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Scottish Golf is committed to providing education and training to those involved in the running and administration of affiliated clubs, through workshops and seminars.

Our ongoing education programme is designed to help your club improve the way it runs its business and keep up to date with changing legislation and compliance requirements, using the experience of our staff, partner organisations and best practice from other clubs. We provide support to a wide range of personnel at your club, from managers and secretaries, to committee volunteers and junior coaches, with representatives from more than 350 clubs benefiting in 2019.

Our aim is to give you the knowledge and guidance to run your club more effectively and give you the tools to do your job better, whether you are a paid employee or a willing volunteer. This section will also signpost you to our partner organisations who work with us to provide more specific training.

Recent education topics have included marketing, governance, handicapping, junior development, first aid and child wellbeing and protection.

Forthcoming Education Events

  • Get into Golf Workshops
  • Child Protection & Wellbeing in Sport
  • Child Protection & Wellbeing in Sport: Safeguarding Officer
  • Emergency First Aid

Information on Scottish Golf safeguarding virtual training courses

Please note that all scheduled safeguarding virtual training courses will go ahead as planned. 

No further action is necessary for those already booked in, as links to the virtual classroom along with instructions will automatically be sent out a few days prior to the course.

Upcoming Club Education Events

About this Event: This is a short online briefing session for PVG ID checkers to receive an update on the amendments to the PVG submission process and how to check ID in socially distant ways.

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about the PVG process.

Dates: There are two separate sessions taking place on Thursday 10th September / Friday 25th September

Times: 6pm – 7pm


Scottish Golf is committed to supporting clubs deliver their activities in a safe environment. To help ensure this, Scottish Golf require clubs to appoint a named COVID Officer for the club. The following COVID Officer role summary is designed to help clubs establish this important role.

The purpose of this role is to oversee public health and safety measures across the club, ensuring that the club is operating in a safe manner and adheres to Scottish Government and Scottish Golf guidelines. This really important role could be a new volunteer role or added to a current role within the club.

To find out more, please click the button below.


To support clubs, Scottish Golf are delivering a series of free-to-attend Get into Golf workshops in 2020, giving Clubs insight into what the Get into Golf programme is as well as how your club can introduce new people to the game.

At the workshops, you will be able to learn from other Clubs who have been involved with Get into Golf and understand how it has helped them to increase female membership, create an inclusive environment, introduce flexible or social memberships and much more.

These workshops are free-to-attend for all affiliated Scottish Golf Clubs.


Club Management

MDP Level 2

15 -19 February 2021


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Stress Management Workshop

26 February

Dunblane New GC

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MDP Level 1

26 – 30 October

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Introduction to Club Management

11 – 13 March

North Berwick

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Funding for Club Management Education

Scottish Golf works in partnership with the Scottish Golf & Club Managers Association to support education for those in club management or senior club committee roles. The SGCMA puts together an annual calendar of education events, including the CMAE’s Management Development Programme (MDP) to provide the necessary support for all Club Managers throughout Scotland to benefit from first class education and networking opportunities.

Through Scottish Golf support, the SGCMA provides bursaries to affiliated club managers and staff to part-fund paid for education, including attendance on MDP Level 1 and 2 courses, as well as the Introduction to Club Management Course. If you would like to be considered for a Bursary, please contact Craig Bell, SGCMA Secretary, via e-mail on secretary@sgcma.co.uk with details of which course you are planning to attend. The maximum bursary is £500 per club.


The former UK Coaching Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshop has been discontinued and replaced with Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport (CWPS), created by sportscotland in partnership with Children 1st to refresh and update the content to reflect changes in society and sport and be more relevant for current coaching practice.

Taking a blended learning approach, the main change is the inclusion of an eLearning (Module 1) which is theory-based, followed by a three-hour face-to-face (or virtual face-to-face) training course (Module 2) that puts the learning from Module 1 into context and practice.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for all adults involved in golf clubs, facilities and organisations that have participants under the age of 18.  It is targeted at all practitioners, ie all coaches, volunteers, helpers and staff over the age of 16 working and volunteering with children and young people.  It is also suitable for committee members and staff involved in the support and supervision of such practitioners to gain a better understanding of the processes involved.

