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Q: Am I required to get a license in Idaho?

Idaho Code 54-5605. A license shall be required to engage in the practice of genetic counseling. No person shall hold himself out as a genetic counselor unless he is licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. No person who is not so licensed may use in connection with his name or place of business the title genetic counselor, licensed genetic counselor, gene counselor, genetic consultant, genetic associate or any words, letters, abbreviations, or insignia indicating or implying that a person holds a genetic counselor license unless such person holds a genetic counselor license.


All licensees must comply with the following continuing education requirements:

Beginning with the second renewal of their license, a licensee shall be required to complete a minimum of two (2) hours of continuing education (CE) within the preceding twelve (12) months or one (1) CEU and one (1) PAC. For the full CE requirement please click here.

Courses from the National Society of Genetic Counselors are pre-approved by the Idaho Board for CE credit. For a list of NSGC approved courses, click here.


The Board conducts annual audits to ensure compliance with the continuing education requirements.  By submitting your renewal and answering “Yes” to the question that you have met the continuing education requirements, you are certifying that you have already obtained proof of having completed the required continuing education. 

If you have questions about the continuing education or audit requirements, you may e-mail the Board at:

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