The USGTF and fellow WGTF entities provide three categories of certification. It is important to know what each category means, and also how members may identify themselves. It is required through the Code of Ethics that members identify themselves in an accurate manner. As a reminder, USGTF membership can be revoked for improper use of a member’s correct membership logo.
Associate Members are qualified to teach all facets of the game to average golfers. Associate Members must identify themselves with the words “Associate Member” when describing their USGTF membership. Affiliate Members are not allowed to describe themselves as a “USGTF Professional” or “Certified USGTF Member,” for example. Phrases that would be acceptable are “USGTF Associate Member Teaching Professional” and “Certified USGTF Associate Member.”
Fully-Certified Member (Certified Golf Teaching Professional®)
Certified Golf Teaching Professionals are qualified to teach all facets of the game to above-average players, and have successfully completed the verbal teaching and playing ability tests. Fully-certified members may identify themselves with almost any phrase, including “USGTF Professional” and “USGTF Certified Golf Teaching Professional®.” These members may participate in the United States Golf Teachers Cup® and World Golf Teachers Cup®. The phrase “Certified Golf Teaching Professional” is a United States federally registered trademark owned by the USGTF.
Master Golf Teaching Professional®
Master Golf Teaching Professionals have distinguished themselves as individuals with an exceptional level of commitment and desire to pursue excellence in golf teaching. They have earned the right to call themselves a “USGTF Master Golf Teaching Professional®,” and have demonstrated a teaching knowledge and ability to the highest order. The phrase “Master Golf Teaching Professional” is a United States Federal Registered Trademark owned by the USGTF.