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.
- 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.
- Planning & Evaluation
- Prevention Education & Service Delivery
- Community Organization
- Public Policy & Environmental Change
- Professional Growth & Responsibility
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."