Certification Policy and Process

The Association has offered training and certification to the Inspector General community since 1999. The Inspector General Institute® certification program, is dedicated to providing review of and training in best practices, in core competency areas that the Association has identified as being essential to the performance of the work of offices of inspectors general.  Those who meet education and experience eligibility requirements; successfully complete the Institute certification program; and pass the exit examination will earn the designation of: Certified Inspector General ®, Certified Inspector General Auditor ®, or Certified Inspector General Investigator ® , or Certified Inspector General Inspector/Evaluator®. For those who qualify, it is possible to earn more than one certification from the Association.

Instructional Method and Faculty

This Institute program utilizes the group-live instructional method. All materials that you will need to participate in classroom discussion will be provided, and there is no required pre-course preparation. However, it is recommended that attendees review the “Green Book” – Principles and Standards for Offices of Inspectors General, which is available on our website or by clicking here .

Instructors include current or former inspectors general, senior IG staff along with experts in investigative, forensic and related disciplines. The five-day Institute will include lectures, case analysis and didactic training to teach and enhance the skills expected of the professional Inspector General.

Expect to interact with instructors and fellow attendees during and after class and throughout the one-week program. The opportunity to meet informally and share “war stories” with fellow inspectors general will be a valuable part of this training.

Participants may also be expected to read case material and present their own redacted case facts for discussion.

Attendance at All Sessions is Mandatory

If a registrant fails to attend all sessions, Certified Inspector General® or certification will be withheld and no attendance certificate will be awarded. Attendance will be determined by the signature on the periodically circulated attendance roster. No exceptions to this policy will be permitted.

Exit Examination

Participants attending all sessions of the Institute will qualify to take the exit examination. A passing grade is required for certification. The examination begins in the afternoon of the last day of class, and are usually completed by 2 PM.

Role of the Professional Certification Board

The Professional Certification Board of the Association of Inspectors General (consisting of members of the Board of Directors) is the final decision maker regarding interpretations of all rules and regulations pertaining to the Institute, pursuant to the Association’s policies and procedures as set forth in the AIG constitute, bylaws and policy manual. Questions for the Professional Certification Board pertaining to Institute policy and procedure should be directed to the interim Executive Director of the Association Michael Castrilli at mjcastrilli@inspectorsgeneral.org.

Participants should plan to arrive at 7:30 A.M. on Monday to register. Seminars are scheduled each day from 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. The exit examination is usually completed by 2:00 P.M. on Friday.



In the unlikely event of cancellation by the Association, the Association will endeavor to reschedule the Institute. In the event that a paid registered participant is unable to attend the rescheduled Institute, or the Institute is not rescheduled, the Association will refund the payment.


All registration fees (less a cancellation fee of $100) received by the Association are nonrefundable except in the case of cancellation as describe above. However, the Association may allow paid registrants who are unable to attend an Institute to apply the payment to future Institutes or Association conferences.