Play Ability Test

Become a Member

The Play Ability Test (PAT) is standardized testing all Applicants must pass in order to be eligible to apply for membership. All prospective Applicants are required to register with the PGA of Canada prior to registering for a PAT in 2020. Once an application has been accepted, the PGA of Canada will notify the PGA of Alberta Office that there is a new Applicant who will be attempting a PAT. The PAT’s are conducted by the Zones.

Prospective Members must Meet the following Entrance Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or higher
  • Currently work in the golf industry
  • Pass a sanctioned Play Ability Test
  • Complete a police check with Sterling BackCheck Online

New PAT Target Score

  • 1 round PAT
  • No maximum number of attempts per year
  • All PAT’s are open to all Applicants
  • For Men, 49 years of age & under - the course rating plus 9 strokes
  • For Men, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 11 strokes
  • For Women, 49 years of age & under - the course rating plus 13 strokes
  • For Women, 50 years of age & older - the course rating plus 15 strokes

New PAT Registration Process
Step 1 - Register online at - The cost is $325 plus tax, which includes your 1st PAT attempt and is valid for one year from the date of the registration. After a year, you must re-register as an applicant to register for and attempt at PAT.

Step 2 
- Register online at for all PAT’s - ($150 per each additional attempt)

If an Applicant is unsuccessful in each of their PAT attempts over the course of a season, those applicants may try again the following season. Successful Applicants will pay dues for the upcoming season at that time. Click here for more information on the application process and the steps that need to be taken after becoming a member.

New PAT Exemption Process
PAT exemptions are available, as determined by the PGA of Canada. In recognition of demonstrated playing ability, an Applicant will be awarded an exemption from the Play Ability Test requirement based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a stroke play event with referees present
  • Score meets the PAT standard of 9 over the course rating for men and 13 over the course rating for women
  • Scores from an event within the past two years (2019 & 2018) run by one of the following: Golf Canada and it’s provincial associations, NCAA, PGA Tour, Mackenzie PGA Tour Canada, Korn Ferry Tour, Asian Tour, European Tour, PGA Tour Australasia, Sunshine Tour, Challenge Tour, Champions Tour, European Seniors Tour, Korean Tour, LPGA Tour, Symetra Tour, Ladies European Tour, LPGA of Japan, Australian (ALPG) Tour, Korean LPGA Tour (KLPGA), PGA of Canada National Championships, PAT run by a PGA of Canada Zone and a PAT run by recognized foreign PGA’s.

To apply for a PAT Exemption, please follow the below steps.

Step 1 - Register online at - at $325 plus tax

Step 2
 - Submit your scores for a possible PAT Exemption using the online form at (if successful, an additional fee of $25 plus tax applies).

Withdrawal Policy
Players who wish to withdraw from a PAT must do so no later than 4:00pm before the Registration Deadline. Please refer to the Registration Deadlines in the table below.

  • Withdrawal before Registration Deadline = 100% Refund
  • Withdrawal after Registration Deadline = No Refund

A player who fails to withdraw online or notify the office staff of their withdrawal before the Registration Deadline will not receive a refund of their entry fee.

2021 Alberta PAT Schedule - Coming Soon...

Ready to Apply?
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Access the online application on the PGA of Canada website