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Apply to Become an AG® Professional

Applying for Level 1 and submitting a four-generation project is the first step along the path to becoming an AG professional. Below outlines steps for applying.


Step 1: Read the “ICAPGen Guide to Applying for an Accredited Genealogist Credential”

This guide presents all of ICAPGen’s requirements and guidelines. Careful study and use of it will facilitate preparation of a successful Level 1 four-generation project and passing Level 2 and Level 3 exams. Access the Guide here: Online Version                              

Step 2: Become Familiar with the Important Record Types for Your Chosen Region

Experience has shown that successful AG candidates have a high degree of familiarity in the use of records from the “Important Record Types List” for their chosen region. It is required that you review the list for your chosen region. It is recommended that you have experience with a wide variety of record types from that list. The list can be found in the “Resources, Record Types, and Strategies” page for your selected region. Use the link below to access the list for your chosen region.

Resources, Record Types, and Strategies

Step 3: Take Accreditation Readiness Assessment

The Accreditation Readiness Assessment (formerly the Level 1 Questionnaire) is part of the Level 1 requirements. This assessment helps you evaluate your experience and skill level to determine if you are adequately prepared to begin the accreditation process. If you are lacking experience or skills in any of the areas on the assessment, please take time to gain more experience before beginning the accreditation process. NOTE: Print (save) a copy of the email with your results to include with your project when you receive your upload instructions. Use the link below to access the assessment.

Accreditation Readiness Assessment

Step 4: Pay Level 1 Fee and Complete “Contact Information Form” 

Pay fees before completing the “Contact Information Form.” To pay level 1 fee click on the link below.

Pay Your Fees

Do not pay Level 1 fee until the four-generation project is ready to submit

We practice blind rating. The “Contact Information Form”  is used to gather information needed to process your fees and assign you an application number. To complete the form click on the link below:

Contact Information Form

Do not pay Level 2 & Level 3 fee until Level 1 is attained. 

Step 5: Take the Level 1 Four-Generation Project Self-Assessment

This self-assessment, based on the grading rubrics for the Level 1 Four-Generation Project, will help you determine if your project meets the extensive requirements before you submit it for grading. If your project is lacking in any area of the self-assessment, please take time to improve and polish your project before submitting it for grading. After taking the assessment you will receive your results via email. Print (save) a copy of your results as a pdf file. You need to upload a copy of it with your project. To complete the assessment, click on the link below:

Level 1 Four-Generation Project Self-Assessment

Step 6: Submit Your Four-generation project

After fees are paid online and the “Contact Information Form” is processed, the testing committee secretary will email you instructions on how to submit your Four-Generation Project electronically. Allow 3-5 business days processing time for instructions to be emailed.

How do I prepare?

Use the link below to access a variety of tools to help you prepare for all levels of testing.

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