It is the norm for a profession (such as Cosmetology and Education) to have requirements that must be earned/ fulfilled by those desiring to practice in the profession and be designated as a qualified expert. This allows an initial trustworthy relationship between practitioner and consumer. At least until after your first hair cut.

Skilled trade profession of Cosmetology requires their practitioners “beauticians and barbers” to earn, hold, and have enforce: professional education by accredited schools, training by authorized practitioner-mentors, standards, ethics, best practices developed by industry practitioners, credentials of competency developed and specific to the profession, continuing education by authorized and accredited bodies, and business licensing. Status of “Professional” means basic proficiency to work, teach, write, speak, and provide pro bono services as a qualified expert “beautician or barber”.

Skilled Academic profession of Education requires their practitioners “educators and teachers” to earn, hold, and have enforce: professional education by accredited schools, training by authorized practitioner-mentors, standards, ethics, best practices developed by industry practitioners, credentials of competency developed and specific to the profession, continuing education by authorized and accredited bodies, and business licensing. Status of “Professional” means basic proficiency to work, teach, write, speak, and provide pro bono services as a qualified expert “teacher or educator”.

I hope APG will be at the forefront of the movement to professionalize Professional Genealogy Research Services in the norm of “qualified expert” for the practitioner called “professional genealogist”. This is in the best interests of the profession, the practitioner, future professional genealogists, the consumer, and the public domain family tree.

Submitted by Mary E. Petty, BA (History), BA (Genealogy)

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