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What are the criteria used by the BCG to gauge an applicant's competence? They are
the quality of your work and the evidence you submit to demonstrate your knowledge about the
records and repositories within your area of specialization. These are the benchmarks by which
your application is judged.
As an applicant for certification, you will be required to provide examples of your
work to illustrate your knowledge of bibliography, resources, and research methodology.
These examples should reveal your proficiency in identifying documentary evidence and your
ability to evaluate research results in the context of a specific problem. You will also be
expected to demonstrate knowledge in your area of research and general skills of
communication and professionalism.
As in most testing processes in the business world, you will be asked to:
* describe your general educational background;
* list genealogical instructional courses completed, conference and/or
workshops attended, dates of attendance, and any certificate received or
* enumerate your genealogy-related activities -- such as society memberships, offices
held, and volunteer activities;
* outline briefly your research experience and any specialized training you think has
benefited you in this field.
You will also be asked to:
* explain why you seek certification and whether you intend to accept genealogical
* discuss your accessibility to the records of your geographic specialty,
* transcribe, abstract, and comment upon the genealogical value of two documents
provided by the Board; and comment as to their genealogical value and your research
plans based on the clues they contain,
* choose two books, articles, finding aids, or other examples of secondary material
and discuss their merits and shortcomings;
* sign the Genealogist's Code of Ethics, signifying your willingness to abide by its
* complete the other requirements in this category for which you are applying, as
discussed in the Applications Guide.
Most details regarding requirements are quoted directly from the booklet, Applications Guide, available
for $3.50 from the Board for Certification of Genealogists, P.O. Box 5816, Falmouth, VA 22403. This guide
provides suggestions as to your application's expected content and offers helpful tips throughout.
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