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Mechanisms for recertification have been established by professional organizations to assess an individual's ongoing professional knowledge and skills. ABGC implemented a mandatory recertification requirement for any Diplomate certified in 1996 or later.

  • Recertification demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the standard ethical and competent practice set by the profession. In the future genetic counselors may find that recertification is significant for licensing, professional advancement, hospital credentialing, and insurance reimbursement.

  • Diplomates may recertify by examination or by participation in appropriate continuing education activities. If a Diplomate chooses to recertify by examination, s/he will to follow the application guidelines and eligibility requirements required in the Examination Bulletin.

  • Diplomates recertifying through continuing education must collect the required number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) during their certification period. Those in a five year cycle must collect 12.5 CEUs/PACs and those in a ten year cycle must collect 25 CEUs/PACs. More information on how to recertify through CEUs is included in the Fact Sheet. To determine when your current cycle begins and ends, and to record and track your CEUs/PACs, please login to the online recertification system at the Member Login link on our home page.

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


Documentation of Recertification Status

Upon successful recertification, the new certificate will be dated January 1st of the year following certification expiration. For certificates awarded to diplomates achieving recertification by the examination pathway or the continuing education pathway as of January 1, 2010 or later, certification will extend until December 31st, five years later. For example, a diplomate whose time-limited certification expires December 31, 2010 and who has met all of the recertification requirements for the pathway selected will receive a new certificate effective January 1, 2011, and expiring five years later on December 31, 2016.

How do I recertify?