The Board for Certification of Genealogists is pleased to announce that one of its key publications, The BCG Application Guide, is now available as a free download from BCG’s website.
The Application Guide, in which the Board describes its requirements for certification, was previously available only in print form by purchase. The decision to provide it to all interested parties at no cost is a significant change in approach for the certifying body. It means individuals will more easily be able to answer questions they may have about the certification requirements and process. The change may especially benefit individuals as yet only casually interested in certification.
The 32-page Guide is also newly revised and replaces an edition published in 2007. It features a new “Getting Help” appendix that organizes in one place material previously scattered throughout the publication.
Changes in the 2011 edition include elimination of a five-year waiting period for board-certified associates who want to apply for the board’s lecturing credential. Certification in the Board’s research category—Certified Genealogist (CG)—remains a prerequisite for those who seek the teaching credential—Certified Genealogical Lecturer (CGL). However, associates may now apply for the second credential as soon as they like after they have earned the first. Other changes are primarily aimed at helping new and renewal applicants to choose stronger work samples.
The Board’s transition to the new Guide will be carried out with the usual consideration for preliminary applicants who may have already prepared materials using the old Guide. Individuals who have submitted preliminary applications may continue to use the 2007 version of the Guide. New preliminary applicants and those who request extensions will be required to use the 2011 edition.
The Guide can found on the Submission Requirements page of the BCG website at http://bcgcertification.org/certification/requirements.html
BCG is an independent credentialing body; its name is registered with the USPTO. Founded in 1964, the board’s mission is to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics among genealogical practitioners, and by publicly recognizing persons who meet that standard. For more information visit http://www.bcgcertification.org/ .