ABGC has identified the need to formally approve not only domestic but also international bodies that are reviewing and approving/accrediting master’s degree genetic counseling programs. The accrediting body approval process allows ABGC to open a pathway for internationally trained genetic counselors to qualify to sit for the examination.
Organizations wishing to apply must demonstrate compliance with Criteria for ABGC Approved Accrediting Bodies, which includes criteria in six different categories:
- Ensuring quality education
- Demonstrating accountability
- Promoting continual improvement and quality
- Employing fair procedures in decision-making
- Continuing to reassess accreditation practices
- Demonstrating sustainability
Accreditation bodies should be reviewing programs within their own regional jurisdictions.
Once the accrediting body has been approved, individuals who are registered or certified with those bodies may apply to sit for the ABGC Certified Genetic Counselor® examination. Individual applicants for the CGC examination will have to document registration/certification with the approved body and those individuals whose education was not conducted in English will need to submit a TOEFL score. Please see the ABGC Examination Bulletin for more information on how to apply.