ANSWERS ON QUESTIONS

 

YOU WILL FIND ANSWERS HERE ON Frequent Asked Questions

Professional Clubfitters Society Int’l is busy continuing to improve its level of education, certification, information and other programs to take them to a higher level. The consequences of these improvements is that we receive a lot of questions; but at the same time, we also want to inform members and nonmembers of the improvements we’re making. It is the policy of PCS Int’l to be transparent in their communication and continuously update all information regarding education, certification and answer questions as and when requested. On this tab you will find the most Frequently Asked Questions. PCS Int’l also decided to reveal all information about the bankruptcy of the old “PCS” organization, knowing that the bankruptcy is a black page in the history of PCS. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please CLICK HERE to inform us about it.

 


HISTORY

Professional Clubmakers Society is established on March 9th 1990 in Louisville Kentucky under governing of Elmore Just. PCS was the first independent non-profit organization for the purposes of benefiting  promoting, supporting, encouraging, and enhancing the profession and business of club making and very successful that time.

Begin 2007 Staff members of Professional Clubmakers Society and CEO of EGW in Europe had a meeting about “how to support PCS to let PCS grow international”. The result of this meeting was an agreement to establish a branch of Professional Clubmakers Society in Europe in 2007. After a major investment of EGW in a location, tools, employees, media campaign, writing a blue print, marketing plan, etc. PCS Europe was ready to get operational. After traveling back and forward between Europe and Kentucky Louisville for training programs Professional Clubmakers Society in Europe was in place on the first of April 2007 and had their first school in June 2007.  After closing the building in Louisville in 2008, PCS in Europe continue where PCS Louisville left.

Currently  – 2013 – , PCS Int’l is very successful with more than 600 members worldwide and is growing by the day and is developing new services.

CLICK HERE for more detailed information.

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2013 PLANNING & OPERATION

The planning for 2013 is in a nutshell; launching an online E-Manual & E-Magazine and start of a Web Store. Start of Business Support for our members, establish new education locations, grow the Members with at least 100 and move the headquarters of PCS Int’l back to the USA.  If you want to keep updated subscribe at our News letter, CLICK HERE to subscribe.

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PARTNERSHIP PACKAGE

Grow your global brand awareness with PCS Int’l

Reasons to become a PCS Int’l partner;

– Associate your brand with our Education Centers worldwide
– Publicize your news, information and updates via our E-commerce service
– Position your brand and business among the leading golf companies in the world
– Give your company the best opportunity to be the first in line for new business
– Direct communication between your company and the customers your aim on
– Increase global awareness of your brand via our website and web shop
– Communicate your key messages via PCS Int’l to our worldwide network via our e-commerce service

Help to make PCS Int’l the number 1 independent voice in the club crafting community

PCS Int’l is always on the outlook for new partners and sponsors. We can offer both an interesting partner and sponsoring package. For information or the Partnership Package brochure please CLICK HERE for contacting us.

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I LIKE TO SUPPORT PCS Int’l

There are different ways to support PCS Int’l, you can become a sponsor, volunteer, partner, offer your knowledge on different projects and maybe we have a job for you as a freelancer.  For more information CLICK HERE to contact us and let us know how you like to support PCS Int’l.

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HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER OF PCS INT’L

It’ is a component of our Mission Statement that the Professional Clubfitters Society Int’l will welcome everyone who is interested in club fitting. This can be as a full time or part time club fitter, PGA member or a golfer who is interested in the basics of club fitting.  Anybody can become a member.

Professional Clubfitters Society has four levels of memberships, Ivory, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Ivory; is for the golfer who is only interested in the basics of club fitting
Silver; is the member including one certification of PCS Int’l
Gold; is for the part-time or full time club fitter with 2 certifications.
Platinum; is for the fully PCS Int’l certified club fitter.

Every member, between levels Silver up to Platinum can become a certified club fitter and they must complete at least one certification followed by annual membership until the  three main education programs –fitting, making and repair – have been achieved.  During their first area of certification, the member must complete a practical and theoretical exam. Throughout this period of training and certification, the student will have the opportunity to train themselves in club fitting with the support of the PCS to achieve a level of certification.

For information about Membership, Education and Certification  please CLICK HERE

IVORY* SILVER GOLD PLATINUM
E – MAGAZINE
E – MANUAL
SUPPORT BY FITTING
BASIC EDUCATION BY E-COURSE
CLASS A FITTING
CLASS A MAKING
CLASS A REPAIR
BALL FITTING
WEDGE FITTING
PUTTER FITTING
DRIVER FITTING
ADVANCED FITTER
MASTER FITTER
CONTINUOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
CERTIFICATION
PREFERRED SUPPLIER PROGRAM
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
BUSINESS SUPPORT
INSTRUCTOR
DISCOUNT WEB STORE
MEMBERSHIP FEE 2015 – 2016 55 USD5
45 EURO
100 USD
85 EURO
150 USD
125 EURO
200 USD
170 EURO

* = For golfers only

For information about Membership, Education and Certification  please CLICK HERE

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SUPPORT BY FITTING                 
An IVORY* member can ask fitting advice for his own golf set once every year.
SILVER, GOLD, and PLATINUM member can ask for help, advice, support about all fitting problems

EDUCATION PROGRAMS 
The Professional Clubfitters Society Int’l education programs cover the main fields of club fitting, club making and club repairing. It is the number one recognized professional education authority of all kind within the golf industry at this time.  Certification by Education and training will only be done through an “in-house classroom environment” that includes hands on work to be certified by the PCS Int’l. We are proud to have met all PGA requirements since 2010. By following the education and certification program administered by PCS Int’l, it indicates that the club fitter has met the highest standard of academic proficiency.   He or she applies technology and excellence in craftsmanship in achieving this distinguished honor.

