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Apply to Become an AG® Professional

If you are ready to complete the steps to Apply for Level 1 of the accreditation process, follows the steps below:


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.                              

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 “Regional Resources” document for their chosen region. It is required that you review the regional resources for your chosen region. It is recommended that you have experience with a wide variety of record types from that list. The document can be found on the Testing Regions page by clicking on the name of your region.

Testing Regions

Step 3: Take Accreditation Readiness Assessment

The Accreditation Readiness Assessment 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. After taking the assessment you will receive your results via email. 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. Use the link below to access the assessment.

Accreditation Readiness Assessment

Step 4: 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. After taking the assessment you will receive your results via email. 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. To complete the assessment, click on the link below:

Level 1 Four-Generation Project Self-Assessment

Step 5: 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. 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. You must do both.

Pay Your Fees

Contact Information Form

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

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.

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