The second stage of The PGAs of Europe Initial Professional Education (IPE) programme in Croatia is underway. The programme has been part funded by the Ryder Cup European Development Trust with the first stage taking place in August.
The IPE concept, born out of a shared thought that the PGAs of Europe should support the development of a first steps professional education programme, is a three-month programme that gives all PGAs access to an introductory level of coach training, whilst also touching on issues around developing both the sport and the industry.
The ability to provide indigenous, appropriately trained golf professionals can be a strong help to develop the sport – an appropriately trained workforce of golf professionals also sends a positive message to the national federation who often need help in their efforts to develop the sport, attract newcomers and discover talented players.
The second stage started with three days of practical work and workshops conducted by Tony Bennett (Director of Education for The PGAs of Europe) at the Zagreb Country Club 1995.
The nine candidates all professionals of the PGA of Croatia now face two days of testing, 17-18th October with two qualified Assessors appointed to examine the candidates. The programme will be completed when the candidates turn in their ‘Portfolios of Evidence’ for marking which will have been constructed over the 16 weeks of the IPE programme.
For more information on the PGAs of Europe IPE Programme click here.