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ICAPGen Study Groups

ICAPGen offers two study groups via Zoom conferencing. Each group is designed to help prepare participants for the ICAPGen testing process.

Purpose of Level 1 ICAPGen Study Group

  • Educate participants on requirements for the Level 1 Four-Generation Project.
  • Mentor participants as they write the report for one generation of the Four-Generation Project.
  • Provide participants the opportunity to have their work reviewed by a peer and an AG® Study Group Mentor.
  • Guide participants as they assemble a research log, pedigree chart, family group sheet, and document file for one generation of the Four-Generation Project.
  • Participate in a Level 1 Q & A session with a Level 1 Committee Member. 
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Spring 2021 Level 1 Study Group: 29 March 2021
    • Summer 2021 Level 1 Study Group: 1 July 2021

Requirements to apply

  • Participants must have chosen an accreditation region and have experience researching in the region.
  • Participants must have most of their research completed for one generation of their Four-Generation Project and have high-intermediate or advanced research skills.
  • Participants must have experience writing research reports.

Application Process

  • Send an email to studygroup@icapgen.org stating interest in a Level 1 Study Group. Specific application instructions will then be sent to each applicant.
    • Submit a 3-5 page research report written as if to a client. 
    • Submit an outline of the research accomplished.
    • Submit a basic outline detailing what will be proven in one generation of their Four-Generation Project and a list of the sources that will be used.
  • Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • Readability (spelling, grammar, sentence structure)
    • Most of the research presented in the outline is based on original records appropriate for the accreditation region.
    • Emerging analysis and correlation skills are evident in the report.
    • Emerging ability to write consistent citations is evident in the report.
  • Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the study group is full before your application is accepted, your application will be considered for the next study group.
  • Fee: $75.00 USD
  • Readiness assignment may be given to help applicants prepare for a successful study group experience.

ICAPGen Level 1 Study Groups are held in the Winter, Spring and Summer of each year. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants per group. Applicants may start the application process at any time of the year. The Level 1 Study Group meets 7 times over the four months of the study group via Zoom conferencing. More details will be given after acceptance into a study group.

Purpose of Level 2 & 3 Study Group

  • Applicants who have successfully passed Level 1 testing may apply.
  • To apply, email your name, Level 1 status, and accreditation region to studygroup@icapgen.org.
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Spring Level 2 & 3 Study Group: 3 March 2021
    • Fall Level 2 & 3 Study Group: 8 August 2021
  • Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the study group is full when your application is received, your application will be considered for the next study group.
  • Fee: $50.00 USD

Level 2 & 3  Study Groups are held in the Spring and Fall and meet every other week for a total of six weeks. Enrollment is limited to eight participants per group. Applicants may apply at any time of the year. The study group meets via Zoom conferencing. More details will be given after acceptance into a study group.

Disclaimer: Participation in an ICAPGen Study Group does not guarantee that a participant will pass each level of testing. Study Group mentors will educate participants on the requirements in the Guide to Applying for an Accredited Genealogist Credential®, present lessons regarding sound genealogical practices, present appropriate examples, and make suggestions to help improve participants’ writing skills. However, it is the sole responsibility of each applicant to assess whether all the requirements of the Level 1 Four-Generation Project are met prior to submission.