Golf Instructor Program

Delivered by Golf Queensland

Course information

Formally known as the Level 1 and Level 2 Community Coach program, the newly named Community Instructor Program has been redeveloped to provide a more detailed and comprehensive training for golf participation programs at local Golf facilities and within schools.

While the entire training program can be accessed online Golf Queensland has initiated a special arrangement for course delivery to teachers and school sport volunteers via the Get Active Queensland Accreditation program to ensure not only access to the online modules but also a specifically tailored face-to-face workshop focusing on core skills of golf. This arrangement also includes covering the online course fee of $99 for those successfully registered for a Golf Queensland GAQAP course.

Therefore, the Golf Course now involves the following:

  • Foundation training for Community Golf Instructors (online) – teachers exempt from doing this module
  • Completion of one specialised training module online (MyGolf Schools for teachers) and (MyGolf Club for club volunteers). The specialised training module will take up to a maximum of 2.5 hours for you to complete.
  • Attendance at the face-to-face Golf Skills practical workshop

Once your registration for a GAQAP Golf Course has been received by Golf Queensland (approximately 2 weeks prior to the event) you will receive an email providing access to the online training system. On completion of the training you will be able to attend the face-to-face Golf Skills GAQAP course.

Further information on the new course format is below for your information.

Community golf instructor

The Community Golf Instructor Program is an Australian Sports Commission National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) approved course that provides training and accreditation for individuals wanting to engage as an instructor or facilitator of national golf participation programs – within community facilities or schools. The program is the result of ongoing collaboration between the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Australia and Golf Australia.

The program has been designed and implemented to grow the sport of golf through the effective development of a volunteer workforce at the grassroots level, with a long-term vision of Community Golf Instructors working alongside PGA Professionals in program delivery at golf courses, driving ranges and schools.

The program incorporates foundation training for Community Golf Instructors prior to an individual undertaking specialised training in a selected module that aligns directly with a national golf participation program such as the national junior golf program, MyGolf. Accreditation via completion of a specialised module permits the qualified individual to deliver or support the delivery of the associated program.

The Community Golf Instructor Program is completed in a fully online environment and is facilitated through the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Australia’s e-learning platform – The Fairway.  With the transition to an online training program, the program will be fully accessible and nationally consistent with regard to content and accreditation outcomes.

Current specialised modules available within the program include:

  • MyGolf Club accreditation
  • MyGolf Schools accreditation (non-teacher accreditation)
  • MyGolf Schools accreditation (teacher accreditation)

Successful participants will receive the Community Golf Instructor Certificate (entry level coach accreditation formally known as Level 1). This accreditation runs for a period of 4 years from the day participants complete their online course and includes cover for personal liability and professional indemnity through Golf Australia’s insurer Sportscover.

Pre-requisites (mandatory)

To attain the full accreditation in this certificate, participants must have the following:

  1. Relevant registered teacher accreditation for Queensland


  1. Australian Sports Commission – General Coaching Principles Course
  2. Relevant Queensland Working with Children/Police Check (Blue card)

These documents will need to be uploaded to the website when completing the online course. Without these documents, you will not be accredited as a Community Golf Instructor. Certificates will be issued upon completion of the online course and if all requirements are met.

Post course work

No post course is required to get the accreditation.

TimeUnitDelivery location
08:45Welcome, Course Objective and OverviewLecture Room
08:50Coach Education – StructureLecture Room
08:55Role of the Community Golf InstructorLecture Room
09:00National Junior Framework and Pathway – MyGolfLecture Room
09:10Working with Schools – Sporting SchoolsLecture Room
09:20Playing the Game & Risk Management + InclusionLecture Room
09:30Coaching Skills & FundamentalsLecture Room
09:40Practical session – warm upPractice Facilities
10:00Teaching fundamentals – Putting SkillsPractice Facilities
10:30Morning Tea
11:00Teaching Fundamentals –Short GamePractice Facilities
11:30Teaching Fundamentals – Long GamePractice Facilities
12:00Practical – Planning a Coaching SessionPractice Facilities
1:00Practical – Participant Session DeliveryPractice Facilities
14:45Wrap Up – Feedback, Resources and ContactsPractice Facilities
14:55GAQAP Evaluation – MandatorySpecified Room
15:00ConclusionLecture Room

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