The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, internationally recognized as ICAPGen, sets standards for the genealogical community through comprehensive written and oral examinations.
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Important Testing Announcements
In the April and May Board meetings, the ICAPGen Board approved several proposals that will affect testing:
- realignment of the US regions
- realignment of the Canada regions
- the addition of foreign languages to the US tests
- the replacement of the 1900 date as the last year that the starting person in the Level One project can have been born with the institution of a rolling birth date 80 years before the submission of the project
Effective in the first quarter of 2019, the following US and Canada regions will come into effect. Candidates can still apply for the old regions until the last testing quarter of 2018. Please check the “Testing Dates & Deadlines” section of the ICAPGen site for exact deadlines. This deadline also applies to the newly created Germany regions (which is an extension of the previously-announced deadline).
- Great Lakes: Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois
- Upper South: Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
- Southeast: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina
- North Central: Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska
- South Central: Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana
- Northwest: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
- Southwest: California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado
Two regions remain exactly the same:
- New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
- Mid-Atlantic: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
- Atlantic Provinces: Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia
- Western Provinces: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia
Each region will now have a maximum of 6 states or provinces. This alignment will allow candidates to become more skilled and knowledgeable in their region, as they will be able to spend more research time in a smaller number of states or provinces.
Those who are already accredited can renew that region in perpetuity.
In addition to updating language requirements in regions outside of North America, the Board has approved the requirement that candidates demonstrate skill in a foreign language in US exams by abstracting a simple baptism, marriage, or death record if a region warrants such skill. For examples of records that would be similar to those that you would have to abstract for US regions, please click here.
You will be required to identify all documents by type and language, if other than English. You will only transcribe and abstract English-language documents.
See this chart for the language requirements:
|Testing Region||Transcribe & translate||Abstract|
|Austria||German, Latin||German, Latin|
|Belgium||French, Dutch, Latin||French, Dutch, German, Latin|
|Czechia||Czech, German||Czech, German, Latin|
|France||French||French, German, Latin|
|Northwest Germany*||German, Latin||German, Danish, Latin, French|
|Southern Germany*||German, French, Latin||German, French, Latin|
|Eastern Germany*||German, Latin||German, Polish, Latin|
|Hungary*||Hungarian, German, Latin||Hungarian, German, Latin|
|Italy||Italian, Latin||Italian, Latin|
|Luxembourg||French, German, Latin||French, German, Latin|
|The Netherlands||Dutch, Latin||Dutch, French, Latin|
|Poland||Polish, German, Latin||Polish, German, Russian, Latin|
|Switzerland||French, German, Latin||French, German, Italian, Latin|
|All other approved Latin American exams||Spanish||Spanish|
|Finland||Finnish, Swedish||Finnish, Swedish|
|England||English, Latin||English, Latin|
|South Africa*||English, Afrikaans||English, Afrikaans|
|Atlantic Provinces*||English, French||English, French|
|Quebec*||English, French||English, French, Latin|
|Great Lakes*||English||English, German|
|North Central*||English||English, German, Swedish|
|South Central*||English||English, French, German, Spanish|
*These tests are in various stages of development. Please contact ICAPGen before submitting an application.
Changes to Level 2 and 3 Testing
The ICAPGen testing committee is currently updating and restructuring the Level 2 and Level 3 exams. These changes will necessitate a major update to the “Guide to Applying for an Accredited Genealogist Credential.” Please refer to the online version as it will contain the most up to date information. The online version will also be undergoing changes so please refer back often. Until further notice the PDF version of the guide is not up to date.
Changes in the Germany Testing Area
The ICAPGen Board has approved a change in the Germany testing area. At present, there is only one testing region for all of Germany. There will no longer be a single Germany Region accreditation; there will be three accreditation regions: East, South, and Northwest. Candidates may turn in an application and test in the third quarter (August) 2018 for the Germany region, after which no further applications will be accepted for the Germany Region. After that time, applicants will choose one of the three new areas for which to test.
The creation of three regions will allow candidates to specialize in one region of Germany, although accreditations for the other two regions can be earned later. Those people who already have a Germany accreditation will be able to renew that in perpetuity and will not need to become accredited in one of the other regions, although they may, if they choose to do so.
To read more about these changes and to view a map showing the divisions, see the page Changes in Germany Testing Area
Announcing a change to our requirements to join a study group. For details click here.
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