Q: What is the purpose of the MSR requirement?
A: A primary goal of MSR participation is to promote professional development. MSR should help PGA members become well-rounded professionals who are committed to the traditional values of golf which are teaching, playing and promoting the game. Player development, continuing education and participation in Section and Chapter activities are a vital part of the process.
Q: Why did the MSR requirement change to 36 required credits out of 54 total credits?
A: Although the required portion of MSR has increased, a member has more choices as to the activities to be used to meet this requirement. This requirement allows members more flexibility in earning credits in a manner that is most beneficial to the member.
Q: Am I required to have earned 12 Education credits, 12 Meeting credits and 54 Total MSR by June 15, 2012
A: No, you are not required to have earned 12 Education credits, 12 Meeting credits and 54 Total MSR by June 15, 2012. On June 16, 2012, your requirement will simply change from 12 Education credits, 12 Meeting credits and 54 Total MSR to 54 Total MSR, 36 credits of which must be earned in PGA Education, PGA Meeting or Golf 2.0/Player Development. You will be required to earn the 54 Total MSR, including 36 MSR in PGA Education, PGA Meeting and/or Golf 2.0/Player Development by June 15, 2015.
Q: If I have earned 12 Education credits, 12 Meeting credits and 54 Total MSR by June 15, 2012, will I be required to earn the 54 Total MSR, including 36 MSR in Education, Meeting and/or Golf2.0/Player Development by June 15, 2015?
A: Yes, you will be required to earn the 54 Total MSR, including 36 MSR in PGA Education, PGA Meeting and/or Golf 2.0/Player Development by June 15, 2015. All credits earned between June 16, 2011 and June 15, 2012 will be credited toward the new requirement of 54 Total MSR, including 36 MSR in PGA Education, PGA Meeting and/or Player Development in the appropriate value and manner in which they were earned. Therefore, amMember may have earned a significant amount of credits that will count toward the revised requirement. For example, if a member earned six meeting credits between June 16, 2011 and June 15, 2012, all six meeting credits would transfer to the PGA Meeting/Education/Player Development category in the revised requirement beginning June 16, 2012.
Q: Do I have to earn MSR in all categories
A: You do not need to earn MSR in all categories. As a minimum, you must earn at least 36 MSR credits in PGA Education, PGA Meetings and/or Golf 2.0/Player Development and you must earn a total of at least 54 MSR.
Q: How will I be able to track the MSR I have earned
A: You may track your requirements and earnings via PGALinks.com at any time. In addition, the PGA Membership Department is available at (800) 474-2776 to offer assistance during regular business hours.
Q: Can I host my own Player Development programs and still earn MSR credits
A: Yes. The intent is to award PGA Professionals for their efforts to bring new people into the game and plans to retain them. With this in mind, you can earn credits for your own programs provided they meet certain parameters.
Q: If I can host my own program, why are Get Golf Ready and PGA Sports Academy the only programs specifically mentioned
A: These programs are nationally-branded best practices, yet extremely flexible to adopt. As a result, the foundation of these defines the basic programming parameters, plus provides a consistent way to register and track your involvement.
In addition, leveraging national brands enhances the industry’s ability to market your initiatives.
Q: How do I register or find out if my programs qualify?
A: Go to the Player Development page on PGALinks.com to register. Click on the appropriate links and answer some simple questions about your program. Provided you meet the basic parameters, your programs will be designated Get Golf Ready and/or PGA Sports Academy.
Please remember, after you complete this process, you still have the flexibility to keep your original name or adopt the national brands. Internally, The PGA will be able to track and promote your programs.
Q: What are the parameters to be considered Get Golf Ready?
A: These programs must be introductory in nature, targeting new or former beginners and include:
Series or group lessons or clinics
Cover the basics of golf including putting, short game, full swing – irons, full swing – woods, and overview of rules, etiquette, terminology and history of golf
On-course learning experiences
Give students access to using clubs and golf balls throughout the program
Q: If I conduct a Get Golf Ready program with another PGA member, can we both receive MSR credit?
