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Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)

To be eligible for reciprocity to other IC&RC jurisdictions, credentials obtained through Member Boards must meet the following IC&RC minimum standards:

  • Experience: 2000 hours of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention work experience.
  • Education: 100 hours of prevention specific education. Fifty hours of this education must be ATOD specific. Six hours must be specific to prevention ethics.
  • Supervision: 120 hours specific to the domains with a minimum of ten hours in each domain.
  • Examination: Applicants must pass the IC&RC International Written Prevention Specialist Examination.
  • Code of Ethics: Applicants must sign a prevention specific code of ethics statement or affirmation statement.
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  • 40 hours of continuing education earned every two years.
  • IC&RC credentials can only be obtained by meeting the requirements of the local Member Board where you live or work at least 51 percent of the time. The application process and specific requirements varies for each jurisdiction, so professionals seeking credentialing must contact the local board.
  • As a service to the profession, IC&RC provides a Prevention Specialist (PS) Candidate Guide for students preparing for examinations and their work in the field. IC&RC offers this resource free of charge and updates the publications on an ongoing basis.

PS Domains

  • Planning & Evaluation
  • Prevention Education & Service Delivery
  • Community Organization
  • Public Policy & Environmental Change
  • Professional Growth & Responsibility
  • Communication

Prevention Resources

IC&RC recently released a position paper, "Credentialing of Prevention Professionals Is a Critical Component to Implementing National Health Care Reform." This is a valuable addition to the White Paper, "Assuring Public Safety in the Delivery of Substance Abuse Prevention Services."

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.

Most Frequent Issues with Certification Applications

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