2020 PGA Trainee Fundraising Raffle Results

1st Prize - Golf for 4 people (including carts) at Clearwater GC and 2 nights accommodation at the Ramada suites – Christchurch

Won by - Andrew Gunn from Queenstown sold by Quinton Thompson

2nd Prize - Golf for 2 people (including carts) at Gulf Harbour Country Club Auckland or Jacks Point GC Queenstown

Won by – Paul Rehir from Paraparaumu sold by Brady Bernard

3rd PrizeOakley Radar Prizm Sunglasses

Won by – Callum Reed from Auckland sold by Anita Chau

4th PrizeBushnell Wingman GPS with Bluetooth Speaker

Winner – Simon Hayes from Queenstown sold by Luke Leesburg

5th & 6th Prizes12 Titleist Pro V1 Golf balls and a Titleist cap

WinnersHilary Hansell from Paraparaumu Beach &

Reilly O’Meagher from Northcote Point

7th - 11th  Prize of 12 Pro V1 Golf Balls

Winners - Barry O’Meara from Wellington,

Terry McGavin from Lower Hutt and

Craig Crosby from Wadestown all sold by Tony Sharp

Aaron Lowe from Papakura sold by Peter Witton

David Kim from Takapuna sold by Sonia Bak

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the people that supported our Trainees by purchasing a ticket in this years 2020 PGA Trainee Fundraising raffle. A big Thank you to all our sponsors. Well done to our Trainees for selling your raffles and nicely done if you sold one of the winning tickets.

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

  The PGA Trainee Program is ideal for 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.
  Applications for the 2021 programme are now open. Click below to download the application form. 

PGA AAD Application Form 2021.pdf 

PGA Apprentice Boost funding – Good news for PGA trainees and employers, the government details are out about the funding for employers who have apprentices, this scheme is designed to help places of work keep and take on new Apprentices. The PGA of NZ apprentice program meets the criteria, if you have a PGA trainee please apply for the funding by following the link below. Should you receive the funding please use the funds to help with your trainees education fees and expenses. Josh will in contact with trainees and training members over the coming week with more details.

  Let your Passion become your Career 

  "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 PGA Member

   For more information or if you are thinking about becoming a trainee contact    

  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 Key academic program areas for the 2019 program include: 
  Coaching - knowledge and skills for golf coaching, leading to the highest level of coach accreditation in golf. 
  Game Development - strategies and skills to actively grow participation and enjoyment of the sport of golf. 
  Small Business - strategic and operational skills for successfully operating business in the golf industry. 
  Management - skills and strategies relating to planning, organising and leading a golf club or golf organisation.
  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       A          Associations.


  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 4 National Certificate in Sport and Recreation 
  NZQA Level 4 National Diploma in Small Business Full Vocational Membership of the PGA of New Zealand  
  Job Outcomes Potential 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.
  Practical Playing Requirements

  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) m
  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 2021 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 2020 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)