We currently need access to a local library or archival research facility to continue our testing. Please be aware that because of COVID-19, we will need to place all testing on hold until archives and repositories are reopened. We are unable to anticipate when we can safely resume our testing and will not resume testing until our volunteers’ and applicants’ health and safety are protected. When we resume testing, we will start testing at the Family History Library. Then we will assess localities on a case by case basis based on local health guidelines. We hope you understand and know that we care about you and your project. Thank you for your understanding.
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The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, internationally recognized as ICAPGen℠, is a professional credentialing organization dedicated to testing an individual's competence in genealogical research. The organization is administered by a board of qualified Commissioners with many years of experience.
In order to better facilitate and help all individuals interested in becoming an Accredited Genealogist®, ICAPGen℠ offers study groups to help better prepare for accreditation. Click on the link below to learn more about the ICAPGen℠ Study Groups.
LEVEL 1 PROJECT SUBMISSION DEADLINES (Project Upload)
- 11 January 2020
- 9 May 2020
- 12 September 2020
LEVEL 2 AND LEVEL 3 TESTING DATES (May not schedule until notified Level 1 passed.)
- Written exams and all retakes: 10-11 January 2020
- Written exams and all retakes: 8-9 May 2020
- Written exams and all retakes: 11-12 September 2020
ORAL REVIEW (May not schedule until notified Level 2 and written tests of Level 3 passed.)
- 14 December 2019
- 11 January 2020
- 9 May 2020
- 13 September 2020
- Level 2 & Level 3 are given on a Friday night/Saturday daytime test schedule. The first part of Level 2 exams are given on Friday evening. The candidate returns on Saturday to complete their Level 2 exam and take their written portion of the Level 3 exam.
- Retakes are scheduled as needed during the Saturday testing day.
- Those preferring to take Level 2 & Level 3 during different testing cycles may do so, but they need to take Level 2 one testing cycle and wait until the following test cycle to take Level 3.
- Onsite Level 2 and Level 3 tests are scheduled on the first scheduled testing date after applicant receives passing score on Level 1.
- If you are planning to take the test off-site, please reach out to the testing secretary to schedule your test before paying your fees.
- Custom on-site testing available for special circumstances. (Email the testing secretary for permission at firstname.lastname@example.org before paying fees.)
- Additional charges apply for custom onsite testing. See Fee Schedule for details.
- Our goal is to process ratings in a timely manner, however, rating each testing level is a multi-step process that relies on the volunteer efforts of busy AG professionals and their availablity.
- Please allow up to 6 months to receive your test results for each level. We will notify you if it is going to take longer than six months.
- Level 1 four-generation projects are blind rated by a minimum of three people.
- Projects are first rated for items found in the Part A self-assessment form. Projects that do not pass Part A are not rated further.
- If the project passes the Part A rating, two experts from the region of interest rate it for items found on the Part B self-assessment form. If one rater passes the project and the other doesn’t an additional rating is done.
- Level 2 and Level 3 written tests are graded by a minimum of two graders. If one grader gives a passing grade and the other doesn’t tests are sent to an additional grader.