Renew your Credentials

ICAPGen℠ requires each Accredited Genealogist® professional to renew his or her accreditation every five years.

The purpose of renewal is to assure that each AG® professional is keeping current with available sources and research techniques in the area of accreditation under renewal, including familiarity with new electronic and digital resources. This renewal process also ensures that each Accredited Genealogist professional is sustaining the high ethical and professional standards associated with ICAPGen℠.

There is no charge to the AG® for renewing their credentials. ICAPGen℠ will contact each AG® professional by email or letter one year prior to the five-year anniversary of his or her accreditation, with follow-up reminders at six and three months before expiration. Renewal instructions will be included with the reminder.

Please note that the requirements for renewing have changed as per a decision made by the ICAPGen Board in February 2009. Additional time may now be required to complete the necessary requirements.

The following documents are tools for you to use for greater success with the renewal process. Each report submission is scored by two raters. The rubric they use to score the report is found below. Be sure to study this and include all key elements in the report. There is also a sample renewal report. Please remember that this is only an example. Not all reports need to look like the one below but should be used as an example of the expectations for the renewal report.

Renewal Rater's Form

Sample Renewal Report

Important Changes for Renewals

Effective March 17, 2017 all AG® renewals must be submitted electronically to renewals@icapgen.org.

Effective May 2020: A brief description of volunteer hours provided for the ICAPGen renewal reflecting twenty-five (25) hours over five (5) years.  These activities could include but are not limited to serving in an ICAPGen capacity, volunteering in local, provincial, regional, or state genealogical/historical organizations, serving in national, international, or state heritage organizations i.e., DAR, SAR, DUP, etc. For volunteer opportunities, please go to the following link


If your accreditation is due in the next four year period (2020 - 2024) some grace will be provided such as 5-15 hours of service, but by 2024 the expectation is 25 hours of service.

Recently Renewed Credentials

To see a list of those who have recently renewed click here.

Important Documents

You will need to use the following documents when renewing your credential. Be sure to use the checklist. It has specific information concerning expectations for the report. Please direct all questions to renewals@icapgen.org. Click on the document name to download the document.

Professional Ethics Agreement

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