About Us

Our Vision
Every professional guardian will obtain and maintain CGC certification.

Our Mission
The mission of the Center for Guardianship Certification is to provide comprehensive certification programs for guardians and other fiduciaries.

Providing “comprehensive certification programs” encompasses all aspects of the programs including conducting job and item analyses, mapping the exam(s) to the core competencies, vetting applications, conducting background checks, verifying CEUs required, providing the exam to applicants, oversight of the recertification process, maintaining a robust disciplinary process, and reviewing/revising the rules and regulations of the programs

Our Purpose
The purpose of the Center for Guardianship Certification is:

  • To develop and administer a credentialing process for guardians.
  • To address issues related to renewal, suspension and revocation of credentials for guardians.
  • To encourage, support and foster best practices in the provision of quality guardianship services.

Core Value
Excellence in Certification


Policies and Procedures

Public Policy Statement on Certification

CGC’s Position Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Myths and Facts about NGA and CGC


The Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC), originally the National Guardianship Foundation (NGF), began as an allied foundation of the National Guardianship Association (NGA) to elevate guardianship services through national certification. Established in November 1997, CGC was initially the NGF and later rebranded in July 2007 to distinguish itself from the NGA while providing distinct services.

CGC is the steward of the national certification process, overseeing exam content, scheduling, and decertification. Beyond a mere credential, certification for CGC signifies a demonstration of a guardian’s skills, knowledge, and understanding of universal guardianship principles to be worthy of the responsibility entrusted to him or her.

Certification entitles the guardian to represent to the courts and the public that he or she is eligible to be appointed, is not disqualified by prior conduct, agrees to abide by universal ethical standards governing a person with fiduciary responsibilities, submits to a disciplinary process, and can demonstrate through a written test an understanding of basic guardianship principles and laws.

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