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American Board of Genetic Counseling, Inc.
ABGC Certification


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.


ABGC is planning a database upgrade in order to better serve our Diplomates.  The maintenance requires a temporary outage of our public directory search as well as deactivates our Members-Only section.  This outage affects online CMF payment and the online recertification system as well.  These services will be unavailable May 4-11, 2015.


During this time, you can contact our office to verify Active Candidate Status (ACS) for applicants who need this for temporary licensure purposes.  Additionally, we can verify certification for Diplomates who require this for licensure or employment.


A message will be posted to the website when all services are accessible again.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  Should you need immediate service, or have any questions, please call our office at 913-895-4617 or email us at


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.

Updated Practice Exam!

ABGC is updating 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. The updated content is set to launch on June 1, 2015.  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



Mailing Address:
PO Box 14216
Lenexa, KS 66285

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday,
8:30am – 5:00pm CT
Phone: 913.895.4617
Fax: 913.895.4652