The Canadian Board of Genetic Counselling (CBGC) is committed to ensuring that individuals seeking genetic counselling services in Canada are receiving these services from an individual with a high level of competency. The process of certification and recertification has been adopted by most professional organizations as a mechanism for assessing and maintaining the knowledge and skills of its practitioners.

Candidates should refer to the information below for details regarding the examination, eligibility and logistics.

Note to employers

Candidates who meet the criteria to apply to write the Canadian certification examination through Pathway A, B, C or D are considered to be 'Board Eligible'. This term is used by the candidate at their discretion. The CBGC does not deem a candidate eligible to write the examination until their application has been approved.

Upcoming exam dates

Friday, August 20, 2021

Friday, August 26, 2022

Friday August 25, 2023

*Note: Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 CBGC exam will be a remotely proctored examination for 2021. Given the ongoing pandemic, telephone genetic counselling sessions that occur between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2022  may be included in the required logbook cases.  The supervisor for each of these cases must have been present during the telephone session (e.g. on speakerphone or 3-way conference call). Updates will be posted here as they become available. Last up-dated May 5, 2021.


Questions regarding the certification process and completed applications should be directed to the Certification team lead.