I requested Pre-1500 certification and was denied. I was given a list of reasons why I was denied, some where valid and I made improvements as requested. However, when I did request to join a Pre-1700 project for pre-1700 project experience as needed for the Pre-1500 certification, I never heard a word from the project leader. I also made 2 requests thus far to participate in another project, same result, I never heard a word.
I offered research assistance for the Civil War project. The project leader was right on the ball and got back to me immediately. May I add Paula is an awesome leader. That all being said, I gave up on Pre-1500 certification. I'll stay at my current level, and I'm good with the Civil War project. :)