ICADC International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor

This certification is reciprocal with other IC&RC member boards.

Work Experience

The applicant must have the equivalent of 3 years full-time work experience (6000 hours) within the past 5 years, providing direct, supervised counselling services to persons with the primary diagnosis of alcoholism and/or drug addiction.


The applicant must have 270 documented hours of formal education at the college/university level in the knowledge and skill areas. Please call the CACCF Office for further information if required.

Supervised Clinical Training

The applicant must have 300 hours of documented supervised clinical training with a minimum of 10 hours of supervision in each of the Twelve Core Function areas.

  1. Client Screening
  2. Client Intake
  3. Client Orientation
  4. Treatment Planning
  5. Client Assessment
  6. Counselling
  7. Case Management
  8. Crisis Intervention
  9. Client Education
  10. Referral
  11. Reports and Record Keeping
  12. Consultations with Other Professionals


Having met the basic requirements the candidate will:

  1. You must be an active CACCF member with a valid credential.
  2. Submit a Portfolio Application that outlines work experience, education, supervised clinical training, a signed Canon of Ethics, and the applicable administrative fee.
  3. Pass a written examination based on the Twelve Core Functions that has been approved by the IC&RC.


This certification must be re-certified every year by submitting proof of 20 CACCF approved continuing education hours.