astrolabe-mary-gowNCGR 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 education@astrologersalliance.org. For testing in the San Francisco Bay Area contact NCGR-SF’s Education Director, Cathy Coleman, at educationdir@ncgrsanfrancisco.org.

Level 1

Level I provides the foundation for an understanding of Western astrology. In order to pass a proficiency examination at this level the student must comprehend the building blocks of astrology: signs, planets, houses, personal points, major aspects and their configurations, hemisphere and quadrant emphases, and other fundamentals. Students are expected to be able to calculate …

Level 2

Level II reviews natal delineation and introduces various techniques, among them the dynamic elements of transits, progressions, and solar arc directions. Also covered are minor aspects, lunar phases, derived houses, asteroids, and fixed stars. Calculations required for this level include progressions, solar arc directions, antiscia, declinations, the vertex, and the equatorial ascendant. An understanding of …

Level 3

Level III includes having basic knowledge of Mayan, Chinese, and Vedic astrology, as well as the history of Western astrology. Uranian astrology is also covered on this level, where the student must master the 90 degree and 360 degree dials, as well as have a thorough understanding of planetary pictures, midpoints, antiscia, and Arabic parts. …

Level 4

Level IV includes an extensive rectification essay, which incorporates several advanced techniques. Once the rectification exercise is passed, the student may specialize in one or more of the following areas: consulting, technical research, general studies, and instruction, each with its own special requirements. The Four “Majors” of Level IV Consulting Astrologer Technical Research General Studies …