Certification Course

Course Description

The PGTS Certification course provides instruction on the fundamentals of charitable gifts, estate planning, fiduciary responsibilities, and developing donor relationships among an organization’s constituency. The content is presented by experts currently working in the field and provides students with a basic understanding of planned giving and trust services work to help them assist their donors. This is a required course, and a key element, for all individuals to become certified to perform Planned Giving & Trust Services duties in the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The course consists of 38 asynchronous online lessons spread out over 12 weeks. Each lesson has required reading material, a video presentation, a PowerPoint presentation with notes, and a quiz. Many lessons, but not all, have a required learning activity that applies concepts taught in the lesson.

Registration Form

Mail the completed application and registration fee of $500 to:
Scot Coppock, Associate Director
Planned Giving & Trust Services
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904

Questions may be directed to
Meridith Webster, 301-680-5006, [email protected]

All applications and registration fees must be delivered to the GC/NAD PGTS Department no later than the registration closed dates listed below.


2021Fall Cohort
Class StartsAug 16, 2021
Registration OpensApr 1, 2021
Registration ClosesAug 5, 2021
Review & ExamNov 9 – Nov 11, 2021

If travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic prohibit gathering in person, the review portion will be conducted via online synchronous classes that will be mandatory to attend.