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The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is the credentialing body governing the ForensicGenealogistCredentialedSM credential (which is to be abbreviated as FGCSM). Membership in CAFG is a requirement for application.  Members enjoy the benefits of access to additional useful information as well as the ability to connect and network with colleagues in the field.

A person interested in becoming a ForensicGenealogistCredentialedSM (FGCSM) should begin by obtaining a copy of our Application Process.  If you have a credentialing-related question for which you do not find an answer in the Application Process document or the FAQs below, you may send an email to info@forensicgenealogists.org.

Question: Who can apply?
Answer: The credential is open to members in good standing of CAFG who have achieved Level IV status.

Question: How much does it cost to become credentialed?
Answer: Fees are assessed at two stages of the application process: when you submit your preliminary application and when you submit the final application with your portfolio. The initial application requires a $100 non-refundable fee.  Once the applicant has passed Part I, then they submit a second non-refundable fee of $150 for Part II.

Question: How long is the credential valid for?
Answer:  The credential is awarded for five years, subject to a renewal application.

Question: Can the credential be revoked?
Answer:  The CAFG credential may be revoked by the CAFG Board in case of violation of the CAFG Standards of Practice and Conduct, failing to remain a current paid CAFG member, or involvement in illegal or unethical conduct that reflects negatively on CAFG or the field of forensic genealogy.

Question: What is the proper way to use the credential?
Answer:  So, for example, it is not proper usage to state, “I am a ForensicGenealogistCredentialed,” as that is a generic usage.  On the other hand, it is proper usage to state, “I am ForensicGenealogistCredentialed John Doe,” “I am Jane Doe, ForensicGenealogistCredentialed,” or “I hold a ForensicGenealogistCredentialed credential.”

Question:  Can I send my portfolio via regular mail?
Answer:  No, we are a paperless society and as such we require you to submit your portfolio by uploading it to Dropbox.