State Licensure

State licensure

In many states a license is required to practice as a Certified Genetic Counselor®. The goal of licensure is to ensure that the licensees have the minimal degree of competency necessary to ensure that public health, safety and/or welfare are protected.

Requirements for genetic counseling licenses vary slightly from state to state, but all states currently issuing licenses require applicants to have a current ABGC certification and have graduated from an ACGC accredited master’s degree program. Additionally, most states require the licensee to earn a specified number of continuing education credits prior to renewal and maintain an active CGC® credential.

The American Board of Genetic Counseling received NCCA accreditation of its Certified Genetic Counselor® certification program. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. State licensure boards can be assured that the process by which the CGC® credential is developed and administered meets the highest quality standards.


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