For the first time STRI are able to offer PGA professionals new opportunities as part of their professional development. Following discussion with the PGA, STRI have created three new one day training programmes, which are recommended in the PGA’s CPD Professional Programme for 2008/2009.
These new courses are aimed at golf pros, managers and directors of golf facilities who want to have a better understanding of the management, course architecture and design and the environmental and ecology aspects of their golf course.
Each course will be credited with 25 CPD points and will focus on key issues in their subject area, providing insight into how greenkeepers, architects and ecologists go about their work on the golf course. This knowledge will give delegates an appreciation and understanding about the current influences that affect golf course management and development today.
David Colclough, technical lead for coach education and PGA Fellow Professional says, “The PGA is making a conscious effort to forge partnerships with other like-minded organisations, in providing quality further education within golf. The link with STRI will allow PGA professionals interested in developing specialist knowledge in areas related to agronomy, course architecture, turf science, etc, to access high quality information from one of the world’s leading authorities. All STRI courses will be recognised by the PGA for appropriate CPD points, which form the core of the PGA’s further education programme”.
All three courses are being held in March 2009 at STRI headquarters in Bingley. This will give delegates the added bonus of being able to see for themselves STRI’s extensive in-house technical and research facilities, laboratories and trials grounds. Each course costs £156 plus VAT.