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.
An Important Message About Changes to the NCGR-PAA
As of February 1, 2011, NCGR-PAA will no longer be a membership organization. As many of you know, the NCGR Professional Astrologers' Alliance was created in response to an IRS audit of NCGR. At that time, the IRS suggested that if NCGR wanted to maintain its non-profit charitable organization status that we needed to make certain changes to our certification process and the way we marketed our certified astrologers. Our attorney advised us to set up a separate organization, the NCGR-PAA, which is a non profit trade association and, as such, can test, certify and promote its members.
We did this in 2008 and in the past two years have struggled to find our identity beyond certification, testing and promotion. While we had many plans on how PAA might benefit both its members and the astrological community (lobbying, speaker's bureau, etc), it has been difficult to put those plans in place. In all organizations and especially ours, there seems to be a lack of volunteers and a lack of energy and enthusiasm. That being said, our Board began to rethink our role as an organization. What benefits were we offering members? Is there a better way to accomplish our certification goals?
After another check with our attorney, we were told that the PAA need not be a member organization. In other words, we do not need to collect dues and have members in order to test, certify and promote our astrologers. Therefore, beginning February 1, 2011, we will cease to be a member organization. Instead, we will collect monies from testing fees as well as any fees that we may charge to have a full listing at our website. We will also derive income from the sale of study guides and from online and in-person lectures and workshops that we may offer.
Those of you whose memberships extend beyond February 1 will have a full listing at the website until such time as your membership would have expired. The annual fee for a full listing at the website is $45, which is what we had been charging for dues. If you do not pay for a full listing and you are certified at NCGR-PAA Level IV, you will continue to have your name listed on our certified astrologer page as before.
We encourage you to keep your website listing current and, in turn, we will be doing our best to promote our website as the one to go to if you are looking for a competent professional.
Your Path to Certification
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.