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The Challenge of Certification
The AHAF Certification Program The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation is dedicated to advancing the handwriting sciences and gives recognition to those who foster research, increase knowledge in the field, and prove to be exemplary handwriting analysts. To that end, we offer two tiers of certification: Certified Graphologist and Certified Master Graphologist.
The designation “Certified Graphologist” (CG) is for the serious student interested in advancing to a professional level in the field. Applicants must meet minimum educational requirements, which are: at least 12 units of college studies, which include courses in psychology, and two years of independent study in the handwriting sciences or with a recognized course or instructor.*
Our certification examinations are not an “easy pass.” They consist of a rigorous two-part process. Part One is comprised of essay, multiple choice, and true/false questions that require intensive research and experience. The questions are intended to test the ability of the analyst to synthesize graphological theories with psychological concepts applied to real-life situations.
Both parts of the examination require in-depth analysis dealing with a variety of issues such as life guidance, personnel selection, compatibility, child guidance and vocational assessment, and test the skills of the analyst to write comprehensive, professional reports about the writers based on the findings.
Part One must be completed within 60 days and Part Two within 90 days (an extension may be granted at the discretion of the Certification Chair). The applicant must have received a passing grade on Part One before applying for Part Two.
Part Two consists of three in-depth analyses, including handwriting samples of two individuals and a compatibility analysis between them.
Each exam is graded and critiqued by a panel of AHAF-certified judges who are required to score and return the test within six weeks. The tests are judged blind, without judges knowing whose test they are scoring, to allow an unbiased assessment. Several members of the panel scores applicants on accuracy of interpretation (using a scoring rubric), quality of reports in terms of professional presentation, justification of findings, diplomacy, and meeting the objectives of the “client.”
The designation “Certified Master Graphologist” (CMG) is reserved for certified members who have made a significant contribution to the handwriting sciences. To attain this level the member must have earned at a minimum a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, have published peer-reviewed research, thesis, dissertation or other scholarly work, and have at least ten years experience in the handwriting sciences.
For a limited time (until 12/31/13), AHAF is offering grandfathering to those members who have been certified by certain other organizations such as AAHA, NSG, IGAS, ASPG, BIG, who have been practicing professionally for at least ten years, and who have shown their dedication to the field.
Becoming professionally certified by AHAF is a process which ensures the public that our certified members are competent representatives of the handwriting sciences and of our organization. To maintain certification, members must meet continuing education requirements and renew their certified status every five years. All members are governed by AHAF’s Code of Ethics. Current membership in AHAF is required to maintain certification.
*Although some of our members have approved courses listed on our site, AHAF does not sponsor any particular course of study nor method. Therefore what constitutes a “recognized” course or instructor is determined on a case-by-case basis.
For more information about becoming AHAF certified contact Education Chairperson Linda Green: firstname.lastname@example.org
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