You now know that my portfolio passed the Board for Certification of Genealogists but what most of you don’t know is this was my second attempt. I submitted my first portfolio in 2012 and it failed. It took me four years to get up the courage to go through the process again.
In 2012 I was confident that I would pass, too confident. That confidence was my downfall. When I received the judges’ comments I was mad, dejected, and embarrassed all rolled into one. It took some time for me to stop feeling sorry for myself. The judges had been right, I wasn’t ready for certification.
From 2012 to 2016 I took advantage of every learning opportunity I could and I made sure that I stayed up to date with current events within the genealogy community. After four years I finally had the courage to go through the process again. For those of you that don’t know, the process can take up to a year (longer if you ask for an extension) and then you wait for up to six months for your results. I wasn’t looking forward to that part of it. Also, on a second attempt you are not allowed to use your previous work. You have to start over completely from scratch.
I am looking forward to seeing the judges’ comments. I should be receiving them this week. I will be evaluating my weaknesses and creating an educational plan to address them. Even though I won’t be recertifying for five years you can bet I am already working on it.
Tomorrow I will post my best advice for those of you that are thinking about certification or are already “on the clock.”