The Professional Development Certificate is under the guidance of Angela Breidenbach, PLCGS, and Executive Director of the International Institute of Genealogical Studies. She is a professional genealogist, author, and speaker. To receive your Professional Development Certificate you must successfully complete 32 compulsory courses and 8 elective courses. We suggest earning a country record certificate as it will allow you to earn the post nominal PLCGS.

This program will benefit those who wish to pursue a career in genealogy, create a genealogy business, or augment income potential by adding niche areas to their business plan. Skill-building courses are of high importance in this certificate to ensure quality results as a professional researcher running a business.