NCGR has created a separate Professional Astrologers' Alliance (PAA), a 501(c)(6) trade association which emphasizes the business and professional aspects of astrological practice.
The NCGR-PAA offers a Curriculum and Certification Program that is divided into four progressive levels. The first three levels require testing supervised by NCGR-PAA teachers and exam monitors. Part of the third level and all of the fourth level are take-home tests. Questions regarding professional ethics are covered for all levels, becoming more comprehensive as the student progresses.
All the required material for each level of proficiency is covered in the NCGR-PAA Education Curriculum and Study Guide for Certification Testing. The NCGR-PAA curriculum is taught by many qualified teachers throughout the astrological community.
Testing is available at specified astrological conferences, and can be arranged through contacting NCGR-PAA's Education Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. For testing in the San Francisco Bay Area contact NCGR-SF's Education Director, Cathy Coleman, at email@example.com.