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The Value of a Canadian Certified Genetic Counsellor (CCGC) (pamphlet)

Applications to write the 2019 certification examination are now closed. Applications for the 2020 certification examination will open in early 2020.


Upcoming exam dates:

Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday, August 28, 2020


Candidates are eligible to write any of the first three available examinations OR within three years following completion of their program requirements, which ever comes first.

Year of graduation Eligible to write in year:
2016 2017, 2019
2017 2017, 2019
2018 2019, 2020
2019 2019, 2020, 2021*

*Candidates have two attempts to write the examination


2019 Examination Details

The date of the next Certification Examination will be Friday, August 16, 2019.

The exam will be available at a test center in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton and Charlotteown.


Application Deadline and Examination Fees:

Early Application Deadline: May 10, 2019

Late Application Deadline:  June 7, 2019


Pathways A, B and C

The University of Montreal has been granted Pathway C status for the 2019 and 2020 examinations. Genetic counsellors who have graduated in 2018, 2019, and 2020 from the University of Montreal can apply to write the 2019 or 2020 Certification Examination through a streamlined Pathway C. 

Early Application fee: $600

Late Application fee: $650


Pathway D

Early Application fee: $700

Late Application fee: $750


Re-write Application fee: $500


The Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) 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.


The CAGC certification process consists of a certification exam, which will be offered on an annual basis starting in 2019. Eligible candidates must demonstrate that they have been significantly involved in the evaluation and counselling of patients seeking genetic information and that they have the experience and expertise that is attributed to genetic counsellors. The CAGC Knowledge-Based Competencies is the basis for CAGC Certification Board exam questions.


Eligible candidates may apply through one of six pathways. Candidates are responsible for completing the correct application forms in order to be considered. Detailed information regarding the application requirements for each pathway can be found in the Certification Handbook. Please note that there have been changes to the logbook requirements for Pathway A applicants. Please review the Certification Handbook closely to determine if you require a logbook.


Candidates will be contacted by email regarding their application eligibility to sit the examination and with their examination results. Certificates will be mailed to successful candidates.


Certification Handbook (Dec 2018)

Logbook Instructions

Logbook Form

Description of Clinical Training 

Program Director Statement



Questions regarding the certification process and completed applications should be directed to the Certification Board Chair.