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The Challenge Of Certification

The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation is dedicated to the advancement handwriting analysis and recognition of those who foster research, increase knowledge in the field, and who prove to be exemplary handwriting analysts. The designation “Certified Handwriting Analyst,” CHA (formerly CG) is for the serious student interested in advancing to a professional level in the field.

Applicants are expected to meet minimum levels of education and experience. These may include:

  • Twelve units of college studies, including courses in psychology
  • Two years of independent study in handwriting analysis with a recognized course or instructor. Each applicant’s prior studies and experience will be evaluated as part of the application process.

AHAF’s 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 analyses dealing with issues such as life guidance, personnel selection, compatibility, and vocational assessment. The applicant is expected to write comprehensive, professional reports about the writers based on their findings.

Part One is to be completed within 60 days of receipt of the Part One Exam.  Part Two is to be completed within 90 days of the Part Two Exam. 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 by AHAF-certified judges who score and return the test within six weeks. The tests are judged blind (judges do not know whose test they are scoring) to allow for an unbiased assessment. 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.”

AHAF certification informs the public that our certified members are competent representatives of handwriting analysis and of our organization. To maintain certification, AHAF CHA’s must remain members in good standing (having paid “Professional” level dues each calendar year), and must meet continuing education requirements annually and maintain membership. All members are governed by AHAF’s Code of Ethics.

Note: although some of our members either teach or are affiliated with recognized courses listed on our website, AHAF does not sponsor any specific course of study or method. Therefore, what constitutes an “accepted” course or instructor is determined on a case-by-case basis.

For more information about becoming AHAF-certified please email

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