Education

Education

It is the goal of the PGA of Alberta along with the Education Committee to support our Members with continued educational initiatives to assist them with the provision of superior instruction, club management and promotion of the game to ensure the most relevant Industry information is available to them at all times.

The PGA of Alberta is dedicated to providing Apprentice Professionals and Class A Members with opportunities to better themselves as golf professionals. As a Member, you have access to a tremendous body of world class education through our Professional Development Series, Spring Seminar, and Buying Show Education Series.

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The PGA of Alberta’s Education Committee and its Teaching Summit Sub-Committee are happy to present our annual “Teaching Summit” initiative with a slightly different look, feel & summer dates after a brief hiatus from the ongoing pandemic. With the ongoing uncertainty for international travel the decision was made to keep the respective events local this year, take advantage of some of the incredible local talent we have within our Association for the Instructors’ and make use of some of the many top-notch facilities we are lucky to have in our Zone. 


This year’s  North and South events will only be 1-day sessions and will be contingent on restrictions being eased in terms of  allowable instruction & allowable group sizing. Due to the ongoing restrictions and concern for even inter-provincial travel - a North & South event have been set with the clearly stated aim that - Members will try to attend their local event before trying for the other option.

Registration for each event opens at 4:00PM on Monday, June 7th. Registration’s will capped at 1 solo entry per Member and it will be on a First-Come-First-Served basis so make sure to mark the date in your calendar! 
The names of the 4 Instructors/Facilitators will be announced on Monday, May 31st.    

Both events will consist of 4-hours of instruction, 1 hour of lunch & networking and to finish a round of golf with your peers. Registered attendees will be polled for their preferences on topics of instruction. Participants will get a chance to work on their own game as well as develop their coaching skills by observing the other participants with the instructors; always with the ability to ask questions in real time to both student and teacher to create an open learning atmosphere for all.

TOP 100 POINTS – Each member will receive 5 Top 100 points for attending the Teaching Summit (5 points max). Click here to view standings.


South Teaching Summit Details & Dates

Date Location Capacity Cost Instructors Announcement Date Registration Opening Date TOP 100 POINTS
Monday, July 19th  Priddis Greens G&CC 10 Members $200 Monday, May 31st  Monday, June 7th @ 4:00PM  5 total

North Teaching Summit Details & Dates

Date Location Capacity Cost Instructors Announcement Date Registration Opening Date TOP 100 POINTS
Monday, August 23rd  Edmonton Petroleum G&CC 10 Members $200 Monday, May 31st  Monday, June 7th @ 4:00PM  5 total

Click here for the South event page

Click here for the North event page

Please contact me at ([email protected]) with any questions/comments/concerns. 

The Professional Development Series have been designed by the PGA of Alberta Education Committee to assist members in all membership categories gain the knowledge they need to perform their duties at the golf club. 

This year’s Education topics have been pinpointed by the Education Committee and from the various surveys of our members throughout the year as skills that are necessary in order to lead any Golf Professional down a path of success in the industry, no matter what your career aspirations – Teacher, Head Professional, General Manager, etc.

The PGA of Alberta Podcast

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The Education Committee is excited to launch our new Professional Development Podcast series. With the impact of COVID-19 our committee agreed that we would not be able to provide our familiar educational offerings throughout the off-season. Like everything else, we were forced to adapt to the circumstances of the world. As you have seen we have moved our Spring Education Conference to an on-line format and now we are thrilled to launch our PGA of Alberta Podcast Series to replace our Professional Development seminars that are typically offered throughout the off-season.

This new opportunity allows us to provide our members with more relevant topics from our industry leaders. The episodes are an easy listen, and we are confident that you will be able to extract some information that will help you professionally and personally. After the success of season 1, our committee has worked hard to bring you a line up of new guests that will continue to help you learn and develop. Each episode will be unique and cover specific topics that are relevant to our industry.

 

The Education Committee is thrilled to kick off season 2 of our Podcast series featuring various PGA of Alberta members. Our first guests will be Mr. Jim McCulley and Mr. Tory Nilson of Callaway Golf. They will be discussing a variety of topics including; how they both arrived at Callaway, demand vs inventory in the past year, and Callaway’s sponsorship of the Pro-Assistant Championship. Josh Fleming of GOLFTEC Beacon Heights is back to host Jim and Tory who also shed some light on what the future holds for the golf industry

 

Click here for the website for our Podcast

Click here for Season 2 Episode 1 on Spotify

Click here for Season 2  Episode 1 on Apple

The Education Committee is excited to announce that the 2021 Spring Seminar Presented by Gordon Food Service, E-Z-GO, and Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers has been green-lit for operating as a digital education conference due to the ongoing uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Switching to a digital conference will allow us to provide a safe education alternative for our members and provide the opportunity to try some new things in terms of format and technology which will benefit the show for years to come.

The Seminar will be held Monday, February 22nd & Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 , and will be held via the Whova App/Platform - which allows video integration with a variety of video hosting platforms, sharing of agendas with attendees for presentations, sharing of any presentation related documents the Speakers provide and many more features. Click here for a YouTube video on Whova. The Education Committee has diligently been working through the survey results from last year’s seminar, proposals received from various speakers on relevant industry topics and are excited for this year’s line-up.

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Keys to a Successful Junior Program Webinar - March 18, 2021

In conjunction with the Assistants’ Board of Directors, we are pleased to offer a webinar geared for Assistant/Apprentice Professionals on Thursday, March 18th from 10-11:30am via Zoom.

The session will be on the topic of “Keys to a Successful Junior Program” and will be moderated by a panel of experienced Professionals in the area of junior golf. More information will be released closer to the webinar date and after you register.

This is a free webinar for all attendees with the purpose to give Assistants’ a chance to talk with their peers and collaborate on best practices/new ideas heading into the 2021 season.