What does ABGC do for the genetic counseling industry at large?
- Sets, refines and upholds standards for the genetic counseling practice
- Studies and reports on changes in GC practice
- Offers the profession’s only accredited certification exam
- Supports and seeks to influence public policy related to both GC professionals as well as those they serve
- Is a catalyst for mitigating workforce issues
The ABGC credentialing process establishes quality standards for knowledge and performance for individuals entering the genetic counseling profession, as well as for experienced practitioners throughout their career.
ABGC certification serves many purposes:
- Public Protection. Certification identifies individuals who have met established standards of knowledge, skills and practice.
- Professional Resource. Employers, professionals, third-party payers, licensing boards and government regulators observe certification to clearly identify individuals with specialized training.
- Field Advancement. ABGC certification is a building block that helps to form and further develop the professional identity of genetic counseling.
ABGC received NCCA accreditation of its Certified Genetic Counselor® certification program in 2015. 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.