Introduction and Application Pathways

The CBGC reserves the right to alter these policies as necessary for future cycles of the examination. Please read this information carefully. The specific application forms are contained in individual documents and are posted on the CBGC website. The forms specific to the exam year must be completed. 

Application Pathways

A candidate can certify through the pathway that applies to their situation. Applicants applying through pathways A, B and C must submit their first application within 5 years of graduation. Any candidate who fails to achieve certification during their 5 year eligibility may re-apply. A new logbook may be required.

Pathway A

Candidates who are graduates of a Masters program in Genetic Counselling accredited by an ABGC/ACGC accredited program

Pathway B

Candidates who are graduates of a Masters program in Genetic Counselling, at an international university that is not ABGC/ACGC accredited

Pathway C (Pre-approved Canadian Programs)

Candidates who are graduates of a Masters program in Genetic Counselling at a Canadian university that is not ABGC/ACGC accredited but has CBGC pre-approval status

Pathway D

Candidates who are graduates of a Masters program in Genetic Counselling at an international university and have a current certification either from the ABGC, GCRB or HGSA. Other international certifications will be considered.

Re-Examination

Candidates who were unsuccessful or deferred in the last exam cycle and are applying to re-write the exam.

Recertification by examination

Canadian certified counsellors who choose to recertify by writing the examination (See Recertification Protocol).

Candidates are responsible for completing the correct application forms in order to be considered. The application form and documents can be submitted in English or French. The deadline to submit an application is posted on the CBGC website.