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What programs are eligible for certification?

Any for-credit, pre-college guitar program that is offered by a public or private school in the United States is eligible.


How does a program become certified?

A program becomes certified after providing evidence that the program meets the GFA Certification Standards through completing the certification application and submission of the application fee ($100).The applying Director must be an active GFA member.


What are GFA Certification Standards?

See GFA Certification Standards


What type of program are we looking for?

Successful programs should include varied styles within their curriculum. To meet certification, a standard of classical guitar foundation is required, demonstrated in the application.


How long does a certification last?

3 years. Every third year an updated application is required along with an application fee.


What will the program receive with an award of certification?

  1. The program will be added to a public list of certified schools maintained on the GFA website.

  2. Program Director will be invited to various leadership opportunities sponsored by the GFA.


If your application is not awarded certification:


GFA Certification is not guaranteed to any applicant. If certification is not granted, applicants will be offered guidance and recommendations to reach certification in the future. Pending missing criteria, temporary certification will be offered, or an invitation to re-apply after recommendations have been met.


What are the conditions for being granted temporary certification?

GFA has determined that certification can be met within one calendar year from the date of the temporary certification award with guidance from the GFA Education Director. 




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