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To assess knowledge, skills and competencies previously acquired and necessary to assess, educate and provide cancer risk assessment and cancer genetics clinical services to patients and their families. There is a focus of this exam on comprehensive breast cancer risk assessment although a broader recognition of cancer genetics and cancer predisposition genes associated with hereditary cancer risk is expected of the candidate.
Preferred candidates are licensed professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners/advanced practice nurses and physician assistants seeking to demonstrate advanced knowledge in providing cancer genetics and cancer risk assessment subspecialty practice. Genetic counselors do not need to obtain this certification as the competencies are covered by genetic counselor training and maintenance of certification.
NCBC recognizes that there may be other licensed or certified skilled practitioners who possess the requisite educational background, work-related knowledge, competency and clinical experience to be considered eligible to apply for certification in CGRA. Inquiries should be forwarded to the program director and will be assessed on a case by case basis by the certification board to assure that eligibility for this certification is met before sitting for the CGRA examination.
To obtain a Cancer Genetics Risk Assessment (CGRA) Certification through the NCBC’s Cancer Genetics and Risk Assessment Program, the certification eligibility requirements are:
NCBC conducts the certification program independently of any specific class, course or other education/training program and is also independent of any provider of classes, course or programs. The assessment is not designed to evaluate mastery of the intended learning outcomes of a specific class, course or program, nor is NCBC, as the certification program provider, the sole provider of any education or training that may be required for certification.
NCBC’s certification program is also not responsible for accreditation of educational or training programs or courses of study leading to the certification.
There are multiple pathways and educational resources by which a candidate could acquire the requisite specific areas of knowledge for competency as a healthcare provider in cancer genetics and risk assessment. Resources may include self-study, practice-based education, online course/web-based study, review of professional journals or in-person courses for healthcare providers in cancer genetics and cancer risk assessment.
*See attached examples of resources (list is not intended to be inclusive/endorsement of any one resource)
All candidates, regardless of professional licensure or certification, are required to take an exam assessing knowledge, skills and competencies required for CGRA Certification. The exam consists of 120 questions and is conducted in a secure, proctored environment with a 3 hour time limit. Successful completion of the assessment exam is required to receive the certification. The exam consists of 100 scored questions and 20 unscored questions.
The Cancer Genetics Risk Assessment Certification requires annual renewal with eight (8) continuing education credits in cancer genetics, risk assessment content earned per year. A failure to renew will result in inactive certification after 60 days past expiration and decertification after 1 year past expiration.
The annual renewal fee will cost $150
The online renewal form can be found at www.CGRAcertification.org
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