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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.


ABGC Welcomes New Board Members

ABGC is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 Board of Directors election. Adam Buchanan, MS, MPH, LGC, CGC, and Ana Morales, MS, CGC, were elected to the Board of Directors with a 30.8% response rate. They will begin four-year terms on January 1, 2017.

Adam is currently an Investigator at the Genomic Medicine Institute at Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA. He was previously a Research Scientist at the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, NC. Adam has been an ABGC Diplomate since 2005 and has served as an ABGC Item Writer. He received his Master of Science in Genetic Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ana is a Clinical Associate Professor at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Previously, she worked as an Instructor and Genetic Counselor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Ana has served on the ABGC Certification Exam Committee and also as an Item Writer. She graduated from the Brandeis University Master of Science, Genetic Counseling program and was certified in 2007.

Please join us as we welcome Adam and Ana 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


News & Updates

  • Beginning March 1, 2017!
    Paper exam applications will no longer be accepted!
    Exam applications must be completed online at Faxed or mailed applications will not be accepted. The application deadline for the February exam window is January 17; the deadline for the August exam window is July 17. Please refer to the new Exam Bulletin for more information. For questions regarding receipt of exam materials or exam eligibility status, please contact PSI at 888-519-9901.
  • Important CEU Updates
  • 2017 Exam Bulletin
  • Updated Practice Exam!

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