Education and Resources
Certification Review Course

No live review courses are currently scheduled. Click here for information about recorded Review Courses.

Certification exams for the National Certified Guardian and National Master Guardian designation are administered and conducted by the Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC). The CGC also administers state specific certification/licensing exams in California, Florida, Texas and Oregon.

The National Guardianship Association (NGA) offers a Review Course to help you prepare for the examination to become a National Certified Guardian. The course is presented in a webinar seminar format offering the opportunity to participate in a study program for the national certification exam right at your own location using a computer and a toll free phone number. Each of the four hour-long modules is focused on a defined topic so participants can register for all four sessions or only those where brush-up training is desired. The overall course is an in-depth review of the NGA National Study Guide and is taught by Approved Educators from NGA. The course is not intended to cover state-specific portions of examinations in California, Florida or Texas.

The review course is approved for pre-test education hours by the Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC), but it is not acceptable for recertification hours. The Review Course is also acceptable for pre-test requirements by any other state that accepts CGC approval or lists NGA as an Approved Provider.

The Washington Guardianship Office of the Courts has approved the Review Course for 3.0 hours (must register for the full series and attend the live sessions to receive credit; recordings are not accepted). Florida has approved the course for 4.0 hours (must attend live; recordings are not accepted). Certificate fees apply; see page 3 for details.

Recordings of webinars are accepted by the CGC, however those who are looking for state-specific accreditation in states not listed much check with their state to see if code-verified recordings are acceptable prior to missing a live session.

Module One: Universal Roles of the Guardian – Summarizing the guardianship process, explaining the main roles of a guardian, outlining the model code of ethics for guardians, etc.

Module Two: Guardian of the Person – Covering the initial duties of guardian of the person, discussing confidentiality issues, addressing rights of the person under guardianship, etc.

Module Three: Guardian of the Estate – Defining the prudent investor rule, identifying situations that pose a conflict of interest, discussing the process of developing a financial plan and budget, etc.

Module Four: Decision Making – Explaining the informed consent principle, evaluating withholding or withdrawal of medical care in end-of-life situations, etc.

All four modules of the Review Course with no Study Guide: Members $120; Non-Members $170
All four modules of the Review Course with Study Guide: Members $170; Non-Members $245
Individual Modules of the Review Course with no Study Guide: Members $30; Non-Members $55

Rates are the same for the live and recorded Review Course webinars. Discounted rates apply only to current NGA members. Membership in a state association does not qualify for NGA member rate and only the primary contact for an organizational membership qualifies.

If you want to prepare for the exam without taking a Review Course or if you plan to register for a Course at a later time, use the Study Materials Order Form to make your purchase of a study guide without registering for the course. We no longer offer the Study Guide for Florida. So: A state-specific study guide is also available for California. NGA does not offer a state-specific study guide for any other state.

Guardians from any state are invited to demonstrate a commitment to quality guardianship by taking the examination to become a National Certified Guardian. The certification program has been developed to measure understanding of guardianship practices in the context of the National Guardianship Association’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Join a thousand guardians nationwide who are proud to say they have passed the examination and now hold the nationally recognized professional credential of NCG – National Certified Guardian.

Signing up for the review course or ordering study materials does not automatically register you to take the exam. For information on the exam, contact the Center for Guardianship Certification by calling 717-238-4689 or obtain the exam registration form at

The exams are conducted by the Center for Guardianship Certification and study options are offered by NGA, two entirely different organizations. Therefore, registering for an exam and a course is a two-step process and payment must be made separately to each organization. Registering for the course or ordering study materials does not automatically register you for the exam and vice versa.

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