BCG awards credentials to persons whose work meets standards of ethics and competence. Associates are required to apply for renewal every five years.
Associates’ research specialties and services can be located in the directory. Associates can also be searched by surname, credentials, residence, geographic areas of research, and languages.
The words Certified Genealogist and its acronym, CG, are registered certification marks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the designation Certified Genealogical Lecturer and its acronym, CGL, are service marks of BCG, used under license by certificants after periodic competency evaluations (and only during the current five-year period for which they are certified).