Module 1 – eLearning Virtual Classroom

The CWPS eLearning Module 1 MUST be completed by learners before attending Module 2 (for both face-to-face and virtual workshops).

The link for Module 1 is automatically sent to candidates within the Eventbrite confirmation email on completion of booking.

NB:  Learners must make sure that they register their details via the learner details link at the end of Module 1 to ensure they receive their certificate upon successful completion of both modules.

The aim of the eLearning module is to introduce you to the basic theory, knowledge and practice that underpin child wellbeing and protection in sport and will help you to prepare for the face-to-face element of the training.

Module 2 – Face-to-face workshop

The Module 2 workshop will raise your awareness of the tell-tale signs of abuse and provide you with the tools and confidence to deal with any issues sensitively, appropriately and effectively should the need ever arise.

Due to the current health crisis, all planned face-to-face Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport and Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport: Safeguarding Officer (formerly In Safe Hands) courses have been replaced with online virtual courses where possible. Where this was not possible, unfortunately those courses have had to be cancelled.

Online virtual classroom: 

26 August (6pm-9pm) – Fully Booked

14 September (6pm-9pm) – Book here

30 September (6pm-9pm) – Book here

1 December (6pm-9pm) – Book here


This three-hour workshop supports clubs to put safeguarding policies into practice.

It is most suitable for those in the role of Club Safeguarding Officer but is also relevant for those responsible for managing or organising the club.

Pre-requisite for eligibility to attend this course: Participants attending this workshop must first have completed a basic awareness course in child protection such as the Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport training or equivalent.

Due to the current health crisis, all planned face-to-face Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport and Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport: Safeguarding Officer (formerly In Safe Hands) courses have been replaced with online virtual courses where possible. Where this was not possible, unfortunately those courses have had to be cancelled. 

Upcoming courses:

Date: Wednesday 9th September
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: Online
Booking link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/child-wellbeing-protection-in-sport-officer-training-tickets-113331226750

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Emergency First Aid at Work for Golf is relevant for all those working, playing and volunteering at a golf club and will equip them to deal with emergency medical situations confidently. It is also relevant for anyone requiring an Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) Certificate as the seven-hour course covers all topics required in the standard HSE recognised EFAW course. It includes additional content related to golf and is delivered in a golfing context, tailored to the mix of attendees (clubhouse staff, greenkeepers, professional and volunteer coaches, etc).

Upcoming courses:

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Please contact safeguarding@scottishgolf.org if you wish to arrange one for your club.


**Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, The PGA has postponed all Coach Education courses until further notice and will continue to monitor the situation. The PGA will contact all candidates booked on a course to inform them of the situation and their options.**

What the qualified coach will be able to do?

ASQ Award for Golf Coaching Assistants (formerly known as Level 1)

Assist more qualified coaches, delivering aspects of coaching sessions, normally under direct supervision

For more information on ASQ Award for Golf Coaching Assistants, please click  here.

For the application form, click here

ASQ Certificate in Coaching Golf (formerly known as Level 2)

Prepare for, deliver and review coaching session(s).

For more information on ASQ Certificate in Coaching Golf, please click  here.

ASQ Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Golf – Plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes.

For more information, please click here.

PGA Level 4 Certificate in Coaching Golf –Design, implement and evaluate the process and outcome of long-term/specialist coaching programme.

For more information, please click here.


BIGGA Scotland Golf Industry Conference

‘Climate – its effect on golf in Scotland’

Dunblane Doubletree Hotel

Tuesday 3 March


Scottish Golf is committed to supporting, developing and delivering accessible education and training opportunities that lead to a knowledgeable, skilled and highly effective golf workforce throughout Scotland.

In order for us to determine demand for particular courses effectively please complete the Registration of Interest form.

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