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How Do I Become a Golf Instructor?

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Many resorts and vacation destinations hire golf instructors to work with guests.
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If you want to become a golf instructor, you must be skilled at and passionate about the game. Certification as available in your area, state or country can help give you the credentials to get hired to teach golf. While anyone could give golf lessons in most areas without certification, you're more likely to become a professional associated with the sport if you get certified. If your talent for the game is good enough to become a golf instructor, you can get training advice through well-known professional organizations such as the United States Golf Teachers Federation (USGTF), or its equivalent in other countries.

In addition to education and training options, joining golf professional organizations can help you meet other people with a passion for the game. You may hear of job openings or get leads on which country clubs to contact in order to be considered for employment to teach golf. Golf teaching organizations often have events such as a teacher's cup tournament or skills workshops. These events can be ideal environments for networking with others about the game as well as increasing your knowledge of the sport.

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Typically, golf certification programs are very short. It may take as little as a week to become a golf instructor certified to teach in your area. Make sure you plan how you'll get customers after you achieve certification. You'll need to understand how to market yourself as a professional golf instructor by knowing which markets and teaching opportunities you should pursue. Some golf instructor classes include marketing instruction as well as help with employment placement.

If you're presently in or planning to attend college, you could consider being a golf management major. If you want to become a golf instructor and eventually work full time in the business, majoring in the management side of the sport could be beneficial. As a golf management major, you're likely to be required to complete many internships; these will introduce you to course owners who may become future employers. The customer service skills you learn through an internship at a country club can help you learn more about the needs of your future customers.

Whether you're interested in learning how to become a golf instructor part time or full time, you may be able to take some home study courses on the Internet as part of your certification. If you have another profession, but want to teach golf only on the weekends, this may be possible depending on the demand and competition in your area. You'll need to build a strong reputation as a pro golf instructor to be sure to have enough clients who want to pay you for lessons.

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