n. (abbr. CA)an individual who has been credentialed by the Academy of Certified Archivists and meets its requirements for education, experience, and knowledgeDearstyne 2000, 4Certified Archivists renew their certification periodically, a process that requires submission and review of evidence of their program responsibilities, professional work, publications, and other indicators that they are maintaining current knowledge of issues, needs, and professional developments in the field.Linn 2015, 118A graduate degree has been required to become a certified archivist since 2005. Consequently, it is not surprising that certified archivists are very well educated and that the percentage of CAs with a graduate degree has gone up over time.Academy of Certified Archivists 2019The Academy of Certified Archivists, founded in 1989 at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, is an independent, nonprofit certifying organization of professional archivists. Individual members qualify for certification by meeting a series of defined professional standards. They have either passed the examination for Certified Archivist, first offered in September 1989, or have qualified by petition for Certified Archivist. The petition program was closed in September 1989. ¶ Today, archivists can become certified only by meeting educational and experience requirements and passing the Archival Certification Examination.