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Certification Requirements

Professionals working in the human-service field whose major responsibilities include prevention, treatment, support, care and advocacy of persons with alcohol and/or other drug problems may apply for certification.  Those who specialize in alcohol/drug services can be employed in a variety of environments:  churches, schools, business and industry, hospital-based inpatient programs, detoxification centers, halfway houses, recovery support, prisons and jails, the courts, homeless shelters, or public and private outpatient clinics. 

Persons interested in certification may request application packets which explain the following requirements in complete detail. 

ICAADA offers multiple levels of certification.  All persons seeking certification must complete the following requirements:

  • A confidential evaluation by the candidate's peers and supervisors who are listed as references on the certification application;
  • A written examination passed at the established norm for each respective certification level;
  • A personal appearance before the Certification Board may be requested;
  • Payment of all application and/or certification fees.

Certification Renewal

To renew Membership and Certifications online requires having a registered account

Begin the certification renewal process by submitting the Certification Application. First use the link below to register for a new account. If you already have an account online, please first login. Remember, if you are working on getting certifications for the first time, you can fill out the application and pay the certification dues, but you will need to download and complete all necessary forms and applications per the credential and submit most of them by fax, or mail them in to the ICAADA office.

Register for New Account

Certification is the process of evaluating an individual's experience, education, training, knowledge and competency as an addiction professional.  This function is accomplished by ICAADA's Certification Board, which is composed of elected members of ICAADA, with alternates, and at least one member appointed by the ICAADA Certification Chairperson.  it is the intention of the Board to issue a credential based on the sum total of the applicant's experience, training, peer review, and overall judgement of service to the addictions constituency.

In developing a system for Certification, the Board will assume broad powers in assessing applicants and their portfolios.  With these broad powers in assessing different categories of service, the Board may require additional evidence or information.

The Board, within its rules, will make every effort to function with maximum members present.  In doing so, the Board will be employing an approach that is most favorable to the applicant.  Board members will encourage an open dialogue with the applicant.  However, the Board will respect all confidential material, oral or written.

The Certification Board may enlist technical assistance and consultation, as required from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction and other sources.

Board members who are named as a reference for an applicant will abstain from voting on the certification of that applicant.

For questions about certification, please call our office at 317-923-8800 between 10-4, Monday through Friday.

Common Issues with Certification Applications

 We have listed some of the most common mistakes with the applications we receive. Please have a look so you can learn from others. If you know of others please email our office. Thanks.

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