National Guardianship Association, Inc.
174 Crestview Drive, Bellefonte, PA 16823-8516
Toll Free: 877-326-5992
About the Fundamentals Course

This series is geared toward people who are new to the field of guardianship. The series contains four one-hour modules, each taught by an approved educator. It is a basic course for people who want to learn the fundamentals of good guardianship.


Module One: Basics
The Basics module focuses on preliminary guardianship information, decisional capacity, incapacity, types of guardianships and guardianship process.

Module Two: Guardian of the Person
This module identifies the phases of guardianship, lists the initial duties of the guardian, describes the ongoing duties of the guardian, explains the importance of confidentiality and discusses guardianship transition.

Module Three: Guardian of the Estate
This module explains fundamental fiduciary principles, lists and explains the responsibilities and duties of the guardian of the estate, defines prudent investment principles and describes the possible indicators of exploitation. In addition, it will detail conflicts of interest and the termination of guardianship.

Module Four: Rights and Alternatives
This module discusses the rights of persons under guardianship, the importance of protecting and advocating for the persons' under guardianship rights, alternatives to guardianship and when they should and should not be used and alternative ways to handle issues related to finances or health.

Continuing Education Credits

Live Fundamentals Webinar
The Center for Guardianship Certification approves the series for 4 continuing education credits, one for each session attended.

Recorded Fundamentals Webinar
The Fundamentals course is approved for four education hours (one hour for each module completed) by the Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC). While recorded webinars are accepted by the CGC, those who are looking for state-specific or other accreditation must check with their state or accrediting body to see if code-verified recordings are acceptable prior to purchasing the series.

Webinar Rates
  • All four modules of the Fundamentals Course with no Fundamentals book: Members $120; Non-Members $170
  • All four modules of the Fundamentals Course with the Fundamentals book (plus $8.00 shipping): Members $170; Non-Members $245
  • Individual Modules of the Fundamentals Course: Members $35; Non-Members $55

Rates are the same for the live and recorded webinars. Discounted rates apply only to current NGA members. Membership in a state association does not qualify for NGA member rate and only the primary contact for an organizational membership qualifies.

How do Recorded Webinars Work?
  1. Complete a printable or online order form for the webinar of your choice.
  2. Via email, you will receive a link that will be live for one month with purchase of the series, or one week with purchase of a single module. Click the link and take the course. Please allow 7 business days for processing of orders with study materials and 2 business days for orders with recording only.
  3. Follow the instructions in your email to verify your participation and receive a certificate of attendance.

Please order a recorded webinar only when you have time to view it. Once the link is sent to you, you have only one month (series) or one week (single module) to view it before the link is closed. We cannot accommodate extensions for recorded webinars.

Fundamentals Book

Fundamentals of Guardianship: What Every Guardian Needs To Know

At last -- the book you wish someone had written...and now your association has! It is a must-have reference book for new and experienced guardians. It also includes reference materials to provide you with the right tools for a good guardianship practice. This book has been published by the American Bar Association and can be ordered online through the ABA website.