The Certificate in Genealogical Research course was introduced in 2010 and is designed to help students improve their research analysis and writing skills. It is not intended to be a course which teaches you how to undertake genealogical research and applicants are expected to have a good working knowledge of family history and to have been researching family history for a minimum of three years before they apply.
The course is undertaken over an 18 month period and requires successful completion of 8 components of work. Candidates must be financial members of the SAG when undertaking the course and it has been designed so that members who live outside of the Sydney area can participate in it. Good internet access is important as all work is despatched and received by email.
An Information Brochure about the 2017 course is available here.
The current course Regulations (as at 9 December 2015) are available here.
Applications for 2017are open from 1-28 February. Applications are not accepted at other times and potential applicants should be aware that the course is extremely popular and is usually over subscribed.
To apply for a place in the 2017 Certificate in Genealogical Research Certificate course, you will need to complete a short survey. This asks for some background information about you and your reasons for wanting to do the course, and also requires you to complete a short genealogical question. In order to answer that question you will need to have downloaded an historical newspaper report, so make sure you have done that before you begin the survey.
Once you have opened and started the survey you cannot save your answers and return to it later, so make sure you set aside about 20 minutes to complete your application online.
The newspaper report will be found here
The online application form (survey) will be found here