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ABGC is a not for profit organization incorporated in 1993. It is led by an elected Board of Directors comprised of certified genetic counselors. ABGC Diplomates elect the Board of Directors and also support the activities of ABGC by volunteering in many different capacities such as item writers and ad hoc committee members.
Currently there are 3,658 ABGC Certified Genetic Counselors.
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.
ABGC will establish standards of competence to protect the public and promote the ongoing growth and development of practitioners in the Genetic Counseling Profession.
Credentialing is the process by which a qualified, recognized body grants formal recognition to those who have met predetermined standards and criteria. For genetic counselors, the ABGC credentialing process establishes quality standards for knowledge and performance for individuals entering the profession, as well as for experienced practitioners throughout their genetic counseling career.
Credentialing of a professional group serves many purposes. Foremost, credentialing protects the public by identifying individuals who have met established standards of knowledge, skills and practice for their profession. These individuals have demonstrated a commitment to excellence by meeting the standards required to achieve and maintain their professional credential. Credentialing allows employers, other professionals, third party payers and governmental regulators, such as licensing boards, to clearly identify individuals with the specialized training, knowledge and skills necessary to expertly meet the needs of their constituents. Credentialing also helps to define a professional identity and opportunities for advancement for those meeting these standards.
ABGC was incorporated in 1993 as the credentialing body for the genetic counseling profession. The ABGC credential, Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC©), recognizes individuals who have met established standards for graduate training and clinical experience, successfully completed a comprehensive genetic counseling examination and committed to maintaining their knowledge and skills in a rapidly evolving field through recertification. Whether in a hospital clinic, government agency, biotechnology company, or other professional setting, a CGC© has attained a recognized professional benchmark of quality and expertise.
For information about accredited graduate programs, visit the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) website at www.gceducation.org.