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Frequently Asked Questions

At what point am I considered a professional? Can I play in amateur golf events when I am a member of the LPGA Professionals?
Membership with the LPGA Professionals constitutes "forfeiture of amateur status" (USGA Rules of Golf). USGA rules do not allow an amateur golfer to hold any category of membership with an association for professional golfers. This would also include being an Apprentice or Class B member. This does not include when someone who is taking the Teaching Education Program courses through the Applicant or Associate programs. Students are invited for LPGA Professionals membership once they have submitted all the application requirements, paid the application fee and successfully completed the Level I TEP course. Being a professional disqualifies a golfer from participating in USGA Amateur events. Please contact the individual local tournaments and club association play for their rules. ** Please contact the USGA for more details or other rules that disqualify a person from having amateur status. Their website is: USGA Amateur Status Information

How much does it cost to complete all three levels?
LPGA certification fees total $4545 plus the cost of travel and annual dues. Travel is not included in registration fees and prices are subject to change. Please visit the page for the program (associate, applicant or test-out options) you are interested in for pricing.

How long does it take to complete the certification?
To complete the certification, it takes approximately 2-5 years, depending how often you take the courses, with a maximum allowable time of seven (7) years. Time to complete the certification depends on your availability to attend the in-class education programs and financial commitment. 

Are classes available online?
Yes! LPGA courses are online with the Level III testing in person at various locations. 

Is there Financial Aid available for the LPGA certification? 
Yes! Financial Aid is available for approved applicants and LPGA Professionals members. See the Applicant Program Page for more.

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