After completing the education program, the club fitter can apply for other exams and certifications.  All exams consist of written and practical skills examination in the disciplines of Club fitting, -making, and -repairing. The practical skills part must be completed on the final day of the classes. The written exam can be done at home and contains at least 200 various open and multiple choice questions. For more information about certification; please CLICK HERE to contact us.

BASIC EDUCATION
For the golfer who just wants to learn more about club fitting, PCS Int’l has developed a Basic Education Program.  The IVORY member can apply for the Basic Education Program, this theoretical E-course is specifically developed for the golfer who has a passing interest in club fitting. He or she has no immediate interested in becoming certified and has no experience in club fitting to speak of. This E-course can also prove to be very informative for Shop owners, golf course employees and other golf lovers who would like to learn about club – fitting, -making and -repair.  After completion of the E – course, the attendee will receive a certificate of Achievement.

ADDITIONAL SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS
The Professional Clubfitters Society also offers additional areas of specialized training and fitting.

Fitting based on Bio – mechanics
Junior fitting
Physically challenged fitting
Driver fitting
Wedge fitting
Putter fitting

For information about Membership, Education and Certification  please CLICK HERE

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CERTIFICATION

Professional Clubfitters Society Int’l holds the enviable position within the golf industry of being the “go-to” independent academy to learn hands-on club fitting, making and repairing at the highest professional level. All PCS Int’l Education Programs meet all of the exacting requirements issued by PGA organizations. After the educational part a member can be certified via a theoretical and/ or practical exam.

EXAMS AND EXEMPTION

After passing a very thorough written and practical skills exam, a club fitter has the opportunity to achieve PCS Int’l Certification “Level A” in the areas of Club -fitting, – making, and -repairing.  Professional Clubfitters Society Int’l has an exemption policy for the theoretical and practical exams. Because each request of exemption needs to be considered by PCS Int’l

For information about Membership, Education and Certification  please CLICK HERE

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CONTINUOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
Education is an ongoing process and does not end after a certification or a similar type of a degree. PCS Int’l has developed a Continuous Education Program for the club crafting industry. With this Program ,new developments in the club crafting niche will be available via our online E-Magazine. This means members will be kept up to date about new developments in real-time, as they arise.
         
PCS Int’l meets all requirements of the PGA, therefore, each PGA member, student, teaching pro, playing pro or active golf pro on the circuit can follow the same protocols for the PGA developed program.

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WHERE CAN I FIND AN EDUCATION AND FITTING CENTER     

PCS Int’l is continuous busy with looking for new Educations and Fitting Centers in different area’s worldwide. Please CLICK HERE and we will send you more information about these developments

Please contact your nearest Education and Fitting Center or PCS Int’l representative by sending an e-mail. They can give you a full update about their school schedule, alternatively you can CLICK HERE for more information.

HOW TO BECOME A PCS Int’l INSTRUCTOR      
Professional Clubfitters Society Int’l developed an Instructor Certification program to offer an opportunity for training attendees to become a certified Instructor of PCS Int’l. After the completion of this program the attendee will be able to demonstrate and implement their extensive knowledge and skills in the area of education.  A PCS Instructor certification is the mark of excellence in the field of education.

The PCS Instructor certification consists of a presentation, verbal and practical teaching exam.  The verbal exam is a knowledge test covering all areas of club fitting, making and repair. The objective of the presentation skills exam is to allow the candidate to show his or her aptitude in imparting their knowledge and demonstrating their teaching techniques, which is equally as important as having the knowledge.

If you are  interested in becoming a PCS Int’l Instructor, please CLICK HERE

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HOW TO BECOME A PCS Int’l EDUCATION AND FITTING CENTER OR REPRESENTATIVE
The policy of Professional Clubfitters Society is to have at least six corporate Education centers and different local education and fitting centers located globally to support its members in those regions. A center has to include training facilities for administering the goals and outlines in accordance to the mission statement and objectives of the PCS International. This facility should provide enough space and accommodations to educate any persons at any given time.

If you / your business are interested in becoming a PCS Int’l Education and Fitting Center or our representative in your area, please CLICK HERE  to contact our Board.

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PREFERRED SUPPLIERS PROGRAM & WEB STORE    
To support its members optimizing their business, PCS Int’l developed the “PREFERRED SUPPLIERS PROGRAM”.  Through this program, members can also make use of the ability to buy products through the PCS Int’l “PREFERRED SUPPLIERS PROGRAM”.  However, because PCS Int’l is a non-profit organization, it has aligned itself with external partners to execute this program. In cooperation with this external partner, PCS Int’l is constantly working hard to find the best products for the best price for their members –you. Through this program, it is hoped that a member can make more profit with their own business.  Because the golf market is constantly developing, PCS Int’l can add new products or existing products can be amended. To create the most appropriate list of products, PCS Int’l members are free to advise the board on any new products that come on to the market. By supporting the “PREFERRED SUPPLIERS PROGRAM” it is possible for PCS to become a stronger organization and raise the professional club fitting standard worldwide. In effect, the more our members use the PCS Int’l “Preferred Suppliers Program” the stronger the organization becomes. The stronger we are, the greater our buying power becomes, and hence the subsequent benefits to our members improve visibly over time.

If you want more information CLICK HERE

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BUSINESS SUPPORT        
Professional Clubfitters Society has access to a network of third-party specialists proficient in marketing, sales etc. PCS Int’l would like to offer its members help with their businesses by providing or helping them with business plans, marketing, sales, promotional and communication plans through these selected external partners.  If this sounds like something that you need, you can contact PCS Int’l, CLICK HERE to receive more information.

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E-MAGAZINE

One of the objectives of PCS Int’l is to promote and inform anyone who is interested in club crafting. PCS Int’l wants to do this by means of a periodical digital online E-Magazine and a controlled News Letter.

Where the content of the E-Manual will be very technical, the E-Magazine will be used to re-write these technical texts in a more popular content in a way that every playing golfer it does understand.  We hope that you can contribute to the E-magazine. To receive a copy of the online E-Magazine you need to be registered, CLICK HERE to subscribe.

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E-MANUAL 

We are currently working very hard on releasing a digital online Club fitting Manual, initially meant for the members of PCS Int’l. The lay-out of this manual will be very user-friendly, innovative, unique in its design and will no doubt be much talked about in the world of club crafting. We hope that you can contribute to the online E-Manual. To receive a copy of the online E-Manual you need to be registered, CLICK HERE to subscribe

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NEWS LETTER

The News Letter will be used for immediately releasing of any news via our e-mail service to everybody in our database. To receive a copy of the online News Letter you need to be registered, CLICK HERE to subscribe.

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Is PCS Int’l a new organization?

No, absolute not, PCS in Europe was the official area office of PCS USA in Europe since beginning 2007. In consultancy and agreement with the Secretary of Bankruptcy Court Western District of Louisville PCS Europe continues after PCS in Louisville filed her bankruptcy in 2008 and official continues as PCS Int’l as successor of PCS when PCS Louisville official stopped in 2009.

Why the name PCS Int’l?

Members in Europe and USA where asked if and how to continue after notification that PCS Louisville Kentucky would file a bankruptcy. Members strongly advised the Professional Clubmakers Society in Europe to go forward and continue where Professional Clubmakers Society left as Professional Clubfitters Society Int’l.

Bankruptcy of PCS Louisville

One question is asked many times,  “Why did PCS in Louisville  filed their bankruptcy??” the answer is simple, We really don’t know, there was enough financial support and success with PCS in Europe to continue, in a nutshell, there was absolute no reason to file a bankruptcy, then only individual benefits or importance. There was even a company that did offer a financial guarantee and Professional Clubmakers Society in Europe was very successful also. In less than three months after the official opening of PCS in Europe in 2007, more than 70 new members got listed.  The financial support including a blue print “how to continue” was presented at the Board during the yearly meeting in Tampa 2008. Unfortunately the Board members of that time waved that support and the success in Europe away and went for bankruptcy. During these meeting with the Board and inside information, we already knew that some of the board members had already their own agenda. Even a restart under Chapter 13 wasn’t considered. A Chapter 13 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, governs a form of bankruptcy in the United States that allows to undergo a financial reorganization supervised by a federal bankruptcy court. This can only be done if your financial accounting is perfect in order and without any financial fraud.

Did the bankruptcy of PCS in Louisville effect the European PCS organization?

No, after PCS filled her bankruptcy, PCS Europe was contacted by the Secretary of Bankruptcy Court Western District of Louisville and questioned about the filled bankruptcy. During the meeting with the Secretary we proved that PCS Europe had nothing to do with the theft of 150K by an employee and the extremely payments to “consultants” done a few months before the bankruptcy was filled. Because PCS Europe had invest in building, employees, tools, re-write the educational programs and exams, etc. there was some financial loss of PCS in Europe but this loss is already covered. PCS Int’l is financial a very healthy organization, operating without any external capital or loans than only membership fees and partnerships.

Questions about bankruptcy

We get a lot of personal questions about what happened between the theft of over 150K by an employee of PCS Louisville and 2008 when PCS Louisville filed her bankruptcy. Because the documents we received from the Secretary of Bankruptcy Court Western District Louisville and our own documents encloses personal information, all these questions will only be answered after a personal request. Click HERE to contact us if you have any personal questions left.

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