Accreditation / Certification

Genealogy Credentials by Accreditated Board or Commission

Genealogy credentials are like a "seal of approval" which assures consumers that they will receive fair treatment and quality family history research. Having a credential gives genealogists access to potential clients.

The genealogical community is organized into two regulating bodies that protect consumer interests, support continuing education in the field, and license genealogists with credentials. They are the Board for Certification of Genealogist®  and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). In addition to offering credentials, both organizations provide mentoring services and peer-reviews. Genealogists can be successful with credentials from either or both organizations.

Board for Certification of Genealogist®

BCG offers Certified Genealogist® (CG) and Certified Genealogical Lecturer (CGL) credentials. Requirements for earning these credentials can be found in the BCG Application Guide.

International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen)

ICAPGen offers Accredited Genealogist (AG) credentials. Requirements for earning these credentials can be found in the Overview of the Accreditation Process on their website.