • The UKCC Endorsed Level 3coaching qualification are anticipated to be launched from January 2010 and will be available to Assistants and current Professionals if they wish to further develop their coaching.
  • UKCC Endorsed coaching qualifications can only be awarded where a candidate completes the course and assessment required

It says you have to be 18 to attend the Safeguarding and Child Protection workshop, but as I’m only 17 I can’t go therefore I cant get a certificate/licence to complete my level 1
 
What shall I do?

In regards to your query below 16 and 17 year olds can attend if you have the support of a mentor in your club or relevant organisation.  This mentor can attend the SPC course with you or simply support your application.  I suggest that you contact the sports coach UK Business Support Centre at Loughborough to speak to one of their administrators about booking a place.

Tel: 01509 226130

I am interested in becoming a PGA coach education tutor, how do I go about this?

The PGA are currently conducting a workforce audit and planning exercise to identify any gaps in the coach education tutor and assessor workforce.  Once this exercise is complete any tutor vacancies will be identified and advertised in the PGA Professional magazine and on the PGA website.  A comprehensive tutor accreditation programme has been implemented which includes clear recruitment, selection and training policies and this will be made available to potential tutors once any adverts have been placed.  Anyone interested in becoming a coach education tutor or assessor should therefore regularly refer to their PGA magazine and the website.  It is likely that any vacancies for 2009 will be advertised in the Spring. 

What are the details on the costs and how long will the course take to become a PGA coach education tutor?

Individuals recruited to become tutors will not have to pay for their training, only their expenses to attend training (e.g. accommodation, travel).  From start to finish, the training process will take roughly a year and will include training, assessment and practical tutoring experience.

Questions relating to EGTF/WGTF such as:

Where do courses such as the egtf and wgtf ones fit into the national framework? Are they a legitimate route into coaching in your opinion?

I have a query about how your qualification is different to a qualification from the European Golfers Teaching Federaion (EGTF) & World Golf Teaching Federation of GB (WGTFGB).  Are the PGA qualifications better recognised than the other two, and if so, why? Are your qualifications internationally recognised?

Should be answered along the lines of:

I am unable to answer your query directly as the EGTF/WGTF qualifications are completely separate agencies to the PGA and therefore we do not have any involvement in their teaching qualifications.  I am not in a position to comment on the legitimacy of the qualifications they offer, so can only advise you on factual information around the new qualifications offered by the PGA. 

The new coaching qualifications at Levels 1, 2 and 3 offered by the PGA have been developed in line with UK Coaching Certificate standards.  These are nationally recognised standards that offer a mark of quality across many sports in the UK.  The qualifications will be awarded through an independent awarding body, the Association of Sports Qualifications, later this year once this body is formally established. 

The PGA were tasked by the Governing Bodies of golf in the UK to design and develop UKCC recognised coaching qualifications, which we have done over the past four years.  We are now working in partnership with these governing bodies to develop the sport of golf at all levels from grass roots to elite level.  As far as we are aware, neither the EGTF or WGTF have this kind of developmental involvement with the Home Nations Golf Unions.  The PGA is committed to working in partnership for the benefit of the game and is leading the work on the UK Coaching Framework for golf in partnership with each of the Home Nations Golf Unions.  You can read more about both the UK Coaching Certificate and the UK Coaching Framework on the sports coach UK website at www.sportscoachuk.org

The new qualifications delivered by the PGA will be on the National Qualifications Framework; I do not know if this is the case for EGTF/WGTF qualifications.  You must appreciate that the PGA, the EGTF and the WGTF are effectively competing organisations in the golf coaching market, and obviously I would recommend the qualifications delivered by the PGA as I have been involved in their development from the beginning.  However, ultimately you must decide which route you wish to take and I can only provide factual information on the qualifications offered by the PGA.  I hope that the information in this e-mail has assisted your decision in some way.

Can I come up to the Belfry one day to discuss the Level 1/Level 2 course in more detail face to face prior to my course?

(An individual wanting to go on a L2 course made this request)

Whilst your enthusiasm is commendable, a meeting as you suggest is simply not possible.  The remit of the Coaching staff is extremely wide and we are unable to enter into individual communication with potential candidates.  We deal with over 1500 applicant coaches per year and we could not offer this service to all and therefore in the interests of fairness will not offer this to individuals.  We believe that the programme we have in place fully supports candidates and therefore such meetings are not necessary.

If you wish to seek further support for your coaching I strongly recommend that you investigate whether your county associations have developed a County Golf Partnership that is responsible for the development of golf at a local level.  These partnerships are looking to co-ordinate coaching across their locality in order to develop quality golf programmes for juniors in particular.  If you wish to be an active coach then involvement in such partnerships will ensure that your activities are contributing to the development of golf in line with governing body plans.

How do the coaching qualifications differ from the PGA Foundation Degree?  Do the coaching qualifications earn any credit towards the Foundation Degree?  (And other questions of this ilk)

Anyone receiving a query along these lines should direct the individual concerned to the PGA website where they can find the detail on coaching qualifications and the requirements for the Foundation Degree.  There is information on the website about becoming a Professional and we also have a brochure on ‘how to become a Professional’ that can be sent out to people. 

We are unable to offer specific guidance on salaries a golf coach/Professional may obtain if people ask as these are set by individual employers (e.g. golf clubs), who are also responsible for their own recruitment policies etc.  We are not under any obligation to provide in depth answers and communication to non-Members and shouldn’t feel pressured to answer specific questions as this could well end up taking a great deal of our time, so should use the resources in existence (e.g. website) to direct people towards.

In time there will be an FAQ sheet on the website for general queries and FAQ answers on coach education on WebCT – this will be confirmed.


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