When I was in library school, the requirements for degree completion were pretty clear: pass these classes, meet these requirements, get your diploma and put letters by your name. Easy steps to a goal.
Gaining experience in the genealogy world isn't so cut and dry. There are letters you can earn and put by your name, but no clear path to get there. You have to decide when you're ready and then apply for certification.
My information management background is on a whole different, more streamlined plane than genealogy, and I'm still trying to process the differences.
In order to try to scrape together something that resembles a formal genealogical education, I've enrolled in the "Home Study Course" of the National Genealogical Society. Though the class title sounds like something from an offshore diploma mill where you pay your pesos and get a PhD in astrophysics, the course apparently is well-respected and considered a valid step toward genealogical certification.
My family tree has served me well, but it doesn't provide the research challenges I want. This class is a step toward that advanced study.
I started the first lesson last night. I'll let you know how it goes.