The first and most necessary step
to becoming certified is to acquire the knowledge
and skills that exemplify the standards articulated
in the BCG
Genealogical Standards Manual. Adequate
experience is absolutely essential to acquiring
the necessary expertise. No specific program of
education is required; however, as standards rise
genealogists increasingly are finding that educational
preparation via institutes and conferences is
extremely helpful. Applicants also benefit from
examining case studies developed by certified persons
and published in national
Certification results from evaluation
of work samples in a portfolio submission. BCG requires
different materials for each certification category.
Three to four judges
independently evaluate each application. If three
judges recommend certification, you will be certified
for a five-year period. You can perpetuate your
certification with five-year renewal applications
showing that you have kept your skills up to date.
- To see a proposed timeline for the certification application process, click
- To evaluate your readiness, click here.
- To see the judging rubrics that will be used to evaluate your application, click here.
For a schedule of conferences where sample portfolios will be available for viewing, please see the Calendar of Events.