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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 over 4,000 ABGC Certified Genetic Counselors.
To protect the public by setting certification standards and providing leadership to promote the value of certified genetic counselors.
Promote high standards in genetic counseling.
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.
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.
ABGC received NCCA accreditation of its Certified Genetic Counselor© certification program by submitting an application demonstrating the program’s compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance). Since 1977, the NCCA has been accrediting certifying programs based on the highest quality standards in professional certification to ensure the programs adhere to modern standards of practice in the certification industry.
For information about accredited graduate programs, visit the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) website at www.gceducation.org.