Professional Certification Requirements for 2014

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AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS

CHAPTERS IN EVERY STATE

Chartered 1896 by the Board of Regents, University of the State of New York

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115; phone 212-870-2310; www.agohq.org

Please check the AGO website and later issues of TAO for certification updates throughout the year.

EXAMINATION DATES

SERVICE PLAYING CERTIFICATE TEST: October 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014.

COLLEAGUE EXAMINATION: November 15, 2013, and May 19, 2014; November 14, 2014.

CHOIR MASTER EXAMINATION: May 28, 2014 (morning and afternoon).

ASSOCIATESHIP EXAMINATION: May 29 and 30, 2014 (paperwork section both mornings; organ playing one of the afternoons).

FELLOWSHIP EXAMINATION: May 29 and 30, 2014 (paperwork section both mornings; organ playing one of the afternoons).

Notes: May 29 is Ascension Day. ChM, AAGO, and FAGO dates are in May due to the Boston Convention dates.

ELIGIBILITY

In compliance with the status of the AGO as a not-for-profit educational organization, the examinations are open to AGO members and nonmembers. Nonmembers will pay a surcharge. The Associate, Choir Master, Colleague, and Service Playing examinations may be taken in any order. The Associateship certificate, however, must be acquired at least one year before the Fellowship Examination may be taken. Holders of the ARCO or ARCCO certificates are considered eligible to take the FAGO Examination, provided that applicants send a copy of the ARCO or ARCCO certificate with the completed application form.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Service Playing Certifícate Test

Contact National Headquarters for application forms and a manual of procedure after July 1, 2013. The completed application may be submitted between September 1, 2013, and March 1, 2014. Tests may be taken at any chapter where a suitable organ and recording equipment are available, since the tests are recorded and the recordings are sent to National Headquarters for evaluation.

Colleague Examination

Contact National Headquarters for application forms and a manual of procedure - after July 1, 2013, for the November 2013 exam; after December 1, 2013, for the May 2014 exam; and after July 1, 2014, for the November 2014 exam. The completed application must be submitted by September 15, 2013, for the November 2013 exam; by March 1, 2014, for the May 2014 exam; and by September 15, 2014, for the November 2014 exam. Both sections of this examination (repertoire and keyboard skills) may be taken on the same date, or each section may be taken singly. Exams may be taken at any chapter where a suitable organ (not normally played by the candidate) and recording equipment are available, since the exams are recorded and the recordings are sent to National Headquarters for evaluation.

Choir Master, Associateship, and Fellowship Examinations

Contact National Headquarters after January 1, 2014, for application forms and a manual of procedure. The completed application must be submitted by April 1. Both sections of these examinations (paperwork and performance) may be taken in the same year, or each section may be taken singly. If only the paperwork section is to be taken, the examination may take place at any chapter, since the papers are sent to National Headquarters for evaluation. But if the performance tests, or both sections, are to be taken, the examination must take place at one of the designated regional examination centers, since two examiners must be present for the performance tests. A list of these examination centers will be sent with your application forms. The candidate may choose the center that is most convenient.

AGOINPM Joint Certification

Candidates who are members in good standing of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians may obtain Service Playing or Colleague certification in both organizations by earning a passing grade on these examinations, and, for the Colleague only, passing a written test administered by NPM. …