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The American Board of Genetic Counseling received NCCA accreditation of its Certified Genetic Counselor© certification program. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.

The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) is the credentialing organization for the genetic counseling profession in the United States and Canada. The ABGC certifies and recertifies qualified genetic counseling professionals. In this way the work of the ABGC protects the public and promotes the ongoing growth and development of the genetic counseling profession.

ABGC Mission & Values


To protect the public by setting certification standards and providing leadership to promote the value of certified genetic counselors.

Core Purpose

Promote high standards in genetic counseling.


Core Values


Fair and objective decisions, transparency in interactions, and accountable stewardship.



Recognition of, and actions taken based on, emerging needs.



Delivering high value to the profession through rigorous evaluation standards.

About the American Board of Genetic Counseling, Inc.

Call for ABGC Item Writers - Don't Miss This Opportunity!

We are looking for genetic counselors with experience in the following areas to join our item-writing team:


• Variant curation and interpretation

• Metabolics

• Research

• Laboratory/Industry

• Predictive testing

• Cardiology

• Neurology

• Counseling theory

• ELSI issues


A main function of the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) is to prepare and administer certification examinations for genetic counselors. In order to do so, we have an ongoing need for certified genetic counselors to write quality multiple choice exam questions. The ABGC is pleased to offer a volunteer opportunity for ABGC certified counselors with at least 3 years of experience (Graduate degree earned in 2013 or earlier) to participate in the examination process by becoming item writers.


• New writers will be required to review a mandatory online item writing workshop.


• Each item writer will be responsible for submitting 8-10 completed questions by an established deadline approximately 2 months from the date the items are assigned. Item writers will work with mentors from the Certification Exam Committee (CEC).


• Upon receipt and approval of 10 questions, each item writer will be eligible to claim one Professional Activity Credit (PAC) towards recertification (see PAC Table for ‘Volunteer Service to ABGC’).


• Item writers will be required to sign a confidentiality statement and an agreement which will define and detail the writer's responsibilities.


• Individuals who are involved in planning or teaching a Board Review course within the next 5 years are not eligible to participate in item writing.


• If you are not contacted to write items for this cycle, it is likely because we do not need items related to your area of expertise or specialty. Your application will be kept on file for future cycles.


• We encourage you to consider taking on this challenge. To be considered for a future item writing session, please complete the application and return it to the ABGC Administrative Office by May 16, 2016. For more information, please contact Certification Exam Committee Co-Chairs, Liz Platt, MGC, CGC at (650) 922-7601 or or Sharon Aufox, MS, CGC at (312) 695-0701 or


ABGC Welcomes Lori Erby as New Board Member

ABGC is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 Board of Directors election. Lori AH Erby, ScM, PhD, CGC was elected to the Board of Directors with a 25.9% response rate. She began a four-year term on January 1, 2016.

Lori is currently the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins University/National Human Genome Research Institute Genetic Counseling Training Program. Previously she was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and also practiced as a genetic counselor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Departments of Neurology and Gyn/Ob. A diplomate since 2002, Lori has served on ABGC's Practice-Based Competencies Review Taskforce and is chair of this year's NSGC Annual Education Conference.

Please join us as we welcome Lori Erby to the Board of Directors!

Updated Practice Exam!

ABGC has updated the Practice Exam (PE)! Based on our performance analysis of all PE questions, ABGC has decided to revise or rewrite ~ 20% of them. These questions were identified as not performing parallel to the actual certification examination. Click here for more information about the Practice Exam.



It is the Diplomate’s responsibility to apply for recertification prior to the expiration date of his/her current certification. A renewal notification postcard is mailed to each Diplomate’s last known postal address approximately 4 months prior to the current certification expiration date. Email recertification reminders are also sent to those Diplomates for whom ABGC has a valid email address. To ensure that you receive important information from ABGC, please review your online profile and verify current email and postal information.

Each Diplomate is responsible for:

  • Creating and updating the contact information on his/her ABGC online profile
  • Keeping current with ABGC news, information, policy, rules and regulations


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