The accreditation examinations offered through ICAPGen(SM) are designed to distinguish the professional-level genealogist from the hobbyist and the amateur. Hence, the exams are rigorous and intensive. There are many ways a genealogist can prepare to become accredited. Following are some suggestions:
Determine the Region in Which to Apply
Select a region for which you have a good working knowledge of the records, methodologies, and repositories and for which you have a four-generation project that meets the requirements. It is required that a researcher have at least 1,000 hours of genealogical research and educational experience with 500 hours in the records of the chosen region before applying for accreditation. The purpose for ICAPGen’s (SM) regional (area) focus is to group together areas with similar history, language, laws, geography, or research methodologies. To see current testing regions and resources go to Testing Regions and Resources. An applicant should be competent in the English language in order to do well on the current exam. If the credential is desired for an area that is not the native language, a working knowledge of the native language of that country is required. To strengthen and test language skills go to Language Ability.
Get Extensive Research Experience
No specific, formal classes in genealogy are required for accreditation. For suggestions for genealogical education go to Educational Resources.
Document Your Experience and Education