Role of Certification in Public Health

Role of Certification in Public Health

The work of voluntary credentialing organizations like ABGC protect the public, promote patient safety and help ensure high quality health care services for everyone.

Certification for public healthABGC protects the public by setting and ensuring levels of knowledge, skills and abilities for professional practice and recognizing the importance of effective lifelong learning by requiring recertification. Additionally, because ABGC’s Certified Genetic Counselor examination is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, patients and the public alike can be certain that the examination development, administration and scoring procedures are reliable, valid, fair and transparent.


  • How CGCs Impact Public Health

    How do CGCs impact public health?

    Certified genetic counselors have an important part to play when it comes to understanding and adapting to inherited conditions. Earning the CGC® is voluntary—certificate holders work hard to get this credential, and they work hard every day guiding and supporting individuals seeking more information about how inherited conditions might affect them or their families, interpreting test results, supervising genetic counseling students, conducting research and participating in professional development to stay current in the field.

  • How ABGC Certification Ensures Quality Practice

    How does ABGC certification ensure quality practice?

    The CGC® provides assurances to the public, employers and colleagues that the certificate holder has the knowledge, skills and expertise to enter professional practice. ABGC certification ensures that an individual is qualified to provide genetic counseling services. The process includes verification of specialized training, including extensive clinical experience, and a certification examination. To become certified, genetic counselors must pass a comprehensive examination with content based on the results of a formal practice analysis of the genetic counseling profession. This evidence-based approach identifies knowledge and skills necessary for genetic counselors and ensures that the certification examination reflects current practice.

  • Detailed Practice Analysis
  • Certification Exam Performance
  • Examination Content Outline
  • Examination Scoring Methodology