Becoming a Fully Qualified Professional

We have Golf Professionals looking for PGA trainees now, if you are thinking about becoming a PGA trainee contact Josh or Dominic at the PGA today for more information. 
Josh Longney - Dominic Sainsbury -  
Positions available at;
Royal Wellington Golf Club 
Marlborough Golf Club
2018 PGA Trainee Raffle Results 

Thank you for your efforts with selling, returning the stubs and putting the coin in the bank account for your 2018 Trainee Raffle.


1st - Golf for four people (including carts) at Kauri Cliffs GC, Matauri Bay, including two nights accomodation for four at The Ramada Suites in Paihia or Taipa sold by Scott Curtis - Winner Pam McCormick from Papamoa

2nd - Golf for four people at Pegasus Golf and Sports (including carts) sold by Thomas Hardy - Won by Connor McFadzien

3rd - Oakley Summer Golf Package Radar Prizm Golf Sunglasses sold by Sean Blomquist - Winner Nicola Cooke

4th - One pair of top line Footjoy DNA golf shoes sold by Blair Riordan - Won by N Adams

5th - Custom Fitted Titleist Vokey Wedge sold by Sara Deam - Winner Furlong

6th - Custom Fitted Titleist Vokey Wedge sold by Sonia Bak - Won by Dominic Hannah

7th - 12 Pro V1 Golf balls sold by Ben Harwood - Winner Ant White

8th - 12 Pro V1 Golf Balls sold by Hamish Grant - Won by Nina Grant

9th - Dozen Pro V1 Golf balls sold by Nick Botica - Winner Tony Botica

10th - 12 Pro V1 Golf balls sold by Grace Senior - Won by Nick Codyre

11th - Dozen Pro V1 Golf  balls sold by Brett Peacock - Winner Edward Li


Let your Passion become your Career Becoming a Fully Qualified PGA Professional 

The PGA Academy exists to provide a pathway for individuals that wish to become a fully qualified PGA Professional.

"My time spent as a Trainee Professional and the journey that I have been on through the PGA Academy has been a truly unique experience.

Throughout the three years I spent in the programme I've learnt more than I could have ever imagined, I've reached goals that seemed like dreams and met some of the most amazing and interesting people that I have ever had the pleasure to spend time with and learn from.

I feel privileged and honoured to have been able to take part and complete the traineeship and incredibly proud to call myself a full member of the PGA, the traineeship has given me the skills and qualification to launch my career in golf and I'm excited to see what the future has in store.

Sam Abela AA Member, PGA Academy

 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2019 PROGRAM. Please download the form by following the link  PGA Application Form for the 2019 PGA Trainee Program


The PGA Trainee Program is ideal both male and female golfers who have a passion for a career in golf.

PGA Trainees work alongside fully qualified PGA members and receive practical work experience and on-the-job training at approved golf facilities around the country.

In addition to developing real skills for the workplace, PGA Trainees also receive nationally accredited qualifications in a variety of vocational disciplines.

Graduates of the PGA Trainee Program are eligible for the following certifications and accreditations:

  • PGA Coach Gateway Qualification (Career Oriented Participation)
  • PGA Coach Development Qualification (Career Oriented Participation)
  • New Zealand Apprenticeship Scheme
  • NZQA Level 3 National Certificate in Recreation & Sport - Coaching and Instruction
  • NZQA Level 3 National Certificate in Sales
  • NZQA Level 4 National Certificate in Sport and Recreation
  • NZQA Level 5 National Diploma in Business Management
  • Diploma in Golf Business Management
  • Full Vocational Membership of the PGA of New Zealand

Course Structure

Studies in the Trainee Program are a combination of on-the-job training, block release training schools, distance and on-line education.

 Academic Content

During their Traineeship Trainees will study subjects under the following categories:
  • Coaching. A little bit of what to coach and a huge amount of HOW to coach. Coaching is one of the most important aspects of a club professionals role. The trainee examines effective coaching techniques, and learns how to use modern teaching aids such a launch monitors in the most effective way.
  • Golf Science, which imparts an understanding of human anatomy and biomechanics, and their impact on the golf swing.
  • Golf Specific Psychology
  • Club Design, Construction and Repair. While few golf Professionals nowadays make clubs, they do need to understand their construction in order to be able to offer a first class fitting and repair service. The rapid evolution of technology in the design and construction of golf clubs presents a constant challenge to the Club Professional.
  • Retail Theory: specific to the golf business.
  • Tournament: promotion and management.
  • Business Management : delivered under NZQA. The purpose of this course is to ensure that graduates from the PGA Training Programme will have the expertise to enable them to survive and prosper in the modern economic world in a golf specific business sense. The golf management programme is built into each years level of study.
Two training schools are held during each year of training covering theoretical assignments and practical examinations to assess the progress of the trainee.
Prior to graduation the Trainee is also required to gain areas of competence from these external bodies:
  • Comprehensive Workplace First Aid Certificate - a two day course - delivered by Red Cross or St. Johns.
  • Class A or B Rules Badge from the New Zealand Golf Association. Seminars and examinations are conducted by District Golf Associations.
Job Outcomes

Employment opportunities for graduates of the PGA Trainee Program include

  • Head Professional
  • Director of Golf
  • Assistant Professional
  • Golf Operations Manager/Assistant
  • Teaching Professional
  • Tournament Professional
  • Development Officer
  • Company Sales/Technical Representative
  • Golf Club Manager

Some members also transition into golf management or other industry related roles and seek additional skills through the completion of continuing education programs or external content.

For more information about the PGA Trainee Program please contact the PGA Academy on (09) 4886617 or Email:

Practical Playing Requirement
Professional tournament play is an integral component of the PGA Trainee Program. Throughout the program, Trainees are required to complete in a number of professional events to ensure they retain a professional playing standard.
There is a wide variety of playing opportunities for Trainees such as:
  • Weekly trainee matches
  • Domestic Pro-Am events
  • Charles Tour Events
  • PGA National Trainee events
  • PGA Tour of Australasia events (subject to eligibility)
A minimum of twenty (20) rounds per year is used to calculate an adjusted playing average and successful completion of the playing requirement is contingent on achieving the required average in each of three (3) separate playing periods.
Admission Requirements
To be eligible for the 2019 PGA Trainee Program applicants must:
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age as at January 1 of the year they commence in the program
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident with the ability to work unrestricted for the duration of the program.
  • Have attained a minimum of Year 12 or equivalent and provide certified copies of academic transcripts. If minimum Year 12 has not been attained an Aptitude Test will need to be sat at time of interview
  • Have a handicap (exact) at the time of entry of three (3) or better for males and six (6) or better for females
  • Attend an interview and aptitude assessment day with representatives of the Academy and provide evidence in support of their application.
Course Fees
In 2018 the yearly fee for the PGA Traineeship was $5060. Therefore, future applicants for the program can expect a yearly fee approximately the same price, normally adjusted for the CPI (Consumer Price Index).
Application Process
Please download the form by following the link  2019 PGA Trainee Program Application Form
All applications must be received by the PGA Academy at the PGA Office no later than 31 August 2018.
For more information about the PGA Trainee Program please contact the PGA Academy on (09) 4886617 or Email: 
 "Regular coaching and advice from a PGA Professional - whether on their game or equipment - is one of the most beneficial things any golfer can do to improve not only their game, but also their enjoyment of golf"
Padraig Harrington - Honorary PGA Professional 


2017 PGA Trainee Awards and Graduation
The PGA of NZ welcomed nine new members at the PGA trainee awards and graduation at Gulf Harbour Country Club in Auckland.  Attended by PGA trainee family and friends, PGA education supporters Acushnet Company, Industry Training Organisation Skills Active, New Zealand Golf, NZ Golf Magazine, The Clubhouse, PGA Full members, and PGA Board members
PGA Professionals complete a three year modern apprenticeship to be qualified in coaching, management, small business, club technology, repairs and events. Graduating
PGA trainees were presented with their membership and graduating certificates by PGA of NZ president Dennis Clark.
AA class members - Nick Loach, Conal Cooke, Larissa Blackbourn, Sam Lee
A class members
These are the second group trainees to graduate through the NZQA New Zealand Apprenticeship scheme.
PGA Values Awards
Ben Harwood for outstanding No Exceptions Coaching Workshops. 
Tom Hardy for outstanding academic achievements and the growth and support of junior golf in the Hastings area.
PGA trainee order of merit winner – Blair Riordan
Titleist and Foot joy excellence in education scholarship winners
Stage 1 - Blair Riordan
Stage 2 - Grant Boyd
Stage 3 - Nick Loach
Overall Trainee of the Year is Nick Loach

To find out more information on the PGA Academy Trainee programme see "How to Turn Pro"