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While state laws vary regarding the requirements for a guardian to be appointed, Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC) certification sets a guardian apart from non-certified guardians as someone who has met nationally recognized requirements including a minimum level of knowledge and experience in guardianship services.
All CGC certified guardians:
- have sufficient skill, knowledge and understanding of universal guardianship principals
- are held to standards of practice – click here for the National Guardianship Association Code of Ethics
- meet nationally recognized requirements
- are the leaders in quality and trusted guardianship service
Minimum CGC guardian eligibility Standards:
- At least 21 years old
- No felony convictions or pled guilty or no contest to a felony
- Has not been civilly liable or has not been relieved of responsibilities as a guardian by a court, employer, or client for actions that involved fraud, misrepresentation, material omission, misappropriation, moral turpitude, theft, or conversion
- Is bonded in accordance with state statutes and local practice
- Has not been found liable in a subrogation action by an insurance or bonding agent
CGC guardian training/education requirements:
- High school graduate or possess the GED equivalent
- Have one year of relevant work experience related to guardianship or the following educational requirements: (1) a degree in a field related to guardianship, or (2) completion of a course curriculum specifically related to guardianship approved by the CGC
- Participate in at least 20 hours of continuing education and guardianship training every 2 years once certified by the CGC
CGC guardian examination requirements:
Pass a comprehensive test consisting of multiple choice questions related to best practices in guardianship, major categories of guardianship knowledge, also known as core competencies, as well as knowledge in the ethics, standards, duties and responsibilities of guardians, with a 75% minimum score.
CGC certification also provides a disciplinary process for the decertification of guardians if necessary.Â Reasons for disciplinary action may include:
- Failure to abide by the CGC Rules and Regulations
- Failure to meet the Minimum Standards for Certification established by the CGC
- Convicted or pled guilty or no contest to a felony
- Found civilly liable in an action that involved fraud, moral turpitude, misrepresentation, material omission, misappropriation, theft, or conversion.
- Relieved of responsibilities as a guardian or fiduciary by a court, employer, or client for actions involving fraud, misrepresentation, material omission, misappropriation, theft, or conversion.
- Not bonded in accordance with state statutes and local practice.
- Found liable in a subrogation action by an insurance or bonding agent.
- Failed to notify CGC of a violation of eligibility standards
- Violated the NGA Code of Ethics
- CGC may also discipline a National Certified Guardian, including by suspension or revocation of certification if: (a) the certificate was granted contrary to the Rules and Regulations of the CGC; or (b) the certificate was granted to an individual who is not eligible to acquire a certificate or who has made any false representations or misstatement of material fact to the CGC.
Because guardianship removes fundamental rights from an individual and gives significant authority to a guardian, the potential for harm through the use of unqualified guardians should not be taken lightly. The people guardians protect are some of the most vulnerable citizens in our society. The protection of these persons is enhanced by the use of CGC National Certified Guardians or CGC National Master Guardians.