Due to the distance between a golf course and campus locations, we recommend that students use their own car or make transport arrangements while studying with PGA IGI. Public transport is available, however in many cases trips can be a long journey, with no guarantee of bus routes stopping outside your designated location. Some students do carpool on a regular basis, along with some homestay agents providing pick up/drop off services when staying with them.
GOLD COAST – Share accommodation is available in many suburbs between Southport and Sanctuary Cove. There is onsite student accommodation nearby to Griffith University, which is approximately 20-minute drive from Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club. Homestay is a popular option for International students in Australia. PGA IGI is not responsible for arranging accommodation for students. However, we will assist where possible to find you suitable accommodation when studying with PGA IGI in Australia. For more information on accommodation options, visit (accommodation page).
All enrolled students are expected to adhere to the PGA IGI Code of Conduct and Academic Performance policy. In addition, as an International student, you are also required to understand your legal obligations as set out by the conditions of your student visa including:
- Ensuring that your course fees are paid before or when due
- Ensuring that you maintain a full-time enrollment
- Maintaining satisfactory attendance and course progress
- Achieving satisfactory results
- Notifying the PGA IGI of any address changes
- Studying at the PGA IGI for the first six months of your principal course. You may change education provider only in exceptional circumstances.
- Ensuring that you have a valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OHSC) for the duration of your study in Australia
The PGA IGI is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Provider Number 31270) and a provider on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS Provider Number 02754G). The PGA IGI meets the required standards for an RTO, as they are described in the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) Standards for RTOs, as well as the required standards for CRICOS providers, as per State and Commonwealth Government legislative requirements. The AQTF is the nationally agreed quality framework for the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system. In order to become registered and remain as a Registered Training Organisation after an audit, the PGA IGI must comply with AQTF standards. In being a Registered Training Organisation, the PGA IGI meets government standards for education and is recognised nationally as a portable organisation. The PGA IGI offers nationally recognised golf industry qualifications, which comprise vocational training certificates through to higher education tertiary programs.
- PGA IGI encourages complaints to be resolved informally by speaking to PGA IGI staff. In the instance that a complainant is not satisfied with the handling of their complaint by the RTO, or there are extenuating circumstances that preclude the complainant from lodging their complaint directly with the RTO, they may seek external assistance and lodge their complaint with the registering body or the National Training Complaints Hotline at the Department of Education and Training, telephone: 13 38 73 or NTCH@education.gov.au
- International students may contact the Overseas Student Ombudsman if they have complaints regarding the actions of the PGA IGI. The Overseas Students Ombudsman investigates complaints that International students have with private education and training in Australia.
- Website: www.ombudsment.gov.au
- Phone (within Australia): 1300 362 072
- Phone (International): +61 2 6276 0111
- Please see the Complaints and Appeals Policy: Complaints & Appeals Policy
International Students Fees are covered in accordance with OSTAS. The Overseas Tuition Assurance Scheme operated by ACPET. In the unlikely event that the PGA IGI is unable to deliver the course in full, OSTAS will be activated where appropriate. In other cases, a student refund policy will apply Alternatively, the student may be offered enrollment in an alternative course offered by another provider (if available), at the expense of the PGA IGI. If the PGA IGI is unable to provide a refund, or attempt to place a student in an alternative course, then our Tuition Assurance Scheme (TAS) via ACPET will place the student in a suitable alternative course - at no extra cost to the student. If ACPET cannot place the student in an appropriate course, the ESOS Assurance Fund Manager will accept to place the student in a suitable alternative course. If this is not possible, the student will be eligible for a refund as calculated by the Fund Manager.
After I graduate from the Diploma and Degree how long do I have to apply to the PGA Professional Year (PY) program?
Upon completion of the program (Diploma and Degree), students have five years to apply for entry into the PGA Professional Year (PY) which is delivered by the PGA of Australia. Applications received after five years from completion are not guaranteed entry as the qualifications cannot be deemed current.
The Diploma of Golf Management, and Diploma plus Bachelor Programs with our Higher Education Partners, both accumulate credit into selected parts of the PGA Trainee Program. The one year Diploma of Golf Management, earns a one-year credit into the PGA Trainee Program - meaning that students will complete Years 2 & 3 of the PGA Trainee Program. The Diploma of Golf Management & Bachelor Degree programs, studied over three years, earn credit towards the opportunity to become a full vocational member of the PGA of Australia. On completion, students can undertake the PGA Professional Year (PY) program over a course of one year. Students must meet PGA Trainee Program entry requirements for acceptance into the program. For entry requirements and application process for the PGA Trainee Program and PGA Professional Year, visit http://www.pga.org.au/education/academy/trainee-program
The course you study will help provide suitable career options for you. Most of our students have an idea of what they are hoping to achieve with their studies before they commence with the PGA IGI. During their time with us, we endeavour to nurture our students during their course, helping provide them with as much work experience or exposure to their particular areas of interests. We find this helps provide them with clear direction as to the path they would like to follow when they have graduated. Our students tend to develop careers in the following areas in Australia and overseas:
- Golf Club Management
- Golf Operations
- Sales & Marketing
- Golf Course Design
- Coaching Professional
- Playing Professional
- Product Procurement
- Retail Managers
- Event Management
- Media Roles
- Greens keeper
Orientation is held over a day, usually the Thursday before classes commence. During this time, you have the opportunity to meet the PGA IGI team, mingle with fellow golfers and get familiar with your new surrounds. You usually have the opportunity to showcase your skills on the golf course and collect the information you will require for the year ahead. Orientation is a compulsory event for all new students to the PGA IGI. Orientation will also be provided for students that cross over to ICMS or Griffith University after completion of our Diploma.
GOLD COAST CAMPUS - Classes vary from each semester of study. Most academic classes are scheduled in the afternoon at Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club - this allows students to work, play, practice or complete their studies. Some academic classes will be held off site at golf courses, hotels and other locations that focus on practical workplace visits. Practical golfing sessions and tournament rounds will be played during the day, mostly in the morning to allow for student free time for the remainder of the day.
Students wishing to apply for a PGA IGI course may apply for credit transfer based on prior study or work experience. Each application will be assessed individually and supporting documentation will be required in all cases. You will likely need to send academic transcripts, course documentation, content and a current resume. We advise you speak directly with a member of staff who can help provide further details.
The PGA IGI head office is at Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club QLD (Gold Coast Campus). Our location provides students access to some of the best courses in the country, year-round golfing conditions, proximity to the beach and an excellent standard of living.
We limit student numbers to a maximum of 8 per class that allows our coaches ample time with individual students. As we use a variety of different coaching academies, our students occasionally have access to two or three coaches during their stay, which provides them a greater range of knowledge.
Domestic Students must have already turned 18, or be turning 18 in their first year of study with the PGA IGI. International Students must be 18 years or older at the time of issue of the eCOE and meet the other entry criteria they are then suitable for entry into a PGA IGI course.