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COVID-19 update (April 28, 2020): Certification exam applications are being accepted and processed as normal.  As of April 28, we have not modified the exam date.  The Certification Board will continue to monitor the situation, and will update all applicants as more information becomes available.  Please note that some universities have temporarily suspended orders for paper transcripts.  In order to accommodate applications without paper transcripts, we will now accept e-Transcripts where applicable, to

Given the uncertainty regarding the reliability of the postal service during this time, we will also be accepting reference letters by email as long as they are emailed by the referees’ personal email addresses (i.e. we will not accept reference letters from candidates’ email addresses).  These can be emailed to


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.


Candidates should refer to the Certification Handbook 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 Certification Board does not deem a candidate eligible to write the examination until their application has been approved.

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

Applications for the 2020 certification examination are now being accepted.


Upcoming exam dates:

Friday, August 28, 2020

Friday, August 20, 2021


2020 Examination Details

The date of the next Certification Examination will be Friday, August 28, 2020.



Certification Handbook (Jan 2020)

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.