The Challenge of Certification

The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation is dedicated to advancing the handwriting sciences and gives recognition to those who foster research, increase knowledge in the field, and who prove to be exemplary handwriting analysts. The designation “Certified Graphologist” (CG) is for the serious student interested in advancing to a professional level in the field. Applicants must meet minimum educational requirements:

12 units of college studies, which include courses in psychology, and two years of independent study in the handwriting sciences or with a recognized course or instructor.

These certification examinations are not an “easy pass.” They consist of a rigorous two-part process. Part One is comprised of essay, multiple choice, and true/false questions that require intensive research and experience. The questions are intended to test the ability of the analyst to synthesize graphological theories with psychological concepts applied to real-life situations.

Part Two requires in-depth analysis dealing with issues such as life guidance, personnel selection, compatibility, child guidance and vocational assessment. The analyst is required to write comprehensive, professional reports about the writers based on their findings.

Part One must be completed within 60 days and Part Two within 90 days (an extension may be granted at the discretion of the Certification Chair). The applicant must have received a passing grade on Part One before applying for Part Two.

Each exam is graded and critiqued by a panel of AHAF-certified judges who are required to score and return the test within six weeks. The tests are judged blind (judges do not know know whose test they are scoring) to allow an unbiased assessment. Several members of the panel score applicants on accuracy of interpretation (using a scoring rubric), quality of reports in terms of professional presentation, justification of findings, diplomacy, and meeting the objectives of the “client.”

Becoming professionally certified by AHAF is a process to ensure the public that our certified members are competent representatives of the handwriting sciences and of our organization. To maintain certification, members must meet continuing education requirements and renew their certified status every five years. All members are governed by AHAF’s Code of Ethics. Current membership in AHAF is required to maintain certification.

Note: although some of our members have approved courses listed on our site, AHAF does not sponsor any specific course of study or method. Therefore what constitutes a “recognized” course or instructor is determined on a case-by-case basis.

For more information about becoming AHAF-certified contact Certification Chairperson Ralph Zackheim:

To apply now for certification click here