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We have a number of long-form courses & skills assessment programs

Catch up on our latest information session on courses via this link.

Bookings for all courses can be made at:

The Beginners Practical Introduction to Family History course usually run 3 times a year with the next cohort starting in on 10 April.

The Beginners' Research Methods course will be running again in (date to be confirmed)

The Intermediate Research Methods course will be running at least twice in 2024: 7 online sessions starting: January and July 2024.

The next cohort of the Certificate of Genealogical Research begins in August 2024 and we will be taking our next cohort of Diploma in Family Historical Studies in February 2024. 

If you are not yet a member of the Society, please consider joining to be a part of our community of family historians:


    Certificate in Genealogical Research                                (skills assessments)


We’ve been running a Certificate in Genealogical Research program since 2010. Designed to help members improve their research, analysis and writing skills, this program must be successfully completed before you can enrol in our Diploma in Family Historical Studies. You are expected to already have a good working knowledge of family history and have been researching for a minimum of three years before applying. The skills assessment program runs for 12 months, and successful candidates must complete 8 components of work in that time (assessments and an online examination).

Certificate regulations

Applications for 2024 cohorts are now open - there will be 2 cohorts in 2024 - you can either start the course in February or August.

Enrolment for February 2024 cohort via:

See THIS LINK for further information on the 2024 cohorts. 

Once a member has completed the Certificate in Genealogical Research they may like to take their studies further by enrolling in our Diploma in Family Historical Studies. The Diploma has been running since 1974 and enrolment is open to any member who completes the Certificate course at a credit level of 75% or higher (it is also no longer the case that this needs to be completed within the previous two years).

The current Regulations can be downloaded from the link below.

Dip FHS regulations

Applications for admission to the Diploma course are taken from January - 28 February each year for those who successfully completed the Certificate course in prior years. The application form for our 2024 intake is available from registration of an Expression of InterestPast thesis can be viewed in the Library (search the Library catalogue Thesis/A6/ or contact office for electronic samples).

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The Society of Australian Genealogists is not currently registered with government regulators as a higher education provider. Courses, including our Certificate and Diploma are non-accredited and do not at this time result in the award of a qualification recognised with the Australian Qualifications Framework. We do however, constantly review and adapt our courses in line with both the practices and standards of genealogical education given our extensive sector experience and with governance through a Diploma and Certificate Committee and the Society’s Board .

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