A: Yes, provided there are at least three students for every instructor. As an example, if two PGA members taught a Get Golf Ready program for a total of eight students, each PGA member would earn MSR credit. A PGA member can earn a maximum of 2 MSR credits for any one Get Golf Ready program.
Q: What about the parameters for Get Golf Ready 2?
A: In general, these should be next-step group lessons targeting novice golfers. The lessons should follow the same basic topics and parameters, yet taught in more comprehensive details, further enhancing your novice golfers’ confidence to play.
Q: What are Get Golf Ready Outings and Leagues?
A: The desired end result of Golf 2.0 is ultimately creating new golfers who have the confidence to go on to a course and play. “Get Golf Ready Outings and Leagues” are simply branded phases for structured opportunities for the new and novice golfers to play in casual formats.
To earn credits, the playing opportunities must be:
Structured and organized by the golf staff
Fun, casual formats (i.e. scrambles, 3-6 holes, PGA Family Tees, etc)
Professionals and/or staff need to be on hand to mentor / help players have a fun experience
Players should have access to golf clubs and balls
Q: What are the parameters to be considered PGA Sports Academy?
A: The PGA Sports Academy is a designation that can be given to your junior program / junior camps, providing you include:
Multi-session group classes
Teaching basic golf skills, sportsmanship, rules, etiquette and terminology
Integration of physical skills, fitness and nutrition
Use skills assessment to guide juniors through progressive development
Q: How do I report results?
A: There are two ways to report results and earn MSR credits. First is to use the online tools to promote your program and accept online registrations. This will enabTthe PGA to track the number of events. The other is through submitting end of the season reports.
Q: Am I required to use the online tools to register my students?
A: While The PGA would prefer you use these tools, we understand members may already have adequate systems in place. However, a member will need to report results online in order to receive MSR credit.
Q: Will I be required to give names and emails for all my students?
A: You are not required to give this data, however, The PGA does request that you do provide this information as we reach out annually to measure golfer participation and spending. Plus appropriate marketing messages about golf are sent throughout the year. Regardless of what you share, it is vital that you collect this data for your own marketing purposes.
Q: Will The PGA send emails to every student?
A: Respecting there are privacy laws, only those students / consumers that give appropriate opt-in permission will receive emails.
Q: Will any additional verification of my programs be required in order to earn the MSR credits?
A: Using the reporting tools is all that will be required. As PGA Professionals are committed to uphold the Code of Ethics, we are confident the data reported will be accurate.
Q: What are the PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game performance benchmarks?
A: In general, PGA Professionals need to reach 10 new or former golfers through the various nationally-branded player development programs in order to earn the PGA President’s Council distinction.
Q: What is the definition of a Section meeting?
A: A Section meeting is where Section business is conducted; i.e. approval of minutes and discussion of tournament eligibility.
Q: Is a tournament/board committee meeting eligible for MSR Meeting credits
A: Yes, beginning June 16, 2012, attending Section, Chapter and/or National PGA committees and board meetings will be awarded MSR Meeting credits.
Q: What is the definition of “PGA education”?
A: “PGA education” is defined as attending or serving as an instructor or speaker for any education that is conducted directly by the National, Section or Chapter PGA, including online education via PGALinks. PGA Education will be credited toward the 36 required credits. “Other education” would include attending courses such as CPR, First Aid and AED training, Allied Association education and/or other education produced by sources outside The PGA and will be credited toward the “Total” category.
Q: Must I earn MSR education credits as both an attendee and an instructor/speaker?
A: No, MSR education credits can be earned as just an attendee, just an instructor/speaker or any combination thereof.
Q: Can MSR be earned by attending National PGA, Section or Chapter workshops or seminars?
A: Any workshop or seminar conducted by or for the National PGA, Section or Chapter will be worth MSR Education credits. Credits are posted as one hour of attendance equals one MSR credit, with no maximum.
Q: How will I receive credit for completing a career specific AMA self-study or attending a college course?
A: MSR will be awarded as follows: 1 AMA self-study CEU = 4 MSR and 1 college credit = 4 MSR. For example, a two CEU AMA self-study will be worth eight MSR and a three credit college course attended will be worth 12 MSR. This will be credited toward “Other education” which applies to the Total category.
Q: Can I get credit for any online course?
A: All online education offered via PGALinks is approved for MSR Education credits from the required category. PGA Professionals can receive MSR credits from the many online education offerings beyond the scope of PGALinks, which will be credited toward “Other education” which applies to the Total category. Please keep in mind that webinars without an assessment are not eligible for MSR credit. The following parameters will be used to qualify outside online courses:
Course provider must be able to provide a course outline.
Course provider must be able to provide an estimate of the time required to complete the course.
Course must be considered professional development and not personal development.
PGA member is required to submit verification of successful completion and assessment of the course within 30 days of completion.
Pre-Approved Online Provider information would need to be submitted.
It is the responsibility of the PGA member to provide all the needed documentation listed above. Documentation would be reviewed and approved by the PGA Membership Department in consultation with the PGA Education Department. A maximum of eight (8) MSR “Other education” credits which applies to the Total category may be awarded for any one online course.
Q: May I attend a seminar sponsored by a manufacturer and receive MSR credit?
A: Yes, but only if the seminar is not company product specific or used primarily as a sales promotion. For example, a seminar on golf balls, the history, evolution, manufacturing, etc. … would be worth MSR “Other education” credits which applies to the Total category. A seminar promoting a particular brand of golf ball would not be worth any MSR credits.
Q: If my additional user (who is a member) and I both submit PerformanceTrak data, how does MSR credit work?
A: The data must be submitted by one member for six months in order for that member to receive the credit. If there is another member at the facility with access to PerformanceTrak, that member must submit six other months. PerformanceTrak recognizes members and assigns credit by their PGALinks log in information.
Q: If I give the PerformanceTrak information over the phone/send it in via email, does that still count towards my MSR credit?
A: No, you will only receive one MSR credit if you log onto PGALinks.com and submit the information online for six current months.
Q: If an article is published multiple times or in multiple magazines, can I earn credits for each time it is published?
A: An article is worth credits only once, even if published multiple times or in multiple magazines or newspapers.
Q: What is a Section-sanctioned golf tournament?
A: Each Section can sanction a number of events for MSR credit. Sections may choose to sanction any and all events on the Section and/or Chapter calendar, or Sections may choose only specific events that are considered sanctioned. Please check with your Section for a list of sanctioned events.
Q: I am a member in the Unaffiliated Section. Am I responsible for completing the MSR?
A: As a member in the Unaffiliated Section, you are not responsible for MSR. However, you remain eligible to earn MSR credits which will be posted to your record.
Q: I am a member in the Unaffiliated Section coming back to a PGA section. What MSR’s do I make up?
A: As a member returning to a PGA section, you will have a pro-rated MSR requirement to complete for the remainder of the cycle once you have returned stateside. To determine the pro-rated amount, please click here for the MSR Pro-rated Schedule.
Q: Can I receive MSR for being a High School Golf Coach or Assistant Golf Coach?
A: Yes, provided this is not your primary employment. Please send written documentation from the Athletic Director or school official, on school letterhead, of the golf season (start and end dates) and duties performed for review.
Q: I am currently in Class F, what is the procedure to get out of Class F before and after June 15, 2012?
A: Members who do not satisfy the requirements of the Professional Development Program shall be reclassified as Class “F” members of the Association at the beginning of the next fiscal year. They shall remain in this classification until they earn the deficit requirements of the previous period and an amount equal to the deficit in the new period. A Class F member who earns both the deficit MSR from any prior cycle and an amount equal to the deficit in the new period, by June 15, 2012, will be eligible to transfer out of Class F.
If both the deficit and an equal amount are not met by June 15, 2012, the Class F member will be required to earn the deficit and an equal amount in the new period by June 15, 2015, in order to transfer out of Class F. Class F members who do not satisfy these requirements by June 15, 2015, shall be terminated from membership.