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California Genetic Counselor Licensure Program

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California Genetic Counselor Licensure Program

Genetic counseling means providing information regarding the medical, psychological, and familial implications of inherited risks for disease, including:  interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence, and education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research.  Any person employed as or practicing as a Genetic Counselor in California, or providing genetic counseling to residents of California, is required to have a valid Genetic Counselor License or a Temporary Genetic Counselor License issued by the State of California. 

Apply for Genetic Counselor License

Genetic Counselors work in a wide variety of clinical settings such as prenatal, pediatric, cancer, neurology, and cardiology in order to provide genetic counseling services.  They are found in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, academic settings, public health facilities and health education programs. ​


Application Instruction Videos

Title: Overview of the Genetic Disease Screening Program (GDSP) Portal for Genetic Counselor Licensure
Published: 6/12/2023
Duration: 3:43
Title: Register and Sign In Into GDSP Portal
Published: 6/12/2023
Duration: 3:56

Title: Apply for a new Genetic Counselor License​
Published: 6/12/2023
Duration: 10:11

Title: Associate Your Existing Genetic Counselor License
Published: 6/12/2023
Duration: 3:36
Title: Overview of Live Scan and Fingerprint Process
Published: 6/12/2023
Duration: 5:19
Title: Pay Your License Fee via Credit Card, Check, or Money Order
Published: 6/12/2023
Duration: 3:39
Title: Renew your Genetic Counselor License​
Published: 6/12/2023
Duration: 6:09
Title: Applicant Homepage Overview
Published: 6/12/2023
Duration: 4:21
Title: Out of Country or Remote Work Applicants
Published: 6/12/2023
Duration: 3:02​
Title: User Requests to update application information
Published: 6/12/2023
Duration: 6:41
Title: User Requests for a Verification Letter or a Replacement Card
Published: 6/12/2023
Duration: 3:42

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