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.

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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.  Those distinguished schools and organizations currently included in our Equivalency Program are listed on our main Certification page.

How Schools or Other Educational Programs Qualify for NCGR-PAA Equivalency

NCGR-PAA’s equivalency program allows students to enter our four-level certification program at a higher level than if they were entering the program with no previous study. Specific coursework or certification at a qualified school may allow the student to test as high as Level IV in NCGR-PAA’s program.

Following are the requirements for schools and other organizations to apply for equivalency in our certification program.
  1. School needs to be officially in existence for at least five years.
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  3. School should have at least one graduating class.
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  5. School should be a stand-alone school; that is, not strictly conform only to the NCGR-PAA curriculum, but have its own separate identity and curriculum.
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  7. School should have a faculty of at least three teachers.
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  9. School should have a program that spans at least two years. A series of workshops, seminars, lectures, etc. do not make a school. There should be some kind of comprehensive program of a continuous nature.
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  11. There should be a review of an equivalency-granted school by the Education Director plus a chosen representative from the NCGR-PAA Board or the Board of Examiners after a ten-year period from acceptance for equivalency. A school's equivalency will remain in force for as long as there is good will and cooperation shown between NCGR-PAA and the school.
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  13. The granting of equivalency for a school should be decided by the Education Director in cooperation with the Chair and then voted final approval by the NCGR-PAA Board.
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  15. Some outside criteria should be established for equivalency, such as APAI acceptance, state licensing, longevity and continuity of a school over a reasonable period of time, and other such considerations. These requirements are over and above the criteria we now have in place as guidelines for equivalency, which are essentially a review of a school's curriculum of studies, and a determination by the Education Director as to how rigorous these studies are. This entails a complete review of course topics covered within a school program, plus proof that an applicant has successfully tested on those topics (by way of transcripts or other such documentation). There should be some general conformity with NCGR-PAA's curriculum, as outlined in our Study Guide, in order to determine which NCGR-PAA Level can be exempted. An applying school would not automatically be exempted from our Levels I, II, and III, but may be exempted from any one of these from Level I up. However, no school can be exempted from our Level IV exams.
 
Shirley Soffer, C.A., NCGR-PAA
Director of Education
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NCGR-PAA Education Curriculum and Study Guide

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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.