Your certificate will be mailed to you as soon as your application review is complete. It may take up to 30 days to complete your review. Due to most workplace requirements it is strongly recommended you submit your recertification packet at least 30 days prior to the expiration date. There is no longer a 30 day grace period after the date of your certification expiration. Once your certification has expired it may be necessary for you to reapply and complete the examination to recertify.
Please note that you must keep your certification current at all times to practice legally as a substance abuse counselor. You should not practice during a lapsed period.
Since 1981, IC&RC has protected the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of addiction-related professionals. Today, IC&RC represents 76 member boards and over 45,000 professionals from 25 countries, 45 U.S. states, and two U.S. territories. IC&RC’s eight credentials include counselors, clinical supervisors, prevention specialists, criminal justice, co-occurring disorders professionals, and the newly developed peer credential.
IC&RC member boards use IC&RC standards and exams to credential prevention, treatment, and recovery professionals on a reciprocal level. While certification or license names may vary from one state or country to another, IC&RC’s international credentials include:
Earning a reciprocal level certification or license through an IC&RC member board entitles professionals to purchase an International Certificate to signify their international, reciprocal status. To purchase an International Certificate, professionals must first hold a valid and current reciprocal level credential or license through an IC&RC member board before completing the International Certificate Order Form.
An International Certificate is directly tied to a professional’s certification or license with an IC&RC member board. They are not free-standing certificates and International Certificates will be issued to professionals using the same expiration date used by his or her member board for the corresponding credential or license. Professionals should contact their IC&RC member board to determine the equivalency of their credential or license.
Certificates are $30.00 USD each, and processing orders requires three to four weeks. When requesting an International Certificate, please be sure to include a copy of your board specific reciprocal level certification or license.