Coach licensing

All coaches in the ClubGolf programme who successfully complete their ASQ Level 1 and ASQ Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Golf will receive a letter from The PGA inviting them to become a licensed coach. ClubGolf are committed to encouraging all clubs to only deploy qualified and licenced coaches, so all coaches are encouraged to complete their Coach Licence application as soon as possible.


Initial Coach Licence: Level 1 and Level 1 Advanced Coaches
In order to become a Level 1 licensed coach you must provide the following evidence:

• Attainment of an ASQ Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Golf
• Attended an approved Child Protection Workshops (e.g. sports coach UK,
Children 1st or Highland Council)

Once you have attended both these courses and are ready to be deployed into a position of regulated work you can then apply to become a member of the PVG scheme.

Evidence of each of these must be provided, and a passport-sized photograph supplied before The PGA will issue a Level 1 Volunteer Coach Licence.

In addition, you must:

• Operate in accordance with the role descriptor of a Level 1 Volunteer Coach
• Abide by the Coaches Code of Practice issued by The PGA
• Not take payment for coaching activities in line with rule 5.1 of the rules of golf as defined by the R&A
• Attend any compulsory CPD Course that arise as a result of legal changes
(for example to Child Protection legislation).

ClubGolf is committed to the deployment of licensed coaches in all of our programmes and the cost of an initial three-year Coach Licence is included in the fee paid for attending the Level 1 course.

Coach Licence: Level 2 Coaches
In order to become a Level 2 licensed coach you must provide the following evidence:

• Attainment of a ASQ Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Golf
• Attended an approved Child Protection Workshops (e.g. sports coach UK,
Children 1st or Highland Council)
• Membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme
• Obtain an Emergency First Aid qualification which is valid for the three-year period of the licence

Evidence of each of these must be provided, and a passport-sized photograph supplied, before The PGA will issue a Level 2 Volunteer Coach Licence.

In addition, you must:
• Operate in accordance with the role descriptor of a Level 2 Volunteer Coach
• Abide by the Coaches Code of Practice issued by The PGA
• Not take payment for coaching activities in line with rule 5.1 of the rules of golf as defined by the R&A
• Attend any compulsory CPD Course that arise as a result of legal changes
(for example to Child Protection legislation).

ClubGolf is committed to the deployment of licensed coaches in all of our programmes and the cost of an initial three-year Coach Licence is included in the fee paid for attending the Level 2 course.

How Do I Renew My Coach Licence?
When your licence is close to expiry, The PGA Membership Department will write to you advising of what you need to do to re-license. This will include:

• Completing and submitting a licence form
• Updating any personal details
• An up-to-date passport-sized photograph. (A new photograph is required every six years. If you have not provided a photograph for that period, you should submit a new photo with your re-licensing papers).
• Payment of the license renewal fee to The PGA which is currently £39.00

Once all of the above information is submitted and received at The PGA, your Volunteer Coach Licence will be re-issued which will last for three years.

Should your licence expire and (for whatever reason) you do not receive correspondence from The PGA, it remains your responsibility to ensure you renew your licence. You should contact the Coach Education Administrator, The PGA in Scotland, Kings Lodge, Gleneagles, Auchterarder, PH3 1NE or telephone: 01764 661848

How long is my Coach Licence valid?
Your Volunteer Coach Licence will remain valid for a period of three years. The licence expiry date is shown clearly on the front of your licence card.

What if I Don't Have a Coach Licence?
Coaches who have successfully completed the ASQ Level 1 or Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Golf but are not yet licensed should contact The PGAs Coach Education Administrator on 01764 661848 to ask for a Coach Licence application form. They will then receive a letter specifying the documentation they must submit in order to become licensed.

What evidence must I produce to show I am a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme?
If you submit your PVG Membership form via the Scottish Golf Union you will receive a letter from the Scottish Golf Child & Adult Protection team by return. This letter will confirm your registration on the PVG Scheme and will be accepted by The PGA assuitable evidence of membership to the PVG Scheme.
If you are in any doubt about the PVG Scheme membership process, or how to request a PVG Scheme membership form please contact your club's Child Protection Officer.

If you have any questions about the licensing process, or are unsure what documentation you need to submit, please contact:

Coach Education Administrator
The PGA in Scotland
Kings Lodge
Gleneagles
Auchterarder
PH3 1NE
Tel. 01764 661848


                        
                    

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