Each level consists of six life skills modules and every module contains a “core” lesson that all participants are exposed to. The core lessons are suitable for delivery to any age group. Each module also includes optional activities. Some give kids additional practice in the core life skills; some are designed specifically for participants 12 and older; others deal with the application of life skills to situations at home or school.

In order to pass the certification test and move to the next program level, all students must be exposed to the concepts in the core lessons. Their understanding of these concepts is strengthened through fun role-plays, golf-related activities, and workbook exercises.

As part of The First Tee Certification Process, students must demonstrate that they understand and can apply the core life skills by answering written questions and performing skills for an instructor. When they meet certification requirements, they progress to the next level.