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Below you will see news and information related to addiction credentialing.

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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 January 2017)

Since June of 2008, the ADC examination has included a written case presentation where candidates were provided with a case overview of a hypothetical client and asked 13 associated questions about the case. This long case study will be eliminated from the ADC examination effective February 1, 2017. The long case will be replaced with multiple smaller vignettes approximately 1-2 paragraphs in length with 3-5 associated examination question.

Candidates currently scheduled for an examination on or after February 1, 2017 will be taking the examination with multiple small vignettes.  The change from long to small case studies will not affect the scoring of examinations. As per usual, there will be 150 items on the ADC examination and the score range will be 200-800 with a 500 passing.

An updated Candidate Guide is available reflecting this change 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


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: