About Genetic Counselors

Genetic Counseling Certification and Continuing Education Requirements

Genetic Counselor Certification

Certification in genetic counseling is offered by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) through an examination administered twice per year. Certification, while not required everywhere, demonstrates that the individual has met the standards necessary to provide competent genetic counseling.

To be eligible for the examination, applicants must be graduates of a Master's-level Genetic Counseling program that has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) and have met all other requirements outlined by the ABGC.

More information about genetic counselor certification and examination requirements can be found on the ABGC website .

Continuing Education Requirements

In order for a genetic counselor to maintain their certification with the ABGC, they must acquire a preset number of Continuing Education Credits during their recertification cycle.

NSGC is an authorized provider of Category 1 and Category 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which are accepted by the ABGC for purposes of Genetic Counselor recertification.

  • Category 1 CEUs are granted for educational programs with content targeted specifically to genetic counselors and are pre-approved by the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). At least 60% of the credits required for ABGC recertification must be Category 1.
  • Category 2 CEUs are available for individuals that attend educational programs which have been approved to offer continuing education by organizations other than NSGC. Even though these programs are primarily targeted to other healthcare providers, their content may be considered to be relevant to a genetic counselor's continuing education. Genetic counselors may submit Category 2 CEU applications for these programs up to 90 days after the program is completed. Up to 40% of credits required for ABGC recertification can be Category 2.
  • Professional Activity Credits (PACs) - Activities that are not approved for Category 1 or 2 CEUs may be eligible for Professional Activity Credits (PACs). PAC credits are awarded for participation in a variety of professional activities determined by ABGC to promote educational development. NSGC does not administer PAC credit to genetic counselors. Interested in learning more about what may qualify as a PAC? View a listing of approved PAC activities  on the ABGC website today. 

More information about ABGC Recertification, CEU Requirements and PACs can be found on ABGC's Recertification Factsheet .

Information on NSGC CEU Approval

For more information about certification or accreditation, please contact:

PO Box 14216
Lenexa, KS 66285
Ph: 913-895-4617 |  Fax: 913-895-4652

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