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Professional certification is the voluntary process by which a non-governmental agency grants time-limited recognition and use of a credential to individuals who have met predetermined and standardized criteria. Certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) indicates that individual practitioners have met the standards necessary to provide competent genetic counseling services.
Eligibility for the certification exam is determined by gaining Active Candidate Status (ACS). Currently, ACS is awarded when a candidate applies, meets specific criteria and provides all requested supporting documentation. A graduate of an ACGC accredited training program may apply for Active Candidate Status at any time after the current examination information is posted.
Please review the eligibility requirements in the Examination Bulletin to determine your eligibility to apply to take the current ABGC Certification Examination.
ABGC Accepts Electronic Transcripts - Transcripts can be sent directly from the school to ABGC or submitted by the student in a sealed envelope with the registrar’s signature over the seal. Electronic transcripts will be accepted if emailed directly from the school to ABGC at ABGCServices@goamp.com. Please be aware that transcript requests often take an educational institution several weeks to process. Request transcripts as soon as possible so they are received by ABGC well before the application deadline.
Exam applications take 7-10 business days for processing. Please contact the Executive Office with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For accredited genetic counseling Program Directors: please contact the Executive Office for instructions on how to verify clinical training.
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