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How to become a National Certified Guardian (NCG):

Check Step 1 — Meet Minimum Standards for Certification

  1. Be at least 21 years of age.
  2. Describe experience related to a minimum of three different NCG core competencies.
  3. Document one of the following requirements:
    1. Be a high school graduate or possess the GED equivalent and submit proof of 30 hours of CGC approved coursework within two years prior to the applicant applying for certification;
    2. Hold a licensure in guardianship or certification in a field related to guardianship (for example, CFP, CPA, CMC, CCM) and submit proof of 20 hours of CGC approved coursework within two years prior to the applicant applying for certification;
    3. Possess a two-year degree in a field related to guardianship (for example, social work, criminal justice, accounting, nursing) and submit proof of 10 hours of CGC approved coursework within two years prior to the applicant applying for certification;
    4. Possess a four-year or higher degree in a field related to guardianship (for example, law, medical, social work, psychology, finance, business) and submit proof of 10 hours of CGC approved coursework within two years prior to the applicant applying for certification.
  4. Submit to third-party verification and send proof of educational requirements.
  5. Not have been convicted or pled guilty or no contest to a felony, or admit to having a felony and share the circumstances for consideration.
  6. Submit to a criminal background check.
  7. Agree to comply with the NGA Ethical Principles and the NGA Standards of Practice.
  8. Not have been civilly liable in an action that involved fraud, misrepresentation, material omission, misappropriation, moral turpitude, theft, or conversion.
  9. Not have been relieved of responsibilities as a guardian by a court, employer, or client for actions involving fraud, misrepresentation, material omission, misappropriation, theft, or conversion.

Check Step 2 — Complete your application and submit with an application and examination fee.

($100 non-refundable application fee and a $245 exam fee)

State-specific applications and fees vary.
Click here for the California application.

A full refund, less a $100.00 administrative fee, will be made if you send a written notice of cancellation. Cancellations received less than ten working days prior to the examination date will not be eligible for a refund.


Check Step 3 — Pass Examination.
You must show competency in guardianship by successfully completing an examination administered by the CGC. The examination is a comprehensive test consisting of multiple choice questions related to best practices in guardianship of the person and estate. Major categories of guardianship knowledge, also known as core competencies, are available on the CGC website. CGC expects that all fiduciaries will be knowledgeable in the ethics, standards and duties and responsibilities of guardians. The passing score is 75%.

For upcoming NGA Review Courses, click here.

Unsuccessful candidates may retake the examination for a $275.00 fee. You must fill out a new application and signature pages.