How to Become a Club Fitter
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If you have a passion for golf and substantial knowledge of golf clubs and equipment, you might be an ideal candidate for a job as a club fitter. Golfers rely on professional club fitters to ensure they have the right clubs and for assistance in learning how to correct flaws in their form and swing. A club fitter assists golfers in establishing consistency in their technique and choosing the proper gear. If you'd like to become a professional club fitter, the Association of Golf Clubfitting Professionals, or AGCP, requires you to obtain the proper training and pass a series of certification levels.
Take the AGCP initial qualification club fitter's test. To access the test, you must first become a member; as of 2011, membership fees are $50. Level one certification does not require that you attending club fitting school, but you must pass the initial qualification test. This certification ensures that you have basic knowledge of business, golf and the ability to assist golfers with swing corrections and minor fittings. Level one qualification testing costs $125, and annual certification fees are $25. If you have passed your initial qualification test, you'll be able to seek employment as a basic club fitter. However, to excel in the field, additional training and certification is required.
Enroll in a professional golf club fitting school. Once you've earned your initial certification, you are qualified to attend an AGCP-approved golf club fitting school. Here you will master the basics of club fitting and evaluating a player's swing, and establishing the proper equipment based on such evaluations. You'll learn what materials are used to manufacture clubs and how they affect performance on the green. Typical coursework also includes lessons in operating club fitting equipment and the proper way to measure and fit a player's clubs.
Advance to AGCP level four certification. Levels two through four require attendance at two or three AGCP-approved schools of club fitting. Coursework for these levels includes study and practice of golf club assembly and repair. For each level, you will have to exhibit competency in all areas of study and provide certification of the completion of previous levels to qualify for testing with AGCP. Certification tests for each level include verbal and written exams.
Continue your education to reach maximum achievement levels. AGCP levels five through seven are intended for industry professionals who have attended at least three AGCP schools and have three to five years fitting, building, adjusting and repairing golf clubs at their respective club fitting facilities. This includes experience using measuring gauges, club bending equipment, launch monitors and hitting nets. Written and verbal exams are required to advance to each of these certification levels.
Additional certifications -- levels eight through ten -- are available to professional golf club fitters who own complete shops, have five or more years of on-the-job experience, retail experience and teaching capabilities. To qualify for advanced certification levels, you must possess all necessary tools, including bending equipment to loft and lie iron, equipment to measure the frequency of and spine shafts, and proper shaft-pulling equipment.
Schools recognized by the Association of Golf Clubfitting Professionals include PGA, PCS, Golfworks, Golfsmith, Mitchell Dynacraft, Rifle Certification and True Temper Black Certification.
At the time of publication, price of registering for the qualification test for each level is $125, and qualification upgrades are $25.
Michelle Renee is a professional trainer and quality assurance consultant in the career, education and customer service industries, with two decades of experience in food/beverage and event coordinating management. Renee has been published by Lumino and Career Flight as well as various food, education and business publications.