National Society of Genetic Counselors
    About Genetic Counselors

    Genetic Counseling Certification and Continuing Education Requirements

    Genetic Counselor Certification

    Certification in genetic counseling is offered by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) through an examination administered twice per year. Certification, while not required everywhere, demonstrates that the individual has met the standards necessary to provide competent genetic counseling.

    More information about genetic counselor certification and examination requirements can be found on the ABGC website.

    Continuing Education Requirements

    NSGC is an authorized provider of Category 1 and Category 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which are accepted by the ABGC for purposes of Genetic Counselor recertification.

    • Category 1 CEUs are granted for educational programs with content targeted specifically to genetic counselors and are pre-approved by the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). 
    • Category 2 CEUs are available for individuals that attend educational programs which have been approved to offer continuing education by organizations other than NSGC. Genetic counselors may submit Category 2 CEU applications for these programs up to 90 days after the program is completed. 
    • Professional Activity Credits (PACs) - Activities that are not approved for Category 1 or 2 CEUs may be eligible for Professional Activity Credits (PACs). NSGC does not administer PAC credit to genetic counselors. Interested in learning more about what may qualify as a PAC? View a listing of approved PAC activities on the ABGC website today. 

    More information about ABGC Recertification, CEU Requirements, and PACs can be found on ABGC's Recertification Factsheet.

    Information on NSGC CEU Approval