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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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

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