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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 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 28, 2020

Friday, August 20, 2021


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:


2019, 2020


2019, 2020, 2021*


2020, 2021**

*Candidates have two attempts to write the examination

**The exam following 2021 will either be 2022 OR 2023


Candidates graduating prior to 2018 can apply to write the exam through pathway B or C, provided the criteria is met.


2020 Examination Details

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


Application Deadline and Examination Fees:

Early Application Deadline: TBA

Late Application Deadline:  TBA


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: TBA

Late Application fee: TBA


Pathway D

Early Application fee: TBA

Late Application fee: TBA


Re-write Application fee: TBA


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.


Appeals regarding the CAGC Certification must be lodged, in writing, to the Administrative Office of the CAGC within 3 months from the date the examination results are received. A cheque in the amount of $75 to cover the fee for the appeal must accompany the application. Please read the Procedure for Appeals of the Certification Examination before submitting an appeal.


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.