Government Archives and Records Administration (GARA) Certificate Program

The GARA Certificate program was created to recognize government officials' achievements in obtaining a knowledge base in Government Archives and Records Management. The certificate recognizes the completion of 40 Study Hours of approved archives and records management subjects, or “competencies,” within a 5-year period. The certificate does not expire.

About the GARA Program

Download the GARA Certificate Information PDF

Certificate Program Objectives

  • To enhance the professional development of government records caretakers so that they may better manage the records that document the activities of government and protect the legal rights of citizens.
  • To offer career development goals for participants in a subject area that is critical to their profession.
  • To foster professional networking among NAGARA and federal, state, regional, and county local government associations, and between individual records caretakers and their State Archives.

Is the GARA Certificate a Certification, like the CRM or CA?

The GARA Certificate does not result in a certification such as the CRM designation as established by the Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) or the CA designation as established by the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA). The GARA Certificate does recognize that an individual has obtained a base of knowledge to help them perform more effectively in certain workplace environments, and NAGARA encourages certificate recipients to build upon that foundation with continued personal and professional growth in government archives and records management subject areas.

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Questions? Please contact NAGARA at [email protected]. Thank you for your interest in the GARA Certificate!

GARA Certificate Recipients

2023

NameJob TitleOrganization
Mr. Eric-John Szczepaniak, MMC  
Ms. Ellie ByromGrant Writer/Records OfficerPort of Galveston, TX
Ms. Patricia L. DenningRecords Program SpecialistSalt Lake City Public Utilities

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If you received your certificate after January 2015 and wish to receive a reprinted certificate, please e-mail [email protected] and a replacement will be sent at no cost. If you received your certificate before 2015 and wish to receive a reprinted certificate, please send a picture/PDF copy of your certificate to [email protected] and a replacement will be sent at no cost.

Appendix A

Examples of training topics for each of the 9 Competency Areas are listed below. Qualifying NAGARA webinars are worth one (1) study hour each, and each webinar lists which core competency is applicable.
Note: You must be logged in to your NAGARA profile for the list of qualifying webinars to appear

Comp 1: Records and Information Management Basics

  • Introduction to RIM (value, purpose, function, records lifecycle, records management)
  • Needs assessment
  • Strategic planning/setting RIM goals and objectives
  • Records Inventory
  • Work processes/workflow

Qualifying NAGARA Webinars

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