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