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Continuing Education

A Plan for Instituting Continuing Professional Education as Part of APG Membership


The Association of Professional Genealogists believes that all genealogists, no matter their experience or knowledge level, stand to benefit from continual learning, and recognizes that continuing professional development is crucial to advancing and improving the profession. 

To further this goal, the Board of Directors voted unanimously on January 7, 2015, to make Continuing Education a part of APG membership and a study committee was formed to develop the details. 

On July 13, 2016 the APG Board of Directors approved the following plan that was developed after careful thought, study, and review by the Continuing Education Study committee, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors. Implementation will begin on January 1, 2017, on a voluntary basis for at least the first year.

Members of the Association of Professional Genealogists shall complete a minimum of twelve (12) hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) per membership year, to be completed during the twelve (12) months prior to the member’s renewal date. 

The twelve (12) hour educational requirement may be met by any combined total of the following methods: college courses, conferences, discussion groups, institutes, lectures, online courses, self-directed study, or webinars.

At membership renewal, along with the signed Code of Ethics and Professional Practices, each member shall complete and submit a signed statement, either written or by online survey, that details how and when this education requirement was met. Life members shall submit the Continuing Professional Education requirement statement at the same time they submit their annual signed Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.

Members who have submitted their Code of Ethics and Professional Practices and Continuing Professional Education statements shall be listed in the public member directory. This requirement for CPE statement for listing in the public member directory shall be waived for a period of time to be determined by the APG Board, but will not be instituted before January 1, 2018.

Exemptions to the requirement for Continuing Professional Education may be granted on a case by case basis for extenuating circumstances, such as disability, health issues, long-term family difficulties, age combined with long-term membership, and no client activity.