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From: Jeanette Daniels <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Certification vs. education (Was: Usability [wasGenealogy as a discipline])
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 23:35:39 -0800 (PST)
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I have a question since the discussion is on education, certification, etc. 
I understand that the NGS course used to be properly accredited in the
United States through an accrediting body, but that now it is not. 
Does anyone know why?  Why was the accreditation allowed to lapse?

Also, why has BCG not been accredited as a certifying body in the US? 
The same goes for the ICAPGEN not being accredited as a certifying body
in the United States as well.  Both have been around long enough that by
now it seems that both would have gone through this.

Does anyone know?  Thanks.


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Sent: Mon, January 25, 2010 11:55:30 AM
Subject: Re: [TGF] Certification vs. education (Was: Usability [was Genealogy as a discipline])

Connie wrote:
>I think this is a situation where we need to be very careful about how we
use words with the same root.  Universities (perhaps especially in Colleges
of Education?) have been offering post-graduate "certificates" in
specialized areas for over 3 decades (at least).  For example, the "Graduate
Certificate in Positive Behavior Support" issued by Northern Arizona
University connotes very clearly to those in the field of developmental
disabilities that people who already have a Master's Degree have completed
advanced studies beyond the Master's.  So, I don't think it's completely
accurate to imply that certificates issued by an educational institution
carry no credibility.

>As you know, however, this is a very different animal than "certification"
by a state or a professional organization.  Educational institutions issue
certificates, but they do not certify.

You are absolutely right, Connie.  There is widespread confusion over the
difference between a "certificate" issued by an educational institution and
"certification."  To use an example dear to my heart: Samford IGHR issues
certificates to everyone who completes an institute course. Unfortunately,
some who have attended the institute have then advertised their services,
saying they were "certified" by the Samford IGHR.  Similarly, the BCG booth
at conferences, we have many individuals who stop by and tell us "I'm
already certified; I've been certified by NGS" or BYU, or XYZ.  The authors
of the certification/accreditation chapter in ProGen clearly make the
distinction between certification and a certificate of instruction; but,
then, not everyone reads ProGen. :)

Meanwhile, we all appreciate, encourage, respect, and support in every way
possible the "academic" certificate programs offered by BYU, BU, NIGS, and
others. They are important steps forward in the educational growth of our


Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG

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