Continuing Education Credits (CECs) are accumulated by attendance at recognized educational forums. Regularly scheduled (weekly, monthly) conferences such as, but not limited to, journal clubs, case conferences, or multidisciplinary team meetings are not eligible for the accumulation of CECs. These are considered part of the job responsibilities of genetic counsellors and are therefore considered to be included in CPCs. Continuing education programs that do not relate directly to genetic counselling are not eligible for continuing education credits.
CECs are accrued at the rate of 1 credit per hour of educational session attended. No credits are granted for attendance of business meetings, committee meetings, poster sessions or social events at these meetings. Credits are granted only for educational or workshop sessions. Online educational courses will be considered for CECs provided that proof of attendance can be shown.
For Conference Organizers
For conference organizers who are requesting CECs, we recommend that the Application for Approval of CECs be submitted to the Certification board at least 3 months prior* to the start of the conference. This will allow for the acceptance letter to be sent prior to the start of the conference as well as for the conference organiser to include the number of CECs in the conference program and/or the attendance certificate. The number of assigned CECs will also be noted on the Current CEC Assignment for Education Meetings. The conference is then considered a "Recognized Educational Session" for that time only. If the conference is held again the following year, the conference organizers would once again need to apply for CECs. The following annual meetings are automatically reviewed by the Certification Board and conference organizers do not need to apply for CECs: CAGC, NSGC, ASHG and ACMG. The number of CECs awarded will be posted as above.
For applications received less than 3 months prior to the start of the conference, we cannot guarantee the receipt of the acceptance letter prior to the start of the conference.
Application fee structure for Conference Organizers:
Standard Fee - $100.00 - for conferences occurring 3 months away or greater
Unrecognized Educational Sessions
For all conferences that are not recognized educational sessions, each individual attendee must submit the Application for Approval of CECs . We recommend that the application be submitted to the Certification board within 3 months following the end of the conference. We aim to send an acceptance letter to the individual within 3 months of the receipt of their application that lists the number of CECs assigned. The acceptance letter is designated for the applying individual only and does not include approval for all conference attendees. Each individual is then required to maintain the original letter along with proof of attendance.
Application fee for Unrecognized Educational Sessions: $25
Please note that Applications for CECs are now online.
If you prefer to pay by cheque, please contact the Certification Board to obtain
a hard copy of the application form to submit by mail.
Recognized Educational Sessions
Apply for CECs
Please NOTE: educational sessions approved for CEUs by the ABGC will not necessarily be approved for CECs by the CAGC Certification Board.