The development of a valid examination for the IC&RC credentialing process begins with a clear and concise definition of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for competent job performance.

Using interviews, surveys, observation, and group discussions, IC&RC works with experts in the fields of prevention, substance use treatment, co-occurring disorders, and recovery to delineate critical job components. The knowledge and skill bases used in actual practice are gathered into the Job Analysis (JA) document, the examination questions are derived from the JA.

Examination questions are written by certified individuals and other professionals who are considered Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in their field. SMEs come from around the world to be trained in item writing best practices. They are assisted by IC&RC’s professional testing company through the entire item writing process. Every examination item then undergoes a three-tiered review process to ensure quality and accuracy prior to becoming a scored item on an IC&RC examination.

Once a candidate has successfully completed their file, they will receive a test registration form. Candidates will need to return the test registration form along with the $180.00 examination fee and the candidate will be registered for the computer examination. At that time the candidate will receive an email from ISO Quality Testing with directions on scheduling your exam on the date and at the location of your choice.

ISO Quality Testing will email the candidates directly with information on how to register for the exam. The candidate will be instructed on how to pick the day, time and location and will be able to print their Admission Letter when they successfully register. Once registered candidates have the option to reschedule or cancel their exam directly through ISO Quality Testing’s website. Candidates should not contact the board office to cancel or reschedule their exam. No shows are charged the full fee. The Admission Letter will give candidates all the information they need to know for their day of testing.

On testing day candidates will be required to show a government-issued photo ID and their Admission Letter. Candidates will have three hours to complete the exam. After the candidate completes the exam they will receive preliminary scores. The preliminary scores will clearly state that scores are not official until they are sent out by their local IC&RC Member Board. Member Boards can expect to receive the official scores shortly after the two week window from SMT.

Exam Preparation

Candidate Guides

IC&RC has developed Candidate Guides to provide candidates with guidance for the IC&RC examination process. Candidate Guides provide background information on the examination development and administration process. They also contain exam content guidelines, sample questions, and examination reference lists. Each IC&RC examination has a coinciding Candidate Guide which can be found linked below:

Practice Exams

Practice Exams are available for the Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC), Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC),Clinical Supervisor (CS), and Prevention Specialist (PS)examinations. Practice Exams were developed in conjunction with IC&RC’s testing company to mimic the exact look and feel of IC&RC’s Computer Based Testing (CBT) platform.

Each practice exam has 50 questions, which candidates have 60 minutes to complete. After completing the practice exam, candidates will receive a score report identifying their areas of strength and weakness. Practice exam questions are not provided at the end of the examination for review.

Candidates should note that there is currently only one version of each practice examination. Purchasing multiple exams will result in candidates taking the same examination with each purchase.

More information on Practice Exams can be found here.

Available Study Guides

Alcohol and Drug Counselor Examination

Getting Ready to Test: A Review and Preparation Manual for Drug and Alcohol Credentialing Exams, 8th Edition

IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) Certification Examination Study Guide (2015)

Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor AND Co-Occurring Disorders Professionals Examinations

Getting Ready to Test: A Review and Preparation Manual for Drug and Alcohol Credentialing Exams, 8th Edition

The Basics: A Curriculum for Co-occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders (2nd Edition)

Prevention Specialist:

Rhode Island Prevention Specialist Certification: Study Guide for the Certification Exam

This 91 page free manual was developed by the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center with the assistance of the Rhode IslandDepartment of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) for those preparing for their Prevention Specialist Examination.

The first half of the guide summarizes key concepts and strategies so that users can review content areas essential to prevention practice including: