Your certification is valid for five years and
expires on the anniversary date of the original
certification. The Executive Director notifies certified
persons ten to twelve months before their expiration
date with a reminder that the renewal portfolio
is due before the anniversary date. In order to
ensure that their certification is renewed on time,
certified persons should submit renewal portfolios
at least four months prior to their expiration date.
Complete, detailed instructions for a renewal application
can be found in the current edition of the
BCG Application Guide.
Renewal applicants must demonstrate
in their portfolio that their knowledge
and ability have kept pace with genealogical
standards, that they are still working
to those standards, and that they have
corrected any deficiencies noted in
earlier certification applications.
Applicants who are also renewing a
teaching-category certification must
submit additional materials to demonstrate
their teaching proficiency.
Through the years, BCG has asked our
associates to help each other by offering
renewal tips. Our thanks go to these
certified persons for their insight
and their willingness to share their
personal renewal strategies:
From Joan Ferris Curran, CGSM,
Vol. 1 No. 3 (Sept. 1995), p 20-1.
From Joseph Michael Barber, CGRSSM,
Vol. 6 No. 2 (May 2000), p. 12.
From Ruth Ann Hager, CGRSSM,
Vol. 6 No. 3 (September 2000), p. 20-21.
Prepare two folders, "Activities"
Place work samples and their
permissions into the "Writings" folder
and keep a log of the work you perform.
Track activities and awards on
a list and place this list and accompanying documentation
(conference brochures and articles) into the "Activities"
Compile your portfolio by reviewing
what you have placed into the two folders. Select
a variety of work samples: for example, selecting
one that is long and detailed, one that is complex
in nature, and one that is short and simple.
Allow the portfolio to "age."
Set it aside and revisit after a few days to notice
Check your portfolio. Have you
included the best examples of your work? Have
all renewal requirements been met? Should anything
be removed or added?
Look at the narrative portion
of your portfolio one last time for grammar, spelling,
Ask someone to proofread the
narrative for you and make appropriate changes.
Make certain that the material
is arranged in accordance with the Application
Weigh the portfolio.
Make necessary back-up copies
in the event of a tragic loss in the mail.
Package the portfolio and choose
an appropriate shipping method.