US Golf Teachers Federation - USGTF

The United States Golf Teachers Federation® trains and certifies golf teaching professionals. It is the largest organization of strictly golf teaching professionals in the world with over 17,000 members. Founded in 1989, the USGTF is one of 35 member nations that make up the World Golf Teachers Federation®. Each member nation adheres to a set of Federation bylaws set forth to enact a world standard of uniformity and professionalism in the training of teaching professionals.

Golf Teaching Professional
USGTF Code of Ethics

As a USGTF Member, you must fulfill the obligations of being an upstanding citizen and role model to your students, your community, and to the golf teaching profession. In order to fulfill the USGTF's purpose, and maintain membership status, the organization requires strict adherence to the following Code of Ethics.

  • Article 1 - Being a Member shall be synonymous with the finest aspects of the game of golf; namely to show integrity, honor and respect at all times to those who have placed their trust in you and your professional ability. Professional integrity, whether it be toward a fellow teaching professional or client, is beneficial for all concern.

  • Article 2 - The public has the right to expect the best, most up-to-date and uniform instruction available; therefore, it is the duty of each member to continue to learn any new techniques or modifications in order to pass them along to those who take instructions.

  • Article 3 - Only members in good standing maintain the right to identify themselves as current USGTF members. Furthermore, Level I and Level II members must accurately identify themselves as such, in the marketing and promotion of their membership status. Any representation to the contrary will result in permanent discontinuation of membership and affiliation.

  • Article 4 - No member shall sponsor or promote any equipment which has not been personally tested and proved to be of high quality. Supporting commercial enterprises for monetary gain only, rather than from a sense of conviction as well, shall misrepresent the equipment to the public, thereby jeopardizing the integrity of the game and the USGTF.

  • Article 5 - Members must meet professional financial obligations promptly and conduct all business dealings in a manner befitting the standards of the USGTF.

  • Article 6 - Members are often in the public eye; therefore, it is essential to present true sportsman like conduct and good behavior, so as not to cause embarrassment to any professional, student or person in charge of operating a golf facility.

  • Article 7 - As golf is a game enjoyed by many in their formative years, Members have a responsibility to the youth of this country by setting an example of professionalism for them to follow.


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