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Do you want to become a certified golf instructor or are you already coaching?

Regardless of your situation, it is important to consider the benefits of earning your certification for both yourself and your students.

Certification is a process that recognizes coaches and instructors who meet certain standards and promises that they will provide quality services.

The National Registry of Professional Golf Instructors®–NRPGI™ has been setting standards and training coaches and instructors since 1999 to protect the interests of students.

To ensure that coaches and instructors meet these standards, the NRPGI offers an accredited training and certification program consisting of 267 learning objectives.

Upon completion of the program, coaches and instructors can identify themselves as NRPGI-Certified.

NRPGI-Certified coaches and instructors are dependable and competent educators who abide by the organization’s Code of Ethics.

The certification process is both challenging and rewarding, and the registry offers individualized attention to help instructors develop their skills.

If you want to jumpstart your golf career, request more information today from the National Registry of Professional Golf Instructors.

Request Your FREE No-Obligation Information Packet Now!

“I am impressed with the thoroughness and insight of the NRPGI instruction program. I think Hogan would be, too.” – Curt Sampson

“I believe this experience with your program was very personal and interesting. I look forward to working with students to help them have a better understanding of the game of golf.” – R. B., Totowa, New Jersey

“NRPGI is a great way to get started in a profession of a lifetime. I’ve been a member since 2008, and I am proud to contribute and be associated with the organization.” – Chris Warner

“Great program. No suggestions to improve. I have received an offer to work at a golf course in Massachusetts. Thanks!” – J. W., The Villages, Florida


Below you will find a list of frequently ask questions.
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How much does it cost to get certified?

$53 – Application Fee (non-refundable)
$97 – Annual Dues (non-refundable)
$847 – Certification Program
Total: $997
(Dues and fees subject to change without notice.)

How can a physical skill like golf be learned through home study?

This program does not teach you a physical skill. It teaches you how to teach others a physical skill.

By taking and passing the free, no-obligation qualifying aptitude test/entrance exam, you prove that you have a good understanding of golf.

The program builds upon the knowledge you already have by giving you a pattern to follow for teaching in a systematic, professional manner.

What do I study from? Do I need a computer?

No, you DO NOT need a computer. The program is available online AND you will receive traditional books for study. You can do the entire program with a computer, books only, or a combination of both. It’s your choice.

What happens if I fail a test?

To earn your certification you must achieve a score of 70% or above for each test.

All tests are open book. If you fail a test you will be given the opportunity to submit a make-up test consisting of those questions missed.

If your performance on the make-up test brings the total percentage of right answers above the passing mark, we will record a grade of 70, and you continue the course.

How long will it take me to get certified?

The program is self paced. Most instructors earn certification within two or three months. Some have completed the course in one month. You can take up to two years, but it shouldn’t take that long.

Does NRPGI offer placement assistance for graduates?

Yes. Although we cannot guarantee you a job, we will assist you in finding one.

What are the benefits of certification, and what will I receive as a member?

We do not offer international shipping or ship to any freight forwarder. However, all certification requirements can be completed through e-books.

  • Leather look gold imprinted binders (2)
  • Golf instructor course – 20 lessons
  • Supplementary Instructor Guide
  • Toll-Free membership services number
  • Envelopes for submitting lessons by mail
  • Toll-Free number for submitting lessons by fax

After course completion:

  • Teaching certificate on parchment paper with gold seal
  • Eligibility to display NRPGI™ seal on clothing and business cards
  • Promotion of you as an NRPGI™ pro at and on Google
  • Embroidered certification patch
  • Access to low-cost liability insurance
  • Gold credit card type membership card embossed with your name
  • Free collared golf shirt with embroidered NRPGI™ seal

What is involved in doing the home study program? How many tests are there?

There are 20 lessons in the program.

At the end of each lesson is a test that you take then send to us for grading. We will grade the tests and return them with helpful feedback.

For some lessons you will do practice-teaching exercises at your local driving range or other suitable location with your own student (you can use the same student for the entire program). In this way you put to practical use the knowledge you have gained from your studies.

How will you check my teaching skills? Do I have to go somewhere to be tested?

Your performance on the test at the end of each lesson is the primary factor considered when judging your readiness to be certified.

With home study you complete all requirements for certification in your home and at your local driving range or other suitable location. Thus, costly travel to a testing site is completely eliminated

Once you are certified, though, we reserve the right to check on your teaching in person. This is at no expense to you.

How do I get help if I need it?

Your course instructor will work closely with you to ensure you are progressing satisfactorily and passing all the tests.

If you have a question about your studies, you can submit it to your instructor by mail using the specially prepared Request Form or by e-mail following the same format.

You can get help for other routine matters (e.g. you need additional reply envelopes, you wish to submit your change of address, etc.) by calling our toll-free membership services number during regular office hours.

Will my certification be recognized by prospective employers and students?

Yes. Employers and students recognize your NRPGI credential because it is through an accredited program. Also, NRPGI is a United States Golf Association Member in Good Standing.

Can I use my certification to get a job at a golf facility?

Yes. Many of our members are working at country clubs, resorts, and other facilities.

Certification shows a prospective employer that you are serious about golf and that you want to be the best at what you do.

What do others have to say about this instruction program?

Read testimonials and comments from colleagues and members.

Are there any extras to pay for?

Definitely not! With the NRPGI there are no hidden charges. Once certified you are only obligated to pay yearly membership dues, which is a requirement with all certification organizations.

Start Your New Golf Career Today With NRPGI

To ensure golf teachers meet basic standards, the NRPGI produces and administers a training and certification program consisting of 267 learning objectives with training exercises.

Golf teachers who successfully pass the program are authorized to identify themselves by the designation NRPGI-Certified.

NRPGI-Certified golf teachers are dependable and competent educators who have agreed to abide by the organization’s Code of Ethics at all times.

For a golf teacher certified by the NRPGI, the road to certification was both challenging and rewarding.

So, as you can see, when it comes to providing parents and students with the best value, certification is the golf teacher’s best friend.

Golf teachers throughout the United States and other countries are finding that with the NRPGI they always receive individualized, person-to-person attention.

You progress at your own pace. You study at home, practice the techniques with your own students at your local driving range or other suitable location and then send in your completed work for grading.

The registry will spend as much time as is necessary to help you develop your golf teaching technique.

Jump start your golf teacher career today!

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