What does it take to become an accredited genealogist? Why even bother to do it? Danielle Batson provided each person in her well attended session with an excellent high level overview of the pros and cons of being an accredited genealogist and what it takes to get there. Her Tuesday morning session at the BYU Family History Conference was nearly full with people asking questions about the whys and hows of becoming an accredited genealogist. Questions were coming so fast and furious that she finally had to ask that they save their questions for the end of the class or to ask them at the several other tracks that are being offered throughout this conference.
Danielle Batson presented her no nonsense presentation with a generous amount of humor, which made the information she shared feel quite enjoyable. There’s no doubt that getting your accreditation will require you to make a serious commitment and put in a lot of work. This is a 1 to 3 year commitment with some financial investment in the effort as well.
According to Batson, the accreditation program has been revised, which in some ways has made it a more meaningful experience. The full testing experience is now spread over two days instead of one day. And the individual must pass the first portion of the test before moving on to the second. The entire program is set up to be completed in 3 phases. These include:
Level 1: Applications: (Four generation project and forms).
Level 2: Written Exams (Sections 1-4)
Level 3: Written Exams (Sections 506) and oral review
You can become accredited for one or more specific regions throughout the world.
For those taking living in the Salt Lake City area, the portions of the test can now be taken on the computer instead of paper. Another perk is the ICAPGen Study groups where each person can be assigned to a “study buddy” to work with, which helps the individual learn how to become a better researcher and prepare for the accreditation process.
With only about 45 minutes to present her information and much of our time taken up with questions, Danielle was only able to cover the basics of what is involved in getting your accreditation. But Tuesday and Wednesday provides conference attendees with an entire track filled with classes dedicated to helping people fully understand what is involved in becoming an accredited genealogist.
To see all you need to know about the process, the cost and all that is involved in becoming an accredited genealogy, visit the ICAPGen webpage.
Being an accredited genealogist takes time, money and serious work but it’s something that is recognized throughout the country as a significant accomplishment. What more, ICAPGen backs up the work of their Accredited Genealogists® so you know they are serious in helping you become the best genealogist you can be.
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