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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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Two Important Testing Announcements

ICAPGen have two important announcements regarding testing.

First, ICAPGen will no longer be offering tests in the Mountain West and Pacific Regions after 2018. These regions will be replaced with the Southwest and Northwest regions. The states of the new regions will be divided as follows:

Northwest – Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming
Southwest – Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah

The following map shows the new regions (Northwest is light blue. Southwest is pink).

We would also like to announce the language requirements for all regions. There are many areas that have records in multiple languages. It is important that anyone accrediting in these regions be familiar with the multiple languages of the area. You will not be required to speak or translate documents in every language; however, you will need to be able to transcribe, translate and/or abstract documents in those languages. The table below lists the regions with their languages and the tasks that you will be required to perform.  Read the following chart carefully, because some regions have new language requirements.  You will be required to identify all documents by type and language, if other than English. Please make any inquiries regarding any questions you may have.

Testing Region
Transcribe & translate
Abstract
Continental Europe
 
 
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
South Germany*
German, French, Latin
German, French, Latin
East 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
Portugal*
Portuguese
Portuguese
Russia*
Russian
Russian
Spain
Spanish
Spanish, Catalan
Switzerland
French, German, Latin
French, German, Italian, Latin
 
 
 
Latin America
 
 
Mexico
Spanish
Spanish
Brazil*
Portuguese
Portuguese
All other approved Latin American exams
Spanish
Spanish
 
 
 
Scandinavia
 
 
Denmark
Danish
Danish, German
Finland
Finnish, Swedish
Finnish, Swedish
Norway
Norwegian
Norwegian
Sweden
Swedish
Swedish
 
 
 
British Isles
 
 
England
English, Latin
English, Latin
Ireland
English
English, Latin
Scotland
English
English, Latin
Wales
English
English, Welsh
 
 
 
Africa
 
 
South Africa*
English, Afrikaans
English, Afrikaans
 
 
 
Canada
 
 
Canada-General
English, French
English, French
Canada-French
English, French
English, French, Latin
 
 
 
United States
 
 
African-American*
English
English
Great Plains Region
English
English, Spanish, German
Gulf South Region
English
English, French
Mid-Atlantic Region
English
English, German
Mid-South Region
English
English, German
Midwest Region
English
English, German, Swedish
New England Region 
English
English
Northwest*
English
English
Mountain West Region+
English
English, Spanish
Pacific Region+
English
English, Spanish
Southwest*
English
English, Spanish
*The tests for these regions are in various stages of development.  Please inquire about their status before applying.
+ Applications for these tests will no longer be accepted for testing after 2018.

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.


Book Available by ICAPGen!

Becoming an Excellent GenealogistICAPGen is very pleased to recommend our latest book: Becoming an Excellent Genealogist: Essays on Professional Research Skills, edited by Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA; Tristan L. Tolman, AG; and Linda K. Gulbrandsen, AG. Genealogical research has become one of the most popular pastimes in the United States. As the popularity of genealogical research continues to grow, so does the need for guidance that takes the researcher beyond basic, introductory instruction. This book provides higher levels of instruction to help you become a more excellent genealogist. It illustrates how to use sources and information better, develop more advanced research and analytical skills, and learn new methodologies. The book is softcover and 234 pages. Price is $24.95 plus shipping. Click here to order yours today!

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