BCG awards credentials to persons whose work meets standards of ethics and competence. Associates are required to apply for renewal every five years.
Certified Genealogist and CG are registered certification marks, and Certified Genealogist Lecturer and CGL are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic competency evaluations. The board’s name is registered in the US Patent and Trademark Office.
BCG offers Retired status to individuals who maintained their credential with BCG in good standing for at least twenty years and who are now retired from research for clients and from the profession of genealogy for more than incidental monetary gain. These individuals no longer undergo testing.
BCG offers Emeritus status to individuals who have had a long and distinguished career with BCG and who are retired from research for clients and from the profession of genealogy for more than incidental monetary gain. Distinguished service may include serving as a BCG officer, trustee, or judge. It may also include service to the broader genealogical community. Emeritus status is determined on a case-by-case basis by vote of the trustees by secret ballot. These individuals no longer undergo testing.