International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium

Examinations

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.

IC&RC Offers Six International Exams:

  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC)
  • Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC)
  • Clinical Supervisor (CS)
  • Prevention Specialist (PS)
  • Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP)
  • Peer Recovery (PR)

Examination Passing Rates:

IC&RC provides examination pass rates for the last three years in order to help candidates prepare for their examination. The number of candidates and pass rates for each IC&RC examination can be found below.

2016

Examination

Number of Candidates

Passing Rate

ADC

4,927

72%

AADC

1,469

60%

PS

352

82%

CS

254

94%

CCJP

44

29%

PR

223

88%


2015

Examination

Number of Candidates

Passing Rate

ADC

5,056

75%

AADC

1,434

53%

PS

298

77%

CS

235

93%

CCJP

40

58%

PR

123

86%


2014

Examination

Number of Candidates

Passing Rate

ADC

5,419

73%

AADC

1332

46%

PS

280

80%

CS

221

90%

CCJP

51

59%

PR

2

100%





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