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IC&RC, the world leader in addiction-related credentialing, is making changes to the Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) examination. (updated March 2023)
IC&RC is updating the ADC exam effective March 1, 2023. IC&RC has completed the job task analysis of the drug/alcohol field and will be implementing a new test format for the alcohol/drug counselor exam (ADC). The new test will roll out on March 1st of 2023 and will be based on four new domains of information:
Domain I: Scientific Principles of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders (25% of exam questions)
Domain II: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment (20% of exam questions)
Domain III: Evidence-Based Treatment, Counseling, and Referral (30% of exam questions)
Domain IV: Professional, Ethical, and Legal Responsibilities (25% of exam questions)
An updated Candidate Guide is available reflecting the changes here:
More information on IC&RC’s ADC credential and examination can be found by clicking the button below:
Any questions about these changes may be directed to Rachel Witmer, Assistant Director, at Rachel@internationalcredentialing.org.
NAADAC CREDENTIALS OVERVIEW (updated January 2017)
NAADAC's National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) has instituted three main credentials for addiction counselors:
These credentials are suited to varying degrees of knowledge and formal training, based on the skill set of the substance use disorder professional. Each credential has a different set of standards to fit the testing populations. Movement through the credentials is possible, and each test shows how the counselor is a leader in the profession due to quality standards being met.
The NCC AP also offers opportunities for specialization credentials and endorsements: