Certificate in Genealogical Research

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 2016 are open from 1-29 February 2016.  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 you will need to complete an online application which you will find here.  To complete the application you will need to refer to this historical newspaper article so please download it and have it with you before completing your application.  The form will take about 20 minutes to complete, and you cannot save your form and return to it later. 


Diploma in Family Historical Studies

Completion of the Certificate in Genealogical Research course run by the SAG is required at a credit level of 75% or higher before application can be made to undertake the Diploma course.

You can find out more about the current Regulations (effective 9 December 2015) by downloading a copy here

Applications for admission to the Diploma course will be open until 28 February 2016  for those who successfully completed the Certificate coursre in 2014 or 2015.  Complete the application form provided here and return it to the SAG together with a synopsis of your proposed thesis for approval.  When this step has been completed a once-off fee of $660 (including GST) will be payable within one month.