Passing the ABGC Certification Examination indicates that a genetic counselor has attained a recognized professional benchmark of quality and expertise. Genetic counselors who achieve this benchmark are awarded a Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC®) credential.
The ABGC certification examination development process and scoring determination rely on psychometric principles that ensure all candidates are treated fairly and that all pass/fail decisions are valid. This detailed process provides distinction and value to genetic counselors in the field, ensures that passing candidates have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for competent practice, and provides protection to the public from incompetent practitioners. Additional information about this process is available here.
Provided below is some recent Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC®) Examination performance data. This information is also presented annually at the ABGC Business Meeting at the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Conference. For more information on the certification exam itself, please visit the Certification page on the ABGC website.