EGA offers five certification programs:

  • Teacher Certification
  • Certified Teacher Graduate
  • Certified Needlework Appraiser Program
  • Certified Needlework Judge
  • Master Needlework Judge Program
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       If you have questions about any of EGA's certification programs, please contact EGA Headquarters.

Teacher Certification Program

The teacher certification examination certifies teachers in various areas of needlework for EGA. The program sets high standards for excellence in design, technique, and knowledge of the field. Throughout the examination, candidates are evaluated on their abilities to communicate information and promote creativity.

Before becoming a candidate, the applicant must go through a screening process. The screening requirements include a resume, letters of reference, classes in design and color, and answers to a questionnaire. The applicant is urged to have at least sixty hours of teaching experience.

The Teacher Certification Examination, which must be completed in two years, is comprised of five parts:

  1. Color and design
  2. Techniques
  3. Essay questions on selected needlework topics
  4. Teaching proposals, lesson plans, and resume
  5. A classroom evaluation of the candidate in an actual teaching situation

Upon request, candidates will be assigned a mentor who is not an evaluator.

Certificates are offered in beading, blackwork, canvas, contemporary embroidery, counted thread, crewel and surface embroidery, fine hand sewing, pulled thread, quiltmaking, raised and padded embroidery, silk and metal thread, smocking, and whitework.

After passing the examination, those interested in certification in additional techniques are required to repeat parts 2 through 5 in a one-year time period for each area of interest.

Fee: Cost of the examination, including screening, is $225 for the first technique and $100 for each subsequent technique. Successful candidates will receive a pin at the time of completion of the first technique.

Enrollment: Prospective candidates should send a $10 fee to EGA Headquarters to receive the screening requirements. The balance of the program fee is due upon acceptance into the program. Candidates may enroll in only one EGA certification program at a time.

Certified Teacher Graduate Program

This program has been designed to help and encourage certified teachers to evaluate their professional careers, expand their knowledge of embroidery, and develop their skills in critical thinking. Graduates of the program are known as Graduate Teachers.

To fulfill the requirements of this program, the candidate must complete assignments in the five categories listed below within a five year period.

  1. Exhibition of original work
  2. Attendance at enrichment classes
  3. Research and publications
  4. Teaching
  5. Service to local community and/or EGA or other needlework organizations

Fees: The cost of the program is $200. A pin is awarded after successful completion of the program.

Enrollment: The program is open to EGA Certified Teachers and those who hold teaching credentials from other ICNA organizations.

Certified Needlework Appraiser Program

This program has been established to train individuals to appraise embroidery and needlework and conclude value from a monetary perspective. The Certified Needlework Appraisers Program is a combination of EGA-provided instruction and self-directed study that includes exercises in needlework observation, research, and a formal apprenticeship in appraisal writing. Each candidate must attend an EGA-sponsored class in appraising needlework. This four-day class will provide instruction the different types of appraisals and markets, concluding value of different forms of needlework, and writing an appraisal report.

In addition to the class in appraising, each certification candidate will be required to attend an EGA class in judging, review books, write a research paper, complete an apprenticeship in appraisal writing, and pass a final exam.

Fees: The cost of the program is $375 for EGA members and $450 for non-members. After completion of the program, a pin will be awarded and the appraiser's name will be listed on the EGA website. The cost of the program does not include course fees or the course texts.

Enrollment: Candidates may enroll in the program after completion of the four-day course.

Certified Needlework Judges Program

The Certified Needlework Judges Program (CNJ) guides and assists prospective judges in developing and refining their ability to evaluate needlework. CNJ apprentices learn standards of excellence in color, design, techniques, materials, and finishing, and they learn the ethical standards of judging exemplified by our certified needlework judges. They do practice and actual judging, exhibit their own work, pass a series of written examinations, and meet with members of the CNJ committee for an exit interview. The program, designed to be completed within two years from the date of enrollment, requires attendance at two CNJ-sponsored classes, one of which must be a two day class.

Enrollment: Prospective candidates should send a $10.00 screening fee to EGA headquarters. The application is sent to the chairman of the program. The balance of the fee is due upon acceptance into the program.


Fee: The cost of the program, including screening is $250.00 and is sent to EGA headquarters. The fee includes pin, received upon completion of the program.

Master Needlework Judges Program

Certified Needlework Judges may enter the Master Needlework Judges program (MNJ), a five-year course of judging, exhibiting, and study is open to all individuals who have completed a basic certified judging program from any needlework organization. MNJ candidates study needlework techniuqes, design, color, judging procedures, and methods for planning and presenting exhibits. The program is designed to build on the basic knowledge accrued while working on the Certified Needlework Judges program and to refine the knowledge and ability of our judges.

Enrollment: The program is open to all certified needlework judges from any organization. 


Fee: The cost of the program is $200 and is sent to EGA headquarters upon acceptance into the program. The fee includes the cost of a pin, received upon completion of the program.

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