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American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG):
What does it mean to be “In Good Standing” with the ABGC? How do I verify if I am “In Good Standing?”
All Genetic Counselors who are ABGC certified and whose certification has not lapsed and have not been placed on probation by the ABGC are considered to be “In Good Standing”. Genetic counselors can verify if they are “In Good Standing” by contacting the ABGC at
What is ABGC or ABMG recertification?
recertification is available for Genetic Counselors certified by the ABGC prior to 1996.
Beginning 1996, Genetic Counselors certified or recertified by ABGC were required to apply for recertification every 10 years. Beginning 2010, Genetic Counselors certified or recertified by ABGC are required to apply for recertification every 5 years.
So, if a Genetic Counselor was certified in 1999, they were required to apply for recertification in 2009 (with an effective date of 2010), but then will need to apply for recertification again in 2014 (every five years).
The chart below that helps with the formula:
Year of Year to Apply Next Year to Apply
Voluntary recertification is available for Ph.D. Medical Geneticists certified by the ABMG prior to 1993. Beginning in 1993, Ph.D. Medical Geneticists certified or recertified by the ABMG are required to apply for recertification every ten years.
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