The American Guild of Organists was chartered in 1896 by the Board of Regents, University of the State of New York, to administer a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification. The education and certification of organists remains a primary purpose for the Guild. Through the Professional Certification Committee the Guild offers the following certificates:
Service Playing Certificate (SPC)
Choir Master (ChM)
The exams for some certificates may be taken through the local chapter. Advanced exams may be taken at designated test centers throughout the region.
The AGO Headquarters website contains tremendous resources for exam preparation, such as video demonstrations, educational materials, and detailed information about the exams themselves. Visit the AGO Headquarters website to download these materials as well as exam schedules and registration forms.