Certified Professional Program

The Certified Professional Program is an online, career-enhancing educational curriculum that supports the goals of PGA members who are committed to continuously improving their business and teaching skills to meet the increasing demands of the golf industry. This online approach ensures "on-demand" access when your schedule permits, while reducing time and travel costs associated with traditional classes.

The program offers four certifications:

  • General Management
  • Golf Operations
  • Teaching & Coaching
  • Player Development



that follow the seven defined career paths (Golf Operations, Teaching & Coaching, General Management, Executive Management, Retail, Ownership/Leasing and Player Development) of a PGA Professional.


Requirements of the Certified Professional Program include:

  • Select your career path.
  • Complete all assigned reading and course work. The courses to complete will be listed once a career path is selected.
  • Submit a paper that summarizes the impact and enhanced performance gained on the job as a result of your training and development.
  • Complete a project that focuses around learning outcomes that support the certification of your choice.
  • All PGA members will be able to complete the 2.0 Certified Program, except for class F members. Class F members may purchase the CPP library and complete courses, but cannot become Certified until after transfer out of Class F.
  • Once Certification is achieved, members are encouraged to continue their education in the Master Professional Program. This program is The PGA of America's highest designation, and is comprised of an extensive project based on the specific certification previously acquired. PGA Professionals must have eight years of PGA membership to achieve PGA Master Professional status.


If you would like to speak with someone in the Education Department directly, please call (866) 866-3382, option 6 or you may email PGACPP2MENTOR@PGAHQ.COM.


Certified PGA Professionals

As of April 1, 2017

Steven R. Beach, PGA

Erik L Billinger, PGA

Alexandra R. Braga, PGA

Gregory Bryan, PGA

Tom F. Buzbee, PGA

Kevin P. Carlson, PGA

John J. Cassidy, PGA

Graham T. Cliff, PGA

Joshua L. Coccagna, PGA

Douglas Cook, PGA

Leslie J. Core-Drevecky, PGA

Erin E. Diegel, PGA

Jonathan L. Dron, PGA

Richard E. Ellefson, PGA

Billy D. Ellison, PGA

Jeff E. Freebury, PGA

Jim Hajek, PGA

Jesse G. Hansen, PGA

Erin M. Hinderliter, PGA               

Gary W. Hoffman, PGA

Brady R. Jones, PGA

George C. Kahrhoff, PGA

Kenneth M. Kettler, PGA

Matthew D Lodwick, PGA

James W. MacDougall II, PGA

Todd R. Marley, PGA

Ed L. Marzec II, PGA

Kirk R. Mease, PGA

Michael K. Melena, PGA              

Randall L. Meyers, PGA

Chad J. Miller, PGA

Joshua G Miller, PGA

Nathan C. Morris, PGA 

Cameron T. Morton, PGA

Jason C. Murphy, PGA

Dennis Murray, PGA

David J. Nelson, PGA

Thomas B. Noonan, PGA

Peter M. Norwood, PGA

Patrick G. Nuber, PGA

Stephen M. O'Brien, PGA

Michael J. O'Donnell, PGA

Daniel J. O'Shaughnessy, PGA   

Will Panella, PGA

Ari A. Papadopoulos, PGA

Tyler G. Parsloe, PGA

Steve Patterson, PGA

Joseph D. Pinson, PGA 

Remington D. Post, PGA              

Jeff L. Rafferty, PGA

Alan L. Saunders, PGA

Matt D. Schalk, PGA

Casey A. Schiel, PGA

Adam M. Scott, PGA

Brad B. Skupaka, PGA

Beau S. Smith, PGA

Daniel P. Sniffin, PGA

Scott Sommers, PGA

Keith E. Soriano, PGA

Paul J. Surniak, PGA

Mark E. Sutherland, PGA

Chris Swinhart, PGA

Ty Thompson, PGA

Visanu Tongwarin, PGA

David Troyer, PGA

John R. Trujillo Jr., PGA

Andrew M. Tucker, PGA              

James C. Vaughn, PGA

Nathan S. Vincent, PGA

Kyle A. Voska, PGA

Scott R. Wells, PGA

Ben P. Welsh, PGA

Larry E. Worster, PGA

Rudolph T. Zupetz, PGA