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Forms and Resources

Programs are to complete all forms and applications through Armature. To request forms, contact the Executive Office.

Information on the program fee structure can be found here.

Standards of Accreditation and Accreditation Manual

The Standards for Accreditation (Standards) as estbalished and adopted by ACGC are used by the Board and volunteer reviewers in accrediting master’s degree-granting programs that prepare individuals to enter the genetic counseling profession. The extent to which a program complies with these Standards determines its accreditation status. The Standards therefore constitute the minimum requirements to which an accredited program is held accountable.

The following policies, documents and applications are based on the new Standards of Accreditation, effective September 1, 2023. Applications are available for download for your reference. Programs are required to complete these applications in an online format in the accreditation management system (AMS) implemented by ACGC. Please contact us at info@gceducation.org to gain access to the AMS.

Programs must be in compliance of the revised 2023 Standards by August 1, 2024. 

Practice Based Competencies

The Practice-Based Competencies guide describes the seven practice-based competencies that are necessary for as an entry-level genetic counselor. Embedded within the seven competencies are 25 sub-competencies that support the attainment of the practice-based competencies.

These competencies, along with the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counselors’ Standards of Accreditation, provide guidance for the training of genetic counselors and for evaluating trainees’ knowledge and skills. The didactic and experiential components of a genetic counseling training curriculum must support the development of proficient in the following competences: 1) Genetics and Genomics Expertise, 2) Risk Assessment, 3) Counseling, 4) Communication, 5) Research, 6) Healthcare Systems, and 7) Professional Identity. These competencies and skills, as, as defined by the sub-competencies, describe the minimal skillset of a genetic counselor which should be applicable across practice settings.

Programs must be in compliance with the revised 2023 PBC’s by June 15, 2025.

Accreditation Form Examples

The forms provided here are examples to be used as resources as you apply for or maintain your accreditation status.