Eligibility Criteria for ICCE Examinations

Eligibility Criteria for ICCE Examinations

Credentials for Addiction Treatment Practitioners:

  • International Certified Addiction Professional I (ICAP I):

a. At least one (1) year of full time or 1500 hours of supervised working experience in SUD- related field. Passed the first public examination.
b. Applicants with SUD would need to furnish proof of continuous and supervised sobriety for at least a period of one (1) year.
c. Written verification of competency in required counselling skills and functions as certified by counsellors, supervisors or other health care  professionals who have personally observed the candidate’s work in SUD treatment.
d. Documentation of a total of 120 contact hours of education and training in alcoholism and drug abuse or related counselling subjects. Included in this total must be at least six (6) contact hours of HIV/AIDS training and at least six (6) contact hours of ethics training.
e. Submission of a signed and dated statement that the candidate has read the ICCE Code of Ethics for counsellors and has agreed to adhere to it.
f. Completion of an application for the appropriate level of credential and submission of the same to ICCE
g. Payment of non-refundable application fee.
h. Passing of the ICCE I examination.

  • International Certified Addiction Professional II (ICAP II):

a. At least two (2) years of full-time or 3,000 hours of supervised working experience as a SUD Treatment Practitioner. The two (2) years need not be consecutive.
b. Applicants with SUD would need furnish proof of continuous and supervised sobriety for at least a period of two (2) years.
c. Successful completion of ICAP I and practising as an addiction counsellor for at least two (2) years following ICAP I certification or graduate / higher in relevant field.
d. Achievement of ICAP I and practicing as a SUD Treatment Practitioner for at least two (2) years following ICAP I credentialing or Bachelor’s degree/ higher in the relevant field.
e. Written verification of required counselling skills and functions as certified by counsellors or supervisors or health care professionals who have personally observed the candidate’s work in SUD treatment.
f. Documentation of a total of 240 contact hours of education and training in alcoholism and drug abuse or related counselling subjects. Included in this total must be at least six (6) contact hours of HIV/AIDS training and at least six (6) contact hours of ethics training.
g. Submission of a signed and dated statement that the candidate has read the ICCE Code of Ethics for counsellors and has agreed to adhere to it.
h. Completion of an application for the appropriate level of credential and submission of the same to the ICCE.
i. Payment of non-refundable application fee.
j. Passing of the ICAP II examination

  • International Certified Addiction Professional III (ICAP III)

a. At Least five (5) years of full-time or 7500 hours of supervised working experience as a SUD Treatment Practitioner.
b. Applicants with SUD would need to furnish proof of continuous and supervised sobriety for at least a period of five (5) years.
c. Achievement of ICAP II and practicing as a SUD Treatment Practitioner for at least two (2) years following ICAP II or Masters / higher in relevant field.
d. Written verification of competency in required counselling skills and functions as certified by counsellors or supervisors or other health care professionals who have personally observed the candidate’s work in SUD treatment.
e. Documentation total of 500 contact hours of education and training in alcoholism and drug abuse or related counselling subjects. Included in this total must be at least six (6) contact hours of HIV/AIDS training and at least six (6) contact hours of ethics training.
f. Submission of a signed and dated statement that the candidate has read the ICCE Certification Code of Ethics and agreed to adhere to it.
g. Completion of an application for the appropriate level of credential and submission of the same to ICCE.
h. Payment of non-refundable application fee.
i. Passing of the ICAP III examination.

  • Additional Eligibility Criteria for ICCE Examination Level I:

a. The following individuals without work experience will be allowed to write the ICCE level I Examination on condition that the credential will only be released upon completion of the required supervised working experience, certified by a recognised and licensed treatment and rehabilitation institution in their region:
b. University students who are currently pursuing Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Behavioural Science courses and Nursing Courses. Individuals who have completed their University Degree.
c. Recovering persons (without any work experience and with two year of continuous total abstinence period without any substitution drugs (namely methadone, buprenorphine etc.) who are interested in working in the area of addiction treatment field may undergo the UTC training series and write the ICAP examination.
  • Re-Credentialing of ICAP Credentials

a. Initial credentialing under this programme is valid for a period of 2 years from the date of credential issue. After 2 years, the candidate will be required to re-credential. To do so, he or she must submit a completed application form for re-credentialing and will be required to comply with the following requirements:
b. Indicate that the requirement for 40 contact hours of education/training during the 2 year period of credentialing has been completed. Of the 40 contact hours, 20 hours must be on alcoholism and/ or drug abuse counselling related matters. The other 20 hours may be in other subjects, but should be related to the development of the professional’s expertise in the field, including a minimum 4 hours of ethics training.
c. The applicant is not required to submit training documentation as a routine matter, however, they must maintain appropriate training records and be prepared to submit the documentation should he/she be randomly selected for audit by the Commission.
d. Applicants applying for a renewal of their credential will receive a formal letter announcing that their records are being audited and that they have 30 days to produce documentation of the hours claimed.
e. Credentials of applicants not complying with the audit requirements or failing to provide documentation of the required hours will be presented to the Commission for credential termination.
f. Signature and date indicating the truthfulness of the information presented and professional agreement to continue to adhere to the ICCE Code of Ethics for Credentialed addiction professional.
g. Payment of non-refundable application fee.

  • Recovery Coach (RC) Credentials

Eligibility and Requirements

I. Experience
a. One year of supervised experience in the area of substance use disorders.
b. Evidence of one continued year of total abstinence from all kind of substances.
c. Evidence of 100 hours of education/training in SUD/Peer Recovery.

II. Recommended Practice Areas
a. Screening
b. Outreach during Pre and Post Treatment
c. Facilitating Referral
d. Continuing care (conducting home visit, facilitating support group, psychoeducation, providing support in case management)
e. Community education (preparation & delivery under direct supervision)

III. Recommended Training/Education Hours
a. 100 hours addiction specific training/education which should include ICCE Basic UTC 1 and 2, Specialised Recovery Course, 6 hours of Ethics and 6 hours of HIV.

IV. Ethics : Sign and adhere to ICCE Code of Ethics.

V. Verification of Training/Education/Experience
a. Submit copies of all training/education documents that validate training/education acquired within the past year that total 100 hours.
b. Evidence of at least one year of validated supervision and sobriety

VI. Attainment:
a. Portfolio approved by the Commission.
b. Successfully passed the ICCE Recovery Coach Examination of 100 questions.

V.Completed High School Education (nine years formal education for Japan as approved by the fourth ICCE Commission meeting)

Re-credentialing

Must apply every three years with evidence of 40 hours of continuing education and continued practice in this service and continued sobriety.

CLINICAL SUPERVISION CREDENTIAL (CS) FOR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER PROFESSIONALS

I. Education/Training Hours Required
a. Forty-five (45) hours of didactic and experiential training in clinical supervision which demonstrates the core competencies.
b. Passed ICCE Level II Examination for ICAP II credentialing.
c. Trainings that are offered by established training organisations approved by ICCE Commission will be accepted for this endorsement.
d. Education can be received through many different methods such as workshops, seminars, institutes, in-services, college/university credit courses and provider approved distance education.
II. Required Hours shall include the following Domains
a. Clinical supervision practice and theories (clinical supervision practises may include: how to supervise counsellor interns/trainees to ensure quality performance, the role of a clinical supervisor, methods of supervision, creating a cohesive staff environment through clinical supervision, etc.)
b. Pharmacology and pharmacotherapy
c. Professional issues
d. Clinical theories and practices for addiction treatment
e. Integrated care
f. Ethics
III. Clinical Experience Required
a. Three (3) years and not less than 4,500 hours of supervised employment as a Substance Use Professional
b. 200 hours of face-to-face clinical supervision received. These hours may also be included in the five years of required practice.
c. One year of experience as a full time Clinical Supervisor

IV. References
Three references shall be submitted in sealed envelope from individuals who have either supervised or witnessed the supervision of the candidate for endorsement. This would include:
a. Reference letters from at least two supervisees of the applicant (past or present) and
b. One from the candidate’s (applicant) clinical supervisor.
c. References may be contacted to verify references and for further information.

V. Code of Ethics:
Must sign and adhere to ICCE Code of Ethics statement.

VI. Exam:
Must successfully pass the written Clinical Supervision Credential for Substance Use Disorder Professionals exam. The exam will include the following topic areas:
a. Pharmacology or psychoactive substances
b. Theoretical base of counselling & counselling practice
c. Professional issues of the law and regulation
d. Integrated behavioural health
e. Co-occurring disorders
f. Types of supervision to include individual, group and peer
g. Models of clinical supervision including performance evaluation

Recognising the difference between clinical supervision and administrative supervision, the exam will focus specifically on clinical supervision. Techniques of supervision include the use of recordings and videos, in-room, and interpersonal process recall.

CREDENTIALS FOR SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION PRACTITIONERS:

  • International Certified Prevention Specialist I (ICPS I):

a. Supervised working experience of two (2) years (3,000 hours) in the prevention field (3,000 hours), and possess a Bachelor degree, or
b. Supervised working experience of five (5) years (7,500 hours) in the prevention filed, and possess a High School diploma.
c. Submission of a signed and dated statement that the candidate has read the ICCE Commission’s Code of Ethics for counsellors and has agreed to adhere to it.
d. Completion of an application for the appropriate level of credential and submission of the same to ICCE
e. Payment of non-refundable application fee.

  • International Certified Prevention Specialist II (ICPS II):

a. Supervised working experience of five (5) years (7,500 hours) in the prevention field, and possess a Masters’ degree, or
b. Supervised working experience of seven (7) years (10,500 hours) in the prevention filed, and possess a High School diploma.
c. Submission of a signed and dated statement that the candidate has read the ICCE Commission’s Code of Ethics for counsellors and has agreed to adhere to it.
d. Completion of an application for the appropriate level of credential and submission of the same to the ICCE.
e. Payment of non-refundable application fee.
f. Passing of the ICPS I examination

  • Endorsement

a. One (1) year working experience in the specialised prevention track, or 1,500 hours of supervised working experience.
b. 120 continuing education hours in any of the prevention tracks.
c. Must possess the ICPS 1 or 2 prior to acquiring the endorsement in a specialised track, such as school, workplace, family, media, etc.
d. Submission of a signed and dated statement that the candidate has read the ICCE Certification Code of Ethics and agreed to adhere to it.
e. Completion of an application for the appropriate level of credential and submission of the same to ICCE.
f. Payment of non-refundable application fee.