Role of the ABGC Board in Genetic Counseling

Role of the ABGC Board in Genetic Counseling

What does ABGC do for the genetic counseling industry at large?

  • Sets, refines and upholds standards for the genetic counseling (GC) 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 GC professionals and 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, and 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 recognize certification to identify individuals with specialized training.
  • Field Advancement - ABGC certification is a building block that helps to develop the professional identity of genetic counseling.

Role of the Board in genetic counselingABGC received NCCA accreditation of its Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC®) 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.

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