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Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Information


NSGC is an authorized provider of continuing education for genetic counselors. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) earned through NSGC-approved educational opportunities will be accepted by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) for purposes of Genetic Counselor recertification. 


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Information Based on Role in Earning/Providing CEUs

Information Based on Type/Category of CEU

Accessing Your CEUs

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the Difference Between Category 1 and Category 2 CEUs?

 Category 1 CEUs

  • Are applied for by activity organizers before the activity occurs.
  • Require pre-approval from NSGC and cannot be approved retroactively. 
  • Are NOT reported by individual attendees directly to NSGC. Activity organizers submit claims and earner reports on behalf of attendees.
  • Category 1 CEUs should make up at least 60% of a genetic counselor's recertification credits. 

The Category 1 timeline outlines important dates and deadlines for organizers planning a Category 1 CEU event (conference, course, webinar, etc.), as well as dates and information for genetic counselors who have attended an approved Category 1 event.

Genetic counselors who have attended a Category 1 event can expect to see their CEU certificate within 150 days after the event has ended. (i.e. If the conference you attended ended on September 15, you can expect to have your CEU certificate by February 12).

 Category 2 CEUs

  • Are applied for on an individual basis by genetic counselors.
  • Are applied for AFTER attending an event that was not Category 1 approved. Quarterly applications required for series activities.
  • Are valid only for activities that have been pre-approved by a reputable accreditation body or CEU provider (not NSGC).

The Category 2 timeline outlines important dates and deadlines for genetic counselors who attend an educational event (conference, course, webinar, etc.) that has not received Category 1 CEU approval by NSGC and would like to submit for Category 2 CEUs.

Genetic counselors must submit their Category 2 application and all supporting materials within 90 days of the event end date and can expect to see their CEU approval within 10 weeks from the date of submisson (i.e. If the event you attended ended on September 15, you have until December 14 to submit your Category 2 application. NSGC then has up to 10 weeks to review this application, so you can expect to have your CEU certificate by  February 22).

 Activity or Event Organizers

How Do I Get My Activity Approved For Category 1 CEUs?

Category 1 Application Templates and Resources

My Activity Was Approved, Now What?

 Individual Genetic Counselors

 Category 1 CEUs

 Category 2 CEUs

Category 2 Application Materials & Templates

 CEU Certificates

 Professional Activity Credits (PACs)


NSGC recommends that you reivew the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) Recertification Information page on their website for all questions or concerns related to recertification.

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