Previously, everyone wore the PGA Professional rocker. A PGA Professional represents the 24,000+ PGA Members as well as the 4,000+ PGA Associates. After careful deliberation by multiple Member Committees and the Board of Directors, the determination was made that this wasn’t giving enough value to the years spent becoming a PGA Member. Thus, we created a logo that better represented that work and better differentiated between PGA Member and Associates – all of whom are “Professionals”.
Why the change? To better promote the PGA Member and help employers understand the value of Lifelong Learning in each of the three career tracks.
Benefit to members? We’re going to focus on and promote the value of the PGA Member and members who put in the work to become Specialists, Certified Professionals and Master Professionals to educate employers and ultimately drive value.
Why were the stars removed from the Certified and Master Professional Logos? This topic was vetted extensively by the Education, Employment and Membership Committees as well as numerous Certified and Master Professionals with the decision made that the stars will no longer be a part of PGA Master Professional or PGA Certified Professional Logos. The reasoning for this change is that in this five-star+ world of reviews we felt that branding our Certified and Master Professionals with only two or four stars would not be an appropriate representation of their skills.
For PGA Members who have earned Specialist, Certified Professional or Master Professional status we will now be providing additional logos which recognize their designation in a chosen Career Path. If you have a question on which specific designation to use please contact the PGA Education team.