Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What qualifications are issued to Trainees via the Trainee Program?
  2. What qualifications are issued to Trainees via the Professional Year and Bridging Programs?
  3. Who is primarily responsible for the training and education of Trainees?
  4. Am I required to be employed whilst undertaking the Trainee, Professional Year or Bridging Programs?
  5. What employment award do I utilise in determining my pay?
  6. What are the most common awards applicable to Trainees?
  7. What should I pay a PGA Bridging or Professional Year (PY) Trainee?
  8. When are applications open for the various programs?

 

1.  What qualifications are issued to Trainees via the Trainee Program?

Trainees are issued the following qualifications through completion of various requirements in the Trainee Program:

SIS20412 - Certificate II in Sport (Career Oriented Participation), Year 1

SIS30613 - Certificate III in Sport (Career Oriented Participation), Year 2

SIS50512 - Diploma of Sport Coaching, Year 3

Professional Golf Coach Accreditation

Full Vocational PGA Membership

In addition, Trainees complete other qualifications and certifications such as R&A Rules of Golf, Workplace-Based First Aid, Working with Children Check, ASADA Anti-Doping.

2.  What qualifications are issued to Trainees via the Professional Year and Bridging Programs?

Trainees are issued the following qualifications through completion of various requirements in the Professional Year or Bridging Program:

SIS50512 - Diploma of Sport Coaching

Professional Golf Coach accreditation

Full Vocational PGA Membership

In addition, Trainees complete other qualifications and certifications such as R&A Rules of Golf, Workplace-Based First Aid, Working with Children Check, ASADA Anti-Doping.

3.  Who is primarily responsible for the training and education of Trainees?

The responsibility for the training and education of Trainees is the combined responsibility of the PGA Employer and the PGA. The PGA Employer is responsible for providing an effective training environment via the workplace and the PGA is responsible for facilitating and encouraging workplace training via appropriate education assessment items. It is vital for PGA Employers to view their role as important in the development of Trainees.

4.  Am I required to be employed whilst undertaking the Trainee, Professional Year or Bridging Programs?

Yes, Trainees in the three-year Trainee Program are required to be employed at a "green-grass" facility under a fully qualified PGA Professional for a minimum of 76 hours per fortnight (38 hours per week).

Professional Year Trainees are required to be employed at a "green-grass" facility under a fully qualified PGA Professional for a minimum of 76 hours per fortnight (38 hours per week).

Bridging Program Trainees are not required to be indentured full-time, but are required to complete 600 hours of Vocational Work Placement, see the Bridging Program Information, Structure and Eligibility Criteria more information.

All employment is required to be approved by the State Division prior to employment commencing.

5.  What employment award do I utilise in determining my pay?

The PGA has developed a comprehensive document outlining the wages for Trainee Professionals. Please refer the section on wages for comprehensive information in the Information Kit relating to Trainee wages. For further clarification relating to Trainee wages, contact your State Manager.

6.  What are the most common awards applicable to Trainees?

The most common awards that may be applicable for the employment of Trainees are the Amusement, Events and Recreation Award and the Registered and Licensed Clubs Award. In addition, in specific circumstances, other awards may be applicable – click here for a list of other possible awards.

7.  What should I pay a PGA Bridging or Professional Year (PY) Trainee?

There are wages guidance documents available for both Bridging Program Trainees and Professional Year (PY) Trainees. It is important to note that Bridging Trainees and PY Trainees cannot be paid Trainee wages and must be paid as per an applicable award.

8.  When are applications open for the various programs?

Applications open for the Trainee and Professional Year Programs on 1st June each year via the PGA website, and close 31st August.

Applications for the Bridging Program are open throughout the year and can be obtained by contacting the Training Manager; academy@pga.org.au.