Day 1

The full Five Day course includes one day of online assessment and four days attendance on-course. The online component needs to be completed by 9am on the second day of the four day attendance on-course.

 All materials required to complete the online segment will be emailed to the participant. As part of the online learning individuals will complete the 'Get Fit To Golf' self assessment program and a written rules test. The online work is sent out to candidates on receipt of course fees.

Days 2-5


The attendance aspect of the course includes your Playing Ability Test (PAT) and Verbal Teaching Test. The in-house learning activities (lectures, classes, discussion, theoretical components) will be held each morning at the golf course from 9:00am - 12:30pm.


The afternoon sessions will also be held at the golf course, giving students the opportunity to become familiar with the golf course and competent in course management aspects. Registration and orientation will take place 9am on Day 2 of the course (the first day on-course).


Courses are currently available in Methven and Taranaki. Check our Course Calender for dates at each location. If you would prefer us to travel to your local club on a date that suits you please Contact Us.

Below please take the time to read over the Course Content and Course Format for the Five Day Course.

During the five-day on-site certification course, you will learn to teach all facets of the game. Your course will be conducted by a NZGTF Master Golf Teaching Professional, who has years of experience. You will have ample opportunity to interact with your examiner in both group and one-on-one settings. One of our primary goals is that you enjoy your experience earning your certification. Enjoyment of the learning process is something that we hope you will pass on to your future students. From the opening orientation to the closing banquet, our staff will be there to help you maximize your potential as a golf teaching professional.

The following topics are covered in detail:

  • Common Sense Golf Teaching Ideas

  • Understanding Ball Flight Laws

  • Teaching the Golf Swing – Full Swing, Short Game & Trouble Shots

  • Psychology of Teaching Golf

  • Rules of the Game

  • Marketing Yourself as a Golf Teaching Professional

  • Clubfitting – What Teaching Professionals Should Know

  • Faults & Cures for Teaching Professionals

  • Use of Video in Teaching


A typical day starts in the classroom and then moves to the outdoor practice areas, where further focus is on learning to teach. You will also be given ample opportunity to practice in preparation for your playing ability test on the final day. We typically break for one hour around noon for lunch (exact time may vary), and in the afternoon you will be given the opportunity to play the course. Participants are on their own for meals, but many prefer to dine together. It is not necessary to become an Associate member prior to becoming a Certified Golf Teaching Professional. A Certified Golf Teaching Professional is one who can effectively teach all phases of the game, from beginning to advanced players.

In order for you to earn status as a NZGTF Certified Golf Teaching Professional, you will be required to successfully complete following tests:

  • 25-Question Golf Fundamentals Test (80% passing grade)

  • 40-Question Written Rules Test (70% passing grade)

  • One-on-one Verbal Teaching Test (75% passing grade)

  • 18-hole Playing Ability Test (see gender and age divisions below)


Written Rules Test

Multiple choice questions. Rules book is issued to you and permitted during the test along with the easier-to-understand version, “Rules in Brief.”

Verbal Teaching Test

This is based on detection and correction of swing errors. It will be taught to you during the course of the week so that you feel comfortable in this scenario.

Playing Ability Test

The PAT takes place on the last day of certification and has the following requirements:


  • Ages 18-49 – score of 83

  • Ages 50-59 – score of 84

  • Ages 60-69 – score of 86

  • Ages 70-over – score of 88

  • Ages 18-49 – score of 85

  • Ages 50-59 – score of 86

  • Ages 60-69 – score of 88

  • Ages 70-over – score of 90


  • 5 DAY COURSE with full training as described above including up to five rounds, practice facility and practice balls, full year membership and ID card, practice sessions, end of course dinner, video training & feedback.

COST: $2495 NZD