Statement of Purpose

The mission of the NCGR-Professional Astrologers' Alliance is to serve as a trade association to promote the common interests of astrologers and to improve the status of the profession of astrology primarily through the implementation of a certification program, the promotion of high ethical standards in the practice of astrology, as well as any other matters relevant to the professional astrologer.


NCGR-PAA Certification Tests

Revised tests for Levels I through IV have been operative since September 1, 2005. With the revisions, the Level III take-home tests are now graded separately. That is, a candidate must first take the proctored Level III exam; after completing that exam with a passing grade, the candidate can then apply for the take-home exam. The take-home exam will not be administered unless and until the candidate successfully completes the proctored Level III exam.

Another change with the 2005 revisions has to do with the math segments of Levels I and II. If a candidate does not successfully pass the math segment of either of these two tests, he or she must take the entire Level I or Level II test over again in order to pass. There is no longer a separate re-take exam for math only.

Current fees for each level of testing are as follows:

Level I (Proctored Exam) $60.00
NCGR Members
$ 115.00
Level II (Proctored Exam) $ 70.00
NCGR Members
$ 125.00
Level III (Proctored Exam) $ 80.00
NCGR Members
$ 135.00
Level III (Take-Home Exam) $ 90.00
NCGR Members
$ 145.00
Level IV (Rectification) $ 105.00
NCGR Members
$ 160.00
Level IV (Consulting; Technical Research;
General Studies Research; or Instruction)
$ 165.00
NCGR Members
$ 330.00

The Study Guide is an essential adjunct for preparing for NCGR-PAA testing, since it covers the entire curriculum of studies for certification testing. It is modestly priced at $20.00 plus shipping & handling and is available through this link. Among some of the changes instituted with the 2005 revised tests have been new material on classical astrology in Levels I and II. Vedic, Chinese, and Mesoamerican astrology have also been included in the Level III proctored exam.

The take-home exam for Level III still requires the in-depth mundane essay but it also requires an exercise in electional astrology as follows: electing the best times for four specific events from a given natal chart (instead of the previous requirement of calculating and analyzing a solar return chart). Questions on solar and lunar returns analysis are now covered in the Level III proctored exam. Although an essay on professional ethics is included in the other required material for the Level IV Consultation Track, questions on ethics are also interspersed throughout all three levels of the proctored exams.


Your Path to Certification

NCGR-PAA's Curriculum & Study Guide 2015

Our newly updated Study Guide for 2015 encompasses all four levels of NCGR-PAA's Certification Program. It includes new material on traditional, Hellenic, Vedic, Chinese and Mesoamerican schools of astrology.

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Equivalency Program

Guidelines for Schools in NCGR-PAA's Equivalency Program

As part of NCGR-PAA's equivalency requirements, all schools and organizations included in our program have submitted documentation on their overall curriculum, specific courses of study, number of instructors, students enrolled, and other pertinent information.

We are pleased to list below those distinguished schools and organizations currently included in our Equivalency Program.

A detailed explanation of our equivalency standards and how we implement them can be found here.

Equivalency Members

The American Federation of Astrologers:
With proof of AFA's Professional certification, an applicant may apply directly for NCGR-PAA's Level III testing.

The Avalon School of Astrology:
With proof of graduation from Avalon, an applicant may apply directly for NCGR-PAA's Level IV testing.

Kepler College Of Astrological Arts & Sciences:
With proof of completion of Kepler's Certificate Program (including courses M101 and M201 - Chart Mechanics), an applicant may apply directly for NCGR-PAA's Level IV testing.

International Academy of Astrology (formerly Online College of Astrology):
With proof of a Professional Training Diploma, an applicant may apply directly for NCGR-PAA's Level IV testing.