The Education page of the AGO National website contains information on how to go about preparing for and taking the Professional Certification Exams. Click on the link above, then click on “Certification Chart” on the national website menu to view the requirements for each level. The exam schedule for 2011 appears below.

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. Through the Professional Certification Committee the Guild offers the following certificates:

Service Playing Certificate (SPC)
Colleague (CAGO)
Choir Master (ChM)
Associateship (AAGO)
Fellowship (FAGO)

To obtain detailed requirements for each examination, please visit National Headquarters Certification web page for excellent information.

Performance Competitions

The AGO sponsors the following competitions. Please click through for further information:

National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance
Regional Competitions for Young Organists
RCYO Rules and locations
National Competition in Organ Improvisation