From my perspective, those institutions offering formal training in genealogical research are not at all aggressive in attracting participants from either the online community at large or the much smaller genealogical community. The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is one of those institutions. The Institute offers fee-based courses in a wide variety of subjects from qualified and fully competent instructors. Here is a description of the Institute from their website:
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies was established to assist all genealogists---from family historians to practicing professionals---by providing studies in a variety of genealogical topics. Education provides an important role in raising levels of personal and visible growth and in the certification or accreditation of genealogists.There is very little formal genealogical training online and during the next few weeks, I will be highlighting where it can be found.
With this in mind, a group of professional genealogists came together to create courses and programs conforming to recognized genealogical standards, with several objectives:
- To assist the family historian research and record information regarding their ancestors in a responsible and professional manner.
- To help the serious amateur genealogist gain the skills required to apply for certification or accreditation.
- To help the professional genealogist develop a part-time or full-time career in our chosen field.