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The Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC) was initially created as the National Guardianship Foundation (NGF) as an allied foundation of the National Guardianship Association (NGA) to enhance the quality of guardianship services through national certification. The organization was officially incorporated in November 1997. Known originally as the National Guardianship Foundation, in July, 2007, the foundation changed its name to the CGC to further distinguish CGC from the NGA, reflecting the desire from the beginning that the two organizations, while allied, provide different services. CGC is recognized for its stewardship of the national certification process, being responsible for exam content, scheduling and oversight of the exams, maintaining the de-certification process and providing leadership in every area of certification.

CGC views certification not as the end, but as a means to demonstrate to the public, clients, and the courts that the CGC certified guardian has sufficient skill, knowledge and understanding of the 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.

As of October 1, 2017, CGC has grown to have 1,328 National Certified Guardians and 57 National Master Guardians across the nation. In addition, CGC has state-specific testing in California. CGC continues to hold discussions in an effort to partner with other states in further elevating the guardianship profession. For more information